Disabling Touch Screen/Home Button During Video (iPad)

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by N3rd4Christ, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. N3rd4Christ macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2010
    Hello and thanks in advance,

    I am looking for an application that disables the touch screen and homebutton during video play. My 11 month old loves watching veggietales on my ipad but constantly pauses/exits the video app. i was wondering if its possible to disable home/touch screen while watchign video and bind it to like the volume buttons. I have 3.2.2 iPad that has been p0isoned.

  2. G0lfYankee, Mar 25, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2011

    G0lfYankee macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2011
    United Kingdom
    I have found a solution!

    Hello there!

    I've been looking for exactly this fix for a long while, and have come across your posts several times. I'm a scientist, and read research papers on my iPad, but it's annoying that the zoom changes / the page flies about whenever I brush the screen with my hand, so the ability to lock the input is quite important to me.

    After weeks of searching, I've found two solutions, both of which require a jailbroken iPad. I know it's been a while since you posted this question, but I hope you see this post. I'll try and post this reply on a couple of other forums looking for this fix, too. Maybe next time you go on a search, you'll see one of them.

    Solution 1: Download a Cydia application called iWhiteboard. This uses activator gestures to enable a 'draw mode' which disables the touch screen as a by-product of it's function: scribbling all over the screen. However, you can enter the 'eraser tool' with a couple of clicks, which is essentially a disabled screen. No touch input will do anything, except the activator gesture to disable iWhiteboard.

    Solution 2: This is a better solution, but is slightly more tricky to implement. Finding this took a stroke of genius on my part, I hope the developer considers adding it to a more mainstream repo. There is a repository for Cydia, created by a developer for one single app: "Touch Lock". It's amazing, and is exactly what we've been looking for.

    Add the source "http://cydia.myrepospace.com/tomoru84/" to Cydia. The server for this source is really slow, so be patient while it verifies the URL. Next, browse to the repo, and install Touch Lock. You can assign any activator gesture to lock/unlock the touch inputs on an iOS device. It works perfectly on my iPhone (running 4.1), but my iPad is on iOS4.3, so I've not been able to jailbreak it for a test just yet. Hopefully in the next week after Comex releases an untethered jailbreak for iOS4.3.

    I hope this helps you (and others) who have been looking for a solution which enables the temporary disabling of touch-inputs on the iPad for reading, passing it around, watching videos etc. Enjoy!

    EDIT: Unfortunately, Touch Lock has not been updated for use with iOS 4.xx and likely will not be updated to run on iOS 5 either. iWhiteboard remains the only viable solution that I've found to this problem
  3. Machster69, Nov 27, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2011

    Machster69 macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2011
    I Fixed it

    I jus uploaded it without ios restrictions

  4. koollectablz macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2009
    Many thanks for this!

    Been looking for something so I could the iPad as a light box.

    Working great for me on iPad 1 - 5.01.
  5. Riderzzz macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2012
    Is this "hack" still thebest solution to let your kids see a video :)

    Its working great on my Iphone 4 5.0.1, but the slide notification screen is still popping up when sliding from the top.
  6. jhscann macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2011
    Forget all of these and use IncarcerApp on Cydia. Does everything and more. Block / disable home screen, touch, alerts, calls, screen rotation etc. All configurable and controlled via Activator :eek:)
  7. xmen171 macrumors newbie


    Oct 3, 2012
    Easy! Use iOS6's new feature called "Guided Access"

    Go to Settings
    Then to General
    Scroll down to Accessibility
    Click Learning On for Guided Accesss
    Go to whichever video or App that you want to control
    Triple Click the Home button in that video or App
    You can designate an area of the screen that you do not want to be touched
    The Home bottom and Sleep buttons will be disabled by default
    Just triple click the Home button again to go back to normal
    Works wonders for my 2-year old
  8. jhscann macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2011
    thanks dude!

    back to standard iOS :)
  9. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Oh if only the original iPad would support iOS 6.

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