Easy Tips for Locking Apps on Android
This post is about how to lock apps on Android. We all know that it can be a pain in the butt when we have to unlock our phone just to check one app out, and then go back and lock it again. This process often involves multiple steps, which increases the chances of us forgetting what we were doing in the first place!
In this article, I will give you 10 easy tips for locking your app so that you never have to worry about unlocking them ever again.
Some of these options are available on all Android devices, however, some may be exclusive to certain phones or tablets. Let’s get started!
Using The Built-In Function of Android
In case your smartphone is made by one of these manufacturers, you might not even need a third-party app for apps. Plus using inbuilt security features on the phone itself will be more secure than opting out with an external tool!
Using App Lock on Samsung Devices
Some lower-end/mid-range Samsung devices may come preinstalled with their own App Lock app called S Secure. It can be invoked from within the following menu:
Settings > Device Management (aka Titanium) – Smart Switch or My Accounts Menu depending on your model number
- Open Settings.
- Scroll to Advanced Features and look for an option called Lock & Mask Apps, if it is not already selected.
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- The Lock and Mask apps option should now be visible on your phone. Tap it to set up the app, or go straight to Step 3 if you want!
- Start the switch on.
- When you select a pattern, PIN, or password to unlock your phone for the first time and then again after updates that option will be replaced by Face Unlock. The process is simple: just look into this little camera on the front of your device with one eye closed (use caution), compare yourself against their database of facial models; if it recognizes an enrolled user they’ll let them in!
- You can choose the plan that suits you best and set it up.
- The first step in securing your phone is to lock apps. Once you’ve set it up, tap on “Locked Apps” for all the available options and make sure they are enabled before ending this window by tapping OK or closing out of it completely with another keystroke!
- You should see a screen with the Add option on top. Tap to add your new contact and enter their information in order for them to be able to call you!’
- Now, you’ll the list of your software installed and a check box on each app.
- Choose which app would you like to lock.
- You can now see which apps were selected as locked from the list.
- You’ll notice that a lock symbol has been added to the app you selected. This means it’s now password protected and can’t be accessed without entering in some personal information first!
Using App Lock on One Plus Devices
If you own a OnePlus smartphone, your device already comes with an app lock feature of its own. Here’s how to enable it and keep others from accessing private data on your phone or tablet!
People usually use thumbnails or passwords to protect their phones but these can be bypassed by thieves who will find ways around them anyway if they’re not careful enough when setting up security measures in advance for every application they plan to install into the gadget later down the road such as bank websites.
- Go to settings.
- Run the utilities.
- Now, choose the App Locker.
- In the next window, select the screen locker.
- You can choose how you want the lock screen notifications to display and tap Done.
- The App locker will start. Click the option in order to add an app.
- Choose the app that you wanted to lock.
- After that, you can go back to see if the app that you’ve chosen was listed.
How to Enable the App Lock on your Xiaomi or Poco Smartphone
If you have an MIUI-based device running POCOs, this is how it can be enabled.
Open settings and tap Apps from in there scroll down until finding App Lock at bottom left corner with an option of Turn On alongside preselected apps that will most likely need protection if not already locked by another means such as password or pattern unlock before proceeding further into a process where next screen displays a list for selecting which applications should get added onto their respective slots – select all desired programs
When you get to the next screen, it may ask for your account credentials. It’s not required but if want full access and privacy then enter them now so they don’t have an excuse later! Once done setting up a PIN or password just tap on Done because these are both secure enough that cybercriminals won’t be able to crack into them anytime soon even with their superpowers of hacking skills
On top here will also see all sorts of options including whether this app should remain unlocked when in use–we recommend selecting something safe like patterns/passwords which make sure no one else uses yours unless given permission beforehand. This method is most recommended because it’s not possible to get around unless someone steals your phone and knows how to break into MIUI-based phones immediately or follows a long process of turning all security settings off just in case!
Use App Lock From Play Store If You Are Using Stock Android
In case your phone runs stock Android, the best option you’re left with is to download and install a dedicated app for locking apps. One of my favorite examples came from Norton – makers of popular antivirus software! The app in question? Norton LifeLock–you can find it on Google Play Store under “Security & Privacy” sections (search ‘Norton’).
Wow, we’re impressed! If you made it this far and found the information interesting or helpful in any way please let us know by commenting below. As for app locking methods that exist outside of our expertise: say it loud – there might be another answer out there somewhere (we’ll keep looking).