Is there a way to diable the MAIL program on the iPAD
Posted on 2011-04-28
I want to use the iPad in a school setting where different users, students and teachers, will be using the same device. Is there a way to turn off MAIL - I don't want a teacher to decide to set up an account and then later a student to read her mail. I can tell them not to do it, but I want a way to lock it down so they can't do it.
Under settings and restrictions, MAIL is not one of the built-in apps you can remove (anyone know why that is?- I am trying to keep a positive attitude that Apple has a logical reason for why they would have a 'parent control' feature where you can turn off the camera, or safari, or installing of apps, etc - but not include MAIL).
When looking at the restrictions you can restrict anyone from making account changes in the mail, calendars, contacts area of settings - which is a perfectly good solution except when I restrict this with no email acount set up (which does make it where I cannot set up an email account from settings) I am prompted to set up an email account when I open MAIL and that account sets up with no problem. Argh. - Hopefully this just a developer oversight that Apple will fix in an update - I mean, why allow restricting account changes, but then still prompt for account setup on launch - I know that would work when you have an account and just don't want anyone making changes or adding more accounts but seriously if someone understands the why you can't restrict it completely, please explain.
Is there another way of restricting access to the MAIL program that I am missing?
I guess I could set up a dummy account that just auto rejects/deltes all email and doesn't allow sending email either or connecting to calendars, etc. - then use that account with changes to account settings restricted - but I would prefer a way to just turn off the MAIL app. (I haven't tested the dummy account solution yet)