Setting up "profiles" in iPad (and others)

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  1. PracticalMac macrumors 68030

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    Friend wants to have kids use iPad but restrict certain apps, but then when parent use it have access to all apps.

    What suggestions, techniques, or such to use, or maybe website with such advice.

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  2. PracticalMac thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Is there a way to make icons for certain apps invisible? Perhaps drop in folder and make that folder invisible?

    I know, probably say needs jail brake...
     
  3. Menel macrumors 603

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    iPad like the iPhone, is a single user personal device.

    Yes, settings -> general -> restrictions. No.
     
  4. ipsychedelic macrumors 6502a

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    A tiring workaround would be to use a Cydia tweak that can put passwords on apps and then once your friend is using it, he'd have access to all of them via the password.
    Folders can be passworded too.

    But then I don't remember or don't know if it would allow you to just "remove" the password protection for the current "session", meaning, when your friend is using it.
     
  5. tekno macrumors 6502a

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    I think I'm right in saying that this is exactly where Apple products are no good. The iPad can be used in one way - the Apple way. To do what you want would require apps to have access to the iPad's operating system which Apple doesn't allow.

    Maybe look at an Android tablet as I suspect they can do this stuff.
     
  6. iZac macrumors 68000

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    As I suspected and have subsequently found out - the iPad is a 'home' device and desperately needs a log-in system for multiple users. I share the OPs desire for such a thing...
     
  7. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Is the iPad really a device that lends itself to sharing? Particularly with children involved I can see the "It's My Turn" argument rolling along. An iPad is a single user device. An adult couple should be capable of sharing, but if you really want to create different home screens, screensavers etc. then a Mac with a separate account is surely the more sensible option?
     
  8. NbinHD macrumors 6502

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    In settings I'm pretty sure that you can restrict selected apps and to access the app you need to enter a pass code. Google it. You should find a answer to it.
     
  9. iZac macrumors 68000

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    Indeed, my thinking is more to do with personal info. Part of the beauty of these devices is connecting them to your contacts, mail, apps, bookmarks, photos stream etc etc. Now ... I have no secrets from my partner, but equally there is data you want to keep separate. iMessages and emails for example, what a mess to have to sign out of iMessage or jump in and out of each others mailboxes. You still want the personal experience from it and basically turning off iCloud is a waste of the devices integration.

    Our iPad sits on the sofa and we both use it to play games, browse the net, but then for example things like FaceTime becomes a pain in the ass because you have to custom add people and not link it back to iCloud lest it merge both your contacts. I've ended up disabling iCloud and dumping half of the iPads built in apps into an unused folder.

    I have other similar frustrations and I know there are work arounds for most of those concerns, but a simple log-in system would retain the 'personal' aspect of the device whilst letting it be used by multiple parties. I don't know ... Maybe I'm just trying to use it in the wrong way, but for a living room device it certainly likes to have only one master.

    As for sharing among family households, I get the feelng that Apple are seeing a fair number of people who are using it to replace the knackered old laptop or rubbish netbook sitting in the arm of the couch. That doesnt discount that many of us here may be fortunate enough to buy one just for ourselves, but I think a family computer is the reality of how many people are using them.

    That became a bit of a rant, a apologise. I love this iPad to bits, I just wish it could outperform my expectations sometimes :p
     
  10. Menel macrumors 603

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    We each have our own iPads... :) just like we have our own independent iPhones.
     
  11. PracticalMac thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I was not thinking of completely separate log in screens, but a set of apps that can be available with single password.
     
  12. McGiord macrumors 601

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    This is something that is definitely needed.
    Be aware that by enabling restrictions you will loose the folder configuration that contained the restricted Apps, and after disabling the restrictions you will have the Apps back but out of the folders.

    Apple has a good opportunity to update this in the next iOS revisions. I hope they focus on fixing things like this instead of the twitter and Facebook BS.
     

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