A password or biometric authentication system only provides one layer of protection, because once bypassed, anyone can access nearly all apps and content on your iPhone.Therefore, to increase security, you should consider locking apps.We will cover all the unique ways to lock apps on iPhone.
How to lock apps on iPhone with passcode
Currently, there is no built-in security feature that allows you to set an App Lock password for your iPhone.However, there is a workaround available.Let’s take a look at how to use Screen Time to lock apps on iPhone with passcode:
1. Go to Settings > Screen Time > App & Website Activity > Turn on App & Website Activity.
2. Tap Lock screen time settings.Enter your preferred four-digit password.This passcode is different from the passcode used to unlock your iPhone.
3. Go to App Restrictions > Add Restriction.Enter your Screen Time password to access the page.
4. To use the Screen Time passcode to lock all apps on your iPhone, select All apps and categories.To lock a specific app, you can swipe down on the screen to reveal the search bar and find the app from there.You can also tap the drop-down arrow in each category to select an individual app.
5. After selecting the app, tap Next.
6. Set the application limit to 1 minute.Make sure "Block when restrictions end" is enabled.
7. Tap Add to save the settings.
Now, all your iPhone apps are passcode locked after one minute of use each day.Anyone who clicks on a locked app will see a "time limit" message.The "Ask for more time" option can only be bypassed by entering the Screen Time passcode.
However, the Screen Time method also has some limitations.First, system apps like Safari are not automatically included in the "All apps and categories" option.You need to find the app manually using the search bar.Another limitation is that Screen Time cannot lock several apps, such as Settings and Phone.
In addition, Screen Time also provides the option to "use one more minute" to use an application without entering a password.Once the minute is up, you can only choose to unlock another 15 minutes, an hour, or a full day. Screen Time doesn't let you immediately re-lock an app every time you exit it.
How to lock apps on iPhone using Face ID or Touch ID
If Screen Time doesn't quite meet your needs, don't worry, because there are other ways to lock apps without using Screen Time.In addition to Screen Time passcode, you can also use Face ID or Touch ID to lock apps on your iPhone.
First, you need to set up Face ID on your iPhone.If your iPhone uses Touch ID, the setup steps are basically the same.Once enabled, you can use Face ID (or Touch ID) to lock apps on your iPhone.
However, we would like to point out that not all apps can be locked with Face ID or Touch ID.Fortunately, many popular apps, such as WhatsApp and Messenger, can do this.
How to Use Shortcuts to Lock Apps on iPhone
If an app doesn't directly offer the option to lock with Face ID or Touch ID, we have a workaround.You can create an iPhone shortcut to lock any app you want.
The steps are the same as creating an iPhone shortcut to lock the Photos app.The only difference is that when you customize "Select", select all the apps you want to lock before clicking "Done".
Shortcuts lock the entire iPhone when you try to access the app.To continue accessing the app, you must unlock it using your iPhone lock screen passcode, Face ID, or Touch ID, depending on which features you have enabled.
How to lock apps on iPhone using Guided Access
Guided Access works slightly differently than the iPhone's App Lock. When Guided Access is enabled, the feature locks access to all apps on your iPhone except the app currently open on the screen.
So, you can use this app lock method when someone asks to borrow your phone temporarily to use an app.Just launch the above app and activate "Guide Access" and all other apps are safe and cannot be accessed via password, Face ID or Touch ID.
Follow these steps to lock apps on your iPhone using Guided Access:
1. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Guided Access.Toggle "Guided Access".
2. Tap Password settings > Set Guided Access password.Enter your six-digit password.This passcode is different from the passcode used to lock your iPhone.It's also different from screen time.
3. Alternatively, you can switch Face ID or Touch ID to use a biometric passcode.
Now, if you have an iPhone X or later, to app lock your iPhone and restrict access to one app, triple-click the side button.If you have an iPhone 8 or older, triple-click the Home button.
You'll know the app lock was successful when you see the "Wizardized Access Started" pop-up.To exit Guided Access, triple-click the Side or Home button again, enter your password, then tap End.Alternatively, you can double-click the same button and authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID to exit.
Can you lock iPhone apps with third-party apps?
You may have heard of the App Lock app for Android.So, does the iPhone have a similar app lock?Technically, the answer is yes; such third-party applications do exist.However, they only run on jailbroken devices.
While it may be tempting to unlock new customization possibilities and access new apps on your iPhone, please consider carefully as jailbreaking your iPhone comes with risks, such as exposing the device to security vulnerabilities.
Other tips for locking app content on iPhone
Besides locking entire apps, there are other ways to lock app content on your iPhone from prying eyes.
There are already some options built into Apple's native apps.For example, you can lock specific iPhone notes with a passcode.
Another method is to remember to log out of apps that have password-protected accounts, such as social media and digital wallet apps.Normally, you can just go to your profile and scroll down the list of settings to find the "Logout" or "Logout" button.
Lock iPhone apps for added privacy
We learned how to lock apps on your iPhone using a passcode, Face ID or Touch ID, and Guided Access.Admittedly, these methods are not perfect, as each method has some minor limitations.
However, you can still rely on them to effectively lock apps on your iPhone.Rest assured, anyone without the password will not be able to access your locked apps.
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