iPhone’s Airplane Mode can be used to prevent your child from making accidental phone calls.
If you have small kids in your household I’m sure they want to be on your iPhone more than you want them to be. As a parent you’d want them to use it to play games and such but not make any phone calls.
How would you prevent your child from making any accidental phone calls while using your iPhone? Well, it’s pretty simple.
iPhone comes with an Airplane Mode that shuts the phone feature off when turned on. It is intended to be used on an airplane where your iPhone might be interfering with the cockpit controls and you still want to use your iPhone for other purposes (read “iPod”). But that trick can be employed to prevent your child from accidentally making phone calls as well.
Tap into “Settings” and then on the Settings page the very first item you see would be “Airplane Mode“. Turn it ON to engage the airplane mode.
Now, when you try to make a phone call while the Airplane Mode is engaged you’ll get a popup that prevents you from making phone calls unless you disable Airplane Mode.
The bad part about this implementation is that you can disable the Airplane Mode right from the popup itself (which is a pretty bad usability scenario). It’s prone to accidental disabling but consider that as a thin shield that prevents your iPhone from making phone calls right away.
Once you disable it on the dialog your iPhone will search for the service and once available it makes the phone call as usual.
It might not be the fool-proof way of preventing your child from accidentally making phone calls on your iPhone but it surely can help to a certain level. Of course, there are other iPhone parental controls that you can use to prevent your child from misusing your iPhone but those are a bit more involved process.
If you want a quick turn on/off setting to prevent your phone from making accidental calls you can make use of the Airplane Mode in iPhone.