Hey Guys! Today, I’m going to be walking you guys through “How to lock applications on your Android smartphone“!
Got an annoying sibling who just can’t respect your privacy and wants to go through your WhatsApp chats? Or, you’ve got a thing for strangers going through apps on your Android smartphone? Unlike having to collect your phone rudely from whoever wants to snoop, you can simply lock some applications on your smartphone that you wish to keep private and control how much people can see when they browse through your phone.
What is “App Lock”?
It’s just like the name suggests, “App Lock” is a very lightweight application that’s featured on every Android device that allows you to apply a password using your fingerprint or a passcode to virtually any application or folder available on your Android device, preventing access to them.
The App lock feature’s most simple function is to lock your Android applications so that no one can access or delete them, but aside from that, the app lock can also hide photographs and videos, as well as your contacts and personal messages.
Now, let’s check out some features of the typical app lock found on Android devices. Some of them are:
- Lock any application using a Fingerprint, pattern lock or passcode
- Access to a private vault where media can be hidden from public media files
- Prevents unauthorized uninstallation of locked apps
- Locks incoming and outgoing calls
- Some devices allow a Multi-lock feature where you can lock different Android applications with different passcodes.
Enabling the app lock feature on Android devices almost has identical steps with just a few devices like Samsung having completely different steps to activate their lock features.
How to lock applications on your Android smartphone
- Open the “Settings” application using the app drawer or by sliding down on the top of your screen and revealing the widget drawer. You should see the settings icon at the top-right corner of the drawer.
- Scroll downwards until you get to “Apps”
- Click on “App lock”
- Enable “App lock” on any application using the toggle bar in front of the application name
- Now, add a suitable password or pattern lock that you would like to use whenever you want to unlock the applications you have just locked.
Note: The password or pattern lock used to lock your apps doesn’t have to be the same one you use as your Smartphone’s password or pattern lock.
How to lock applications on your Android smartphone (Samsung)
- Select “Settings” on your Samsung device from the app drawer
- Tap on “Biometrics and Security”
- Select the “Secure Folder” option
- Log into your Samsung account if you’re asked to.
- Click on “Agree”
- Select the type of lock you would like to use. You can use a fingerprint, pattern, password or pin.
- Click on “Secure Folder”
- Tap on “Add Apps”
- Select any applications you would like to add to your secure folder and tap on “Add”
- Click on “Lock and Exit”. It’ll be located in the upper-right corner of your screen.
And that’s all! You can now selectively choose to lock any applications on your Android device that you wish to keep away from prying eyes.
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