Dad’s genius iPhone video hack is a gift for every parent out there with young kids

By Annie Reneau for upworthy.com

Most of us set out on our parenting journey with the best of intentions to keep our kids off of screens, and some of us may even succeed at it to some degree. But we live in the digital age, and especially in a year like the one we’ve just had, parents also need to utilize the tools we have to stay sane.

Since smartphones make it so most of us carry a screen around with us at all times, it’s easy for parents to pull up a child’s favorite show or movie to put on when the going gets tough. What’s not so easy is keeping a kid from touching the screen or pushing buttons that take them out of the video (best case scenario) or mess up your apps or settings on your phone (I once had a kid accidentally do a hard reset on my iPhone by accident—oof).

Apparently, folks with Android phones have something called “Kid Mode” that takes care of that issue with one step. For parents with iPhones, it’s not nearly so simple.

However, dad Ryan Chowansky has shared how to do it in a TikTok video that’s been viewed more than 25 million times. The steps aren’t super intuitive, but once you get it down it only takes a few seconds to play a video on the phone while disabling the screen and buttons so a kid can’t muck anything up.

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