Guided Access is an excellent set of features for the iPhone that allows one to restrict or block inputs to the device. How can I replicate this behavior with my Android phone?

The features the I am most interested in (so that I can restrict access to my phone when my children are using it) are:

  • ability to disable all hard buttons (power, volume up/down, back, home, the button that display open tasks, etc.), and
  • ability to disable all touch events.

Of course, such an app must also provide a way to re-enable these inputs again using one of them (or said another way, to disable the restrictions). For example, to disable guided access on the iPhone, one triple-clicks the home button.


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Lollipop includes a feature called 'screen pinning', where you can lock access to only a specific app; from the app you want to lock to, tap the Recents/Overview button, tap the light teal icon in the bottom-right of the card and follow the instructions onscreen.

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    What about the ability to disable hardware buttons? Jun 8, 2015 at 23:21

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