[Full Guide] iPad Stuck in Guided Access? - 6 Easy Fixes

Clare Weaver
Last updated: Feb 2, 2024

This post is about possible reasons and practical fixes for the iPad stuck in Guided Access issue. Keep reading.

What to do while your iPad is frozen on Guided Access? Follow this guide to exit the Guided Access and use your iPad as normal.

iPad stuck in guided access

Why Is My iPad Stuck in Guided Access?

The reasons why your iPad gets stuck in Guided Access are mainly:

  • iPadOS system glitches.
  • Outdated iPadOS version.
  • The wrong Guided Access settings.
  • The Accessibility Shortcut is disabled.

How to Fix iPad Stuck in Guided Access

Now that you have figured out why your iPad is stuck in Guided Access, let's learn how to fix iPad Guided Access stuck.

In total, we prepared 6 workarounds for you. Check the step-by-step guide below.

1. Triple-click the Home/Top button to Exit

First, ensure you have tried the right way to turn off Guided Access. Apple pops up a message that informs you: "Guided Access is enabled. Triple-click the home button to exit."

iPad in Guided Access

Here are the full steps of how to turn off Guided Access on iPad:

  1. Triple-click the Home/top button to exit.
  2. Select Guided Access if there is more than one Triple-click Accessibility Shortcut.
    Accessibility shortcut
  3. Enter the passcode if asked.
  4. Click End at the top left corner.
    Guided Access Ended
  1. Triple-click the Home button or top button depending on your iPad model. You can go to Guided Access Settings to check which button you should click.
  2. If you have enabled Face ID or Touch ID under Passcode Settings, double-click the top/Home button to end Guided Access using Face ID/Touch ID.

2. Force Restart Your iPad

Force restart may bring you out of iPad Guided Access stuck. But if you disabled the Sleep/Wake or Volumes buttons in the Guided Access Options, you may fail to force restart your iPad.

The way to force restart an iPad varies for different iPad models:

  • For iPad with Home button:

Press and hold the top button and the Home button at the same time. Release both buttons after the Apple logo appears.

Force restart iPad with Home button
  • For iPad without Home button:
  1. Press and quickly release the volume up button.
  2. Press and quickly release the volume down button.
  3. Press and hold the top button.
  4. Release both buttons after the Apple logo appears.
Force restart iPad without Home button

3. Enable Guided Access Accessibility Shortcut and Modify Options

Many users have encountered the "iPad stuck in guided access triple click not working" issue or the "iPad stuck in guided access keyboard not working" issue.

In fact, most of them are caused by wrong Guided Access Settings. Or the Guided Access has not reached its time limit.

How to enable Accessibility Shortcut for Guided Access:

  • Go to Settings>General>Accessibility>Guided Access>Toggle on Accessibility Shortcut.
Enable Accessibility Shortcut

While you start or under Guided Access, check and modify Guided Access Options.

Here are mainly 7 options:

  • Sleep/Wake Button ( or Top Button)
  • Volume Buttons
  • Motion
  • Keyboards
  • Touch
  • Dictionary Lookup
  • Time Limit

4. Fix the iPad Stuck in Guided Access Issue with BuhoRepair

If you are looking for a professional and reliable way, you can ask a third-party repair tool for help. BuhoRepair is a simple and effective iPadOS/iOS system recovery software that helps fix common iPhone/iPad issues in minutes.

Here is how to fix iPad Guided Access stuck with BuhoRepair:

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  1. Free download, install, and launch BuhoRepair.
  2. Connect your iPad to your computer via a USB cable.
  3. Click Repair Now under System Repair.
  4. Select Standard Repair>Repair Now.
    Fix Guided Access Stuck with BuhoRepair
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the repair process.

5. Fix iPad Stuck in Guided Access Won't Turn Off via Lost Mode

Mark your iPad as lost, which helps you get out of Guided Access easily. Go to icloud.com and put your iPad in Lost Mode to exit the Guided Access mode.

Here is how:

  1. Go to icloud.com.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. Find and click Find My.
  4. Click your iPad's icon>Mark As Lost.
iPad Lost Mode

6. Restore Your iPad with Finder/iTunes

The ultimate way to fix the iPad guided access stuck is to use Finder/iTunes to restore your iPad.

But it's worth noting that this method will erase all your iPad data. You'd better back up important data before you perform this action.

Here is how:

  1. Connect your iPad to your computer.
  2. Open Finder/iTunes.
  3. Enter the passcode if asked.
  4. Click Restore iPad.
Restore iPad with Finder


Is this post helpful? Try these 6 methods to fix the "iPad stuck in Guided Access" issue now.

Clare Weaver

Clare Weaver has been captivated by the world of Apple products since the launch of iconic iPhone in 2007. With a wealth of experience, Clare is your go-to source for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and all things Apple.