4 Ways To Lock Apps On iPhone With A Password Or TouchID?

iPhones are considered to be one of the safest phones in terms of privacy. The majority of this can be owed to the native IOS.

However, one major disadvantage of the iPhone is that it can be a little less free than Android in terms of customisations and the number of features put on display.

One of the major examples of this is an App Lock on iPhones. If you are thinking about the method through which you can lock your apps on your iPhone then you need to read this article till the end.

Lock Apps on iPhone are pretty simple to use, but they lack certain core features in them as compared to their counterpart, the Android OS. As compared to Android, IOS has never made the app lock feature official.

However, there is nothing to worry about since there are certain alternatives you can work around in order to get the app lock feature to work on your iPhone.

You will be able to use your fingerprint in order to unlock applications by just enabling Touch ID on the respective application. There are four primary methods through which you can use the app lock feature in your iPhone. 

Method 1: App lock using iPhone first party

By default, IOS does not have the capability to lock apps individually. So currently, the ability to lock apps through the OS remains a bit hindered.

However, you can use certain workarounds and fixes to get the feature to work. Follow the steps below to activate this feature to a certain extent. 

  • Open the settings application
  • You need to go to the screen time tab and then enable it. After that, head to the content and privacy restrictions sections. 

content privacy restriction

  • Now press on the allowed applications option and then toggle and turn off all the applications that you do not want to use. 

lock apps on iphone

  • Now head back to the home screen in order to save your settings. 

If your iPhone has been running on IOS 11 or other older models then you will have to use the Restrictions feature by default. To start, you need to go to the settings and then open the general section.

Then next you need to scroll down and find the Restrictions button and then open it. You will now be required to enter a new code. Once you have enabled the restrictions with your passcode, you will be given certain options.

The only disadvantage of this is that you can only include the first-party apps from Apple under the restrictions. This is not majorly a lock option because it just prevents the application from working on the phone.

You can also use this method as a temporary app removal since the applications that have been locked by you here are not exactly accessible until you allow them from going back to the restrictions tab. 

Read: iPhone Screen Timeout: Stop iPhone Screen From Automatically Turning Off

Method 2: Use the Screen Time Limits Feature

An iPhone user can also utilize the time limits feature which has been introduced in IOS 12 to set a lock on the app. 

  • Open the Settings app and then open the screen time tab. 
  • Then you need to go to the app limits section and then press the Add limit option. 

Steps to Lock Applications on iPhone

  • The app will give you a list of apps, and then you will need to decide on the apps to which you need to restrict access. You need to tap on the checkbox button to the left of the app category that you have been wanting to restrict, such as entertainment or education. 
  • You can only restrict a certain category of apps by just tapping through the category.

how to Lock Applications on iPhone 

  • You need to choose a time limit for the use of the particular application category. You can easily set a time limit for the benefit of that application category and then customize the days that you want the restriction to be active. You can tap on the Add button to save the settings. 

Once you have set the time limit, the app will get locked and you can extend the time limit by pressing the “Ask for more time” button and then entering the passcode in order to disable the lock set by you. 

Method 3: Using Guided Access

The nuclear option to lock your apps can be by using guided access. Guided access basically prevents you from leaving the app that you have already opened.

This option can be very useful, especially when you have to hand over your phone to another person and you are concerned that they may snoop around your phone and violate your privacy. 

  • In order to enable Guided Access, you need to head over to settings and select accessibility. 
  • Now head over to Guided Access and select it. 

guided access to lock apps on iphone

  • Go to the Passcode settings and then set the Guided Access passcode, and you are good to go. 

The option to lock apps through the iPhone-guided access is good enough. It will let you lock your device in order to use a single app specifically.

If you want to enter into guided access, all you need to do is press the power button or the touch ID thrice, and irrespective of the app you are in the guided access will be enabled. This feature works by locking the device to a single application.

If you want to hand over your phone to a friend or a family you can surely enable guided access to ensure that they do not snoop around other apps and check your text messages or any other social media app.  

Method 4: Using Third-Party Apps

Officially, there are no third-party apps that allow the users to lock any sort of application on their iPhone. You can download applications like BioProtect, Locktopus and AppLocker in order to lock your apps.

However, one major downside of these apps working is that they are supported only on Jailbroken iPhones. Jailbreaking an iPhone can be quite risky, and it is recommended only for advanced users. But if you want to risk it you can try it out.   

Dhruv Thakker is an aspiring lawyer. He is a sports enthusiast and likes watching F1, Football and Reading in his free time.


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