How To Lock Apps On iPhone With A Password Or TouchID!
Whether you want to protect your app settings or stop kids, friends, and family from seeing anything they shouldn’t, this guide shows you how to lock apps on your iPhone. Unfortunately, as of now, iOS doesn’t have an official built-in feature allowing the locking of apps individually, so the process of locking apps is limited and very different from what we find on Android. Luckily, there are a few workarounds, and this feature can help shield your privacy and ensure only authorized users can gain access.
Highlights of the Story
- iOS is one of the most used operating systems alongside Android, this mobile OS powers all the iPhones in the world
- While Android has been known for its customization abilities for a very long time, iOS is generally more constrained, and the features are restricted
- iOS doesn’t support locking of apps natively, but luckily there are a few workarounds that allow this functionality
iPhones are one of the most sold smartphones in the market right now and take up a massive share of the market. While these smartphones are effortless to learn and use, they lack some features that are considered essential on their Android counterparts.
The App Lock feature is one such thing that has been available for several years on Android smartphones but has never made it to the iOS versions over the past several years. Luckily, there are a few workarounds to get this feature to work on the iPhone, and this guide will show you the different options to lock apps on iPhone.
How to Lock Apps on iOS?
Method 1: Use this method to Lock First-Party Apps
iOS doesn’t have built-in system-level support for locking apps individually, so, at the moment, the ability to lock apps individually remains limited. There are a few workarounds and fixes you can use to create a similar impact. Follow the steps below to lock the first party applications on iOS
- Open the Settings app
- Go to the Screen Time tab, enable it and then head to the Content and Privacy Restrictions section
- Now tap on the Allowed Apps option and turn off toggles for all the apps that you do not want to use
- Head back to the home screen to save the settings.
On iPhones running iOS 11 or older, you will have to use the Restrictions feature. Go to the Settings app and open the General section. Scroll down and navigate to the Restrictions tab and open it; here, Enable Restrictions. You will need to enter a new passcode and confirm it. Once the restrictions are enabled with a new passcode, you are presented with a variety of options. The only downside of this is that only first-party apps from Apple are included in this.
By Swiping the green toggle icon to the off position for all the apps using this method, you can prevent the disabled apps from appearing on the home screen. While this isn’t much of a lock option, it prevents the app from working on the phone and works as a temporary app removal method. Since the apps you lock here are not accessible until you re-allow them from the restrictions tab, this method can be less than optimum for most users.
Method 2: Lock Apps On iPhone using Screen Time Limits Feature
You can also use the time limits feature that was introduced in iOS 12 to set a lock on the app.
- Go to the Settings app and open the Screen Time tab
- Then go to the App Limits section and tap on Add Limit option
- Now you will be presented with a list of apps and you need to decide on which apps to restrict access, tap on the checkbox button to the left of the app category that you want to restrict such as Social Networking.
- You can restrict only certain apps under a category by tapping through the category
- Choose a time limit for the use of the app category, you can set a time limit for the use of that app category and customize the days that you want this restriction to be active, tap on the Add button to save the settings.
Once the predefined time limit is set, the app would get locked, and you can always extend the time limit by clicking on “Ask for More Time” and entering the passcode to disable the lock.
Method 3: Lock Apps on iPhone Using Guided Access
Guided Access is another nuclear app lock option and prevents you from leaving the app you have already opened. This can come very handy when you have to give your phone to another user for a particular app on your phone, but you are worried that they might venture elsewhere without authorisation.
- To enable Guided Access, head over to Settings and select Accessibility
- Now select Guided Access and and enable the toggle.
- Now head over to Passcode Settings and set Guided Access Passcode
The guided access feature is pretty cool. It lets you lock your device to use a single particular app. To enable the Guided Access feature, just triple press the power button or the touch-ID to enable it in any app. The way these feature works is that it locks the device to a single app and comes in handy when you are handing your phone River to your friends or family and are worried that they would peep into other apps and check your text messages or your Instagram.
Again, triple press the power button or touch-id to end the guided mode, enter the secure password and click on End at the top right.
Method 4: Lock Apps on iPhone Using a Third-Party Apps
There are no official third-party apps that allow users to lock any app on iPhone, unlike we have tons of apps for this on Android. The best way here is to install some third-party apps such as BioProtect, Locktopus, and AppLocker. These apps are only supported on Jailbroken iPhones, and we personally don’t recommend using these apps and the whole process of Jailbreaking the iPhone as it’s only meant for advanced users. But still, if you want, you can try these out.
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