Disable the Picture Frame Button from the iPad Lock Screen

Jul 15, 2013 - Leave a Comment

Though the iPad Picture Frame feature is nice, having it appear on the lock screen can be a problem. For one, it’s very easy to accidentally tap which is just frustrating, but perhaps more important is the potential privacy issues caused by Picture Frame defaulting to show the entire Photo app Camera Roll. This means that even with a lock screen passcode set, tapping that flower button may wind up displaying some pictures you don’t really want to share with the world.

Turn Off the Picture Frame button on iPad lock screen

There are really three ways to manage this: by creating and setting a custom album specifically for the Picture Frame feature, keeping a watchful eye on the pictures stored on the iPad, or perhaps easiest, disabling the flower Picture Frame button from the lock screen entirely, which is what we’ll cover here.

  • Open Settings and go to “General”, then choose “Passcode Lock” and enter the lock screen passcode if one is set
  • Look under “Allow Access When Locked:” for “Picture Frame” and set that to OFF

Disable the Picture Frame on the iPad

Going back to the lock screen, you will now find the flower button is removed, and you won’t be able to access the picture frame from the lock screen any longer. Instead, you will need to manually start a slideshow from the Photos app if you do want to turn the device into a picture frame or slide show.

You probably noticed that you must have a passcode set and turned on in order to disable the picture frame. While that may be disappointing if you’re just wanting to turn off the flower button to stop accidentally tapping it, but for privacy reasons it makes a lot of sense, since obviously only a lock screen passcode is going to prevent someone from gaining access to the Photos app and the full camera roll anyway.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, Tips & Tricks

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