Adopting the UIGuided​Access​Restriction​Delegate protocol in your application delegate allows you to add custom restrictions for the Guided Access feature in iOS.


Custom restrictions are represented by string identifiers provided by the developer in the guided​Access​Restriction​Identifiers method. Each identifier represents an operation in the app that the developer wishes to allow users to restrict using Guided Access. The default for all operations is allow. Users can deny operations using the normal Guided Access user interface. See for a description of how to enable and configure Guided Access on iOS.

Apps describe their custom restrictions by implementing the text​For​Guided​Access​Restriction(with​Identifier:​) and detail​Text​For​Guided​Access​Restriction(with​Identifier:​) methods to return appropriate localized, human-readable strings.

For example, a photo editing app might allow users to disable deleting photos. The app would return an identifier representing this restriction in its guided​Access​Restriction​Identifiers method. It would also implement text​For​Guided​Access​Restriction(with​Identifier:​) to provide a human-readable description of the restriction. Finally, the app would implement guided​Access​Restriction(with​Identifier:​did​Change:​) to notice when a user indicates that they want to enable the restriction. When the app sees the state change to “deny”, it would configure itself to prevent the deletion of photos by any means. Similarly, when the app sees the state change to “allow”, it would configure itself to allow photo deletion.

Apps can use the UIGuided​Access​Restriction​State​For​Identifier(_:​) function to check the state of a restriction at any time.


Identifying Custom Guided Access Restrictions

var guided​Access​Restriction​Identifiers:​ [String]?

Returns an array of strings identifying custom restrictions.

func text​For​Guided​Access​Restriction(with​Identifier:​ String)

Returns a succinct description of the restriction for the provided identifier.

func detail​Text​For​Guided​Access​Restriction(with​Identifier:​ String)

Returns more detailed information about the restriction for the provided identifier.

Implementing Restrictions

func guided​Access​Restriction(with​Identifier:​ String, did​Change:​ UIGuided​Access​Restriction​State)

Tells the delegate that the restriction associated with the identifier has changed state.



The state of a restriction, either allow or deny.


Inherits From