One of the things offered on a Mac that isn’t currently available on the iPhone or iPad out of the box is Guest Mode. This feature allows friends or strangers to log into your device using a separate user account, which means they can take care of what they need to without accessing any of your account’s private and personal files and information.
Many iPhone and iPad users would enjoy having a feature like this on their mobile devices for the sake of allowing friends and family members to use said devices without exposing their own personal information. Sadly, Apple hasn’t indicated any intention of offering such a feature, and that’s where having a jailbroken handset comes in handy.
Geometric Software is known for making one of the best and easiest Guest Mode jailbreak tweaks on the market, known by many as the LendMyPhone series of add-ones. Veteran jailbreakers may remember when we went hands-on with LendMyPhone 3 for iOS & iPadOS 13 last year, and now that we’re well into the season of jailbreaking iOS & iPadOS 14, it may come as no surprise to some that LendMyPhone 4 for iOS & iPadOS 14 is now available to the masses.
LendMyPhone 4 is a lot like its predecessor in many ways, which means that you can hide specific apps from the Home Screen when guest mode is enabled, set limits on what Control Center toggles can be used, prevent the Home Screen’s icon layout from being tampered with, blacklist and whitelist certain apps from being killed in the App Switcher, and block access to sensitive interfaces like Notification Center and Spotlight search, among other things.
Once installed, LendMyPhone 4 adds a dedicated preference pane to the Settings app where users can configure LendMyPhone 4 to their liking:
Options here include:
- Enabling or disabling LendMyPhone 4 on demand
- Creating and managing existing guest users to control who can and can’t use your device
As you begin creating a new guest account only our device, you will be asked to enter specific details about that user:
Things you’ll need to enter here include:
- A name for the guest user’s account
- An image for the guest user’s account
- A custom passcode for the guest user’s account
It’s worth noting that the passcode above should be different from your personal passcode. When this specific passcode is entered, the tweak will know to toggle Guest Mode instead of allowing the user to browse your apps and data without any limitations whatsoever.
After setting up the Guest Mode account, you can configure what that guest user will and won’t be allowed to do on your device:
Options here include:
- Prevent apps from being killed via the App Switcher
- Choose what the specific passcode will be for that user account
- Disable access to Control Center
- Disable the ability to modify the Home Screen’s app icon arrangement
- Disable access to the App Switcher entirely
- Disable access to Notification Center
- Disable access to Spotlight search
- Choose which apps (pre-installed and user-installed) the guest user can and can’t use
With all of the options that LendMyPhone 4 brings to the table for pwned iPhone and iPad users, it’s no question that it’s one of the best tweaks available for allowing friends and family to use your handset without providing them with access to your personal information. It’s perfect for letting someone browse the web or play games while ensuring that they don’t peruse your Camera Roll or look through your own messaging or web browsing history, among other things.
Those who’d like to add Guest Mode functionality to their jailbroken iPhone or iPad running iOS or iPadOS 14 will want to head over to the Geometric Store repository via their favorite package manager. There, LendMyPhone 4 is available as a $3.99 purchase.
If you’re not already using the Geometric Store repository, then you can add it to your package manager of choice with the following URL:
Do you plan to add a Guest Mode to your iPhone or iPad? Tell us why or why not in the comments section down below.