We recently upgraded phones and after some research, I got the iPhone 6 and Jill got the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. We like the idea of being on different platforms and in theory having the best of both worlds in the same family. Ultimately our choices came down to which phones have the best camera and functionality for kids.
The iPhone has “guided access.” Basically you triple-click the home button and it locks a user into an app. The only way to get out is to triple-click again and enter a PIN to exit. We also disabled in-app purchases and required my fingerprint for other purchases. This has worked great for handing the phone to our 3 year old and not having to worry about him wandering around.
We heard about the Kids Mode on the Galaxy S5 from some friends and were excited to hear about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Kids Mode as well. After seeing the demo at the store, we picked one up and fired it up at home. We found that Kids Mode wasn’t actually loaded onto the phone. We knew there had to be a way to install or enable it, so we took to Google and searched for anything about the Galaxy Note 4 and Kids Mode. Unfortunately pages and pages of results were fruitless. We went through all the settings on the phone, but found nothing either. By chance we clicked on the “Galaxy Essentials” banner factory set on the screen and it took us to some sort of Galaxy App Store that had Kids Mode available for download. I’m not sure why it was so difficult to find in the first place, but hey, we got it downloaded and installed and kids are lovin’ it. Hopefully this is helpful to anyone searching for the same solution. Enjoy!