How to lock (and prevent access to) individual apps on Android

How to lock (and prevent access to) individual apps on Android
If you have an Android phone or tablet, and don't use a screen lock (or you're using a swipe one, which anyone can disable), you can still protect a lot of what's inside your device. More exactly, you can lock individual apps (and prevent unauthorized access to them) by using third-party applications that are made with this in mind.

The most popular and easy to use app that lets you lock individual apps is simply called AppLock, and can be downloaded for free from Google Play (see the source link at the end of this article).

Once you download, install, and open App Lock, you'll be prompted to create a password. This is used whenever you re-open AppLock, as well as when you want to access any of the apps that you'll be locking (unless you specifically change it), so make sure it's a password you can easily remember. A security e-mail also needs to be provided. After that, you're all set to start locking individual apps - including Phone, Messenger, Facebook, and so on.

AppLock's interface is simple and easy to use. You're presented with a list of all the apps installed on your device, and you can individually lock them by simply tapping on the lock button seen on their right. AppLock also lets you prevent access to photos and videos (by placing them in a Photo Vault, or a Video Vault).

After you lock a specific app, this will open only if you type in the password you've set up in AppLock. Of course, you can (at any time) unlock any app that you've previously locked.

You don't necessarily need to use AppLock for all this. There are other similar applications available to download, and you can find them by simply searching for "app lock" in Google Play.


source: Google Play

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18 Comments

1. stealthlee4

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

or Smart AppLock. sometimes applock did not respond after reboot

8. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Applock is missed up in Lollipop. It was so buggy that I had to uninstall it Smart Applock works better. Not perfect, but workable.

12. Aliciajessie

Posts: 8; Member since: May 17, 2016

Hi there, IObit is developing a new app, which called IObit Applock, and it is an Android privacy protector (supports Android 4.0+) It is designed to lock Contacts, SMS, Gallery, Notification, Settings or any apps by password or pattern lock. The feature of Dynamic Password will protect your important apps with 2-level passwords. Notification Lock will hide your chatting messages from notification so that no one can view your chat logs. Except that, it also protects your privacy with features like Intruder Selfie, Hide Icon and Fake Cover. You can be a beta tester of IObit Applock in Google+. Please join IObit Applock community in G+ at first, then, you will get the Beta Version for test once it is ready! Since you are our selected testers, all your feedback will be valued and we will improve IObit Applock based on your feedbacks and opinions and we will make IObit Applock to what you want it to be. If you accept our invitation and want to be part of IObit Applock project, please join IObit Applock community in G+. If you really want to be a tester but do not join the G+ community, please also send us your confirmation so that we will keep contact with you via email. Thank you very much for your great support.

13. Aliciajessie

Posts: 8; Member since: May 17, 2016

Hi there, IObit is developing a new app, which called IObit Applock, and it is an Android privacy protector (supports Android 4.0+) It is designed to lock Contacts, SMS, Gallery, Notification, Settings or any apps by password or pattern lock. The feature of Dynamic Password will protect your important apps with 2-level passwords. Notification Lock will hide your chatting messages from notification so that no one can view your chat logs. Except that, it also protects your privacy with features like Intruder Selfie, Hide Icon and Fake Cover. You can be a beta tester of IObit Applock in Google+. Please join IObit Applock community in G+ at first, then, you will get the Beta Version for test once it is ready! Since you are our selected testers, all your feedback will be valued and we will improve IObit Applock based on your feedbacks and opinions and we will make IObit Applock to what you want it to be. If you accept our invitation and want to be part of IObit Applock project, please join IObit Applock community in G+. If you really want to be a tester but do not join the G+ community, please also send us your confirmation so that we will keep contact with you via email. Thank you very much for your great support.

2. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I prefer fingersecurity app for the Note 4.

14. Aliciajessie

Posts: 8; Member since: May 17, 2016

Hi there, IObit is developing a new app, which called IObit Applock, and it is an Android privacy protector (supports Android 4.0+) It is designed to lock Contacts, SMS, Gallery, Notification, Settings or any apps by password or pattern lock. The feature of Dynamic Password will protect your important apps with 2-level passwords. Notification Lock will hide your chatting messages from notification so that no one can view your chat logs. Except that, it also protects your privacy with features like Intruder Selfie, Hide Icon and Fake Cover. You can be a beta tester of IObit Applock in Google+. Please join IObit Applock community in G+ at first, then, you will get the Beta Version for test once it is ready! Since you are our selected testers, all your feedback will be valued and we will improve IObit Applock based on your feedbacks and opinions and we will make IObit Applock to what you want it to be. If you accept our invitation and want to be part of IObit Applock project, please join IObit Applock community in G+. If you really want to be a tester but do not join the G+ community, please also send us your confirmation so that we will keep contact with you via email. Thank you very much for your great support.

3. waddup121 unregistered

Sweet!

15. Aliciajessie

Posts: 8; Member since: May 17, 2016

Hi there, IObit is developing a new app, which called IObit Applock, and it is an Android privacy protector (supports Android 4.0+) It is designed to lock Contacts, SMS, Gallery, Notification, Settings or any apps by password or pattern lock. The feature of Dynamic Password will protect your important apps with 2-level passwords. Notification Lock will hide your chatting messages from notification so that no one can view your chat logs. Except that, it also protects your privacy with features like Intruder Selfie, Hide Icon and Fake Cover. You can be a beta tester of IObit Applock in Google+. Please join IObit Applock community in G+ at first, then, you will get the Beta Version for test once it is ready! Since you are our selected testers, all your feedback will be valued and we will improve IObit Applock based on your feedbacks and opinions and we will make IObit Applock to what you want it to be. If you accept our invitation and want to be part of IObit Applock project, please join IObit Applock community in G+. If you really want to be a tester but do not join the G+ community, please also send us your confirmation so that we will keep contact with you via email. Thank you very much for your great support.

4. Tizo101

Posts: 539; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

I think most phones come with this feature pre-installed now, I don't have to download anything and it works much better because it's baked in to the system.

16. Aliciajessie

Posts: 8; Member since: May 17, 2016

Hi there IObit is developing a new app, which called IObit Applock, and it is an Android privacy protector (supports Android 4.0+) It is designed to lock Contacts, SMS, Gallery, Notification, Settings or any apps by password or pattern lock. The feature of Dynamic Password will protect your important apps with 2-level passwords. Notification Lock will hide your chatting messages from notification so that no one can view your chat logs. Except that, it also protects your privacy with features like Intruder Selfie, Hide Icon and Fake Cover. You can be a beta tester of IObit Applock in Google+. Please join IObit Applock community in G+ at first, then, you will get the Beta Version for test once it is ready! Since you are our selected testers, all your feedback will be valued and we will improve IObit Applock based on your feedbacks and opinions and we will make IObit Applock to what you want it to be. If you accept our invitation and want to be part of IObit Applock project, please join IObit Applock community in G+. If you really want to be a tester but do not join the G+ community, please also send us your confirmation so that we will keep contact with you via email. Thank you very much for your great support.

5. T-rex unregistered

How is this "How to lock (and prevent access to) individual apps on Android". This is just a promotion for yet another app. and why do you need to write a whole article on it. if i needed an app locker i would just go to play store and search for it, and i would find 10s of app lockers

6. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

PA Audience are mixed people. This one is not for you.... Nonetheless it is supposed to be a promotion article, else the title would have been "top 5 android app lockers"

7. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

I'm not saying it's useless, but why do you need it when you can set the passcode on your smartphones?

9. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

My little sister uses my phone to play games and I use Applock to keep her out of my Facebook and messaging apps.

17. Aliciajessie

Posts: 8; Member since: May 17, 2016

Hi there, IObit is developing a new app, which called IObit Applock, and it is an Android privacy protector (supports Android 4.0+) It is designed to lock Contacts, SMS, Gallery, Notification, Settings or any apps by password or pattern lock. The feature of Dynamic Password will protect your important apps with 2-level passwords. Notification Lock will hide your chatting messages from notification so that no one can view your chat logs. Except that, it also protects your privacy with features like Intruder Selfie, Hide Icon and Fake Cover. You can be a beta tester of IObit Applock in Google+. Please join IObit Applock community in G+ at first, then, you will get the Beta Version for test once it is ready! Since you are our selected testers, all your feedback will be valued and we will improve IObit Applock based on your feedbacks and opinions and we will make IObit Applock to what you want it to be. If you accept our invitation and want to be part of IObit Applock project, please join IObit Applock community in G+. If you really want to be a tester but do not join the G+ community, please also send us your confirmation so that we will keep contact with you via email. Thank you very much for your great support.

10. aymnga

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 19, 2012

my Huawei mate 7 allow me to lock apps with fingerprint scanner....

18. Aliciajessie

Posts: 8; Member since: May 17, 2016

Hi there, IObit is developing a new app, which called IObit Applock, and it is an Android privacy protector (supports Android 4.0+) It is designed to lock Contacts, SMS, Gallery, Notification, Settings or any apps by password or pattern lock. The feature of Dynamic Password will protect your important apps with 2-level passwords. Notification Lock will hide your chatting messages from notification so that no one can view your chat logs. Except that, it also protects your privacy with features like Intruder Selfie, Hide Icon and Fake Cover. You can be a beta tester of IObit Applock in Google+. Please join IObit Applock community in G+ at first, then, you will get the Beta Version for test once it is ready! Since you are our selected testers, all your feedback will be valued and we will improve IObit Applock based on your feedbacks and opinions and we will make IObit Applock to what you want it to be. If you accept our invitation and want to be part of IObit Applock project, please join IObit Applock community in G+. If you really want to be a tester but do not join the G+ community, please also send us your confirmation so that we will keep contact with you via email. Thank you very much for your great support.

11. Aliciajessie

Posts: 8; Member since: May 17, 2016

Hi guys, IObit is developing a new app, which called IObit Applock, and it is an Android privacy protector (supports Android 4.0+) It is designed to lock Contacts, SMS, Gallery, Notification, Settings or any apps by password or pattern lock. The feature of Dynamic Password will protect your important apps with 2-level passwords. Notification Lock will hide your chatting messages from notification so that no one can view your chat logs. Except that, it also protects your privacy with features like Intruder Selfie, Hide Icon and Fake Cover. You can be a beta tester of IObit Applock in Google+. Please join IObit Applock community in G+ at first, then, you will get the Beta Version for test once it is ready! Since you are our selected testers, all your feedback will be valued and we will improve IObit Applock based on your feedbacks and opinions and we will make IObit Applock to what you want it to be. If you accept our invitation and want to be part of IObit Applock project, please join IObit Applock community in G+. If you really want to be a tester but do not join the G+ community, please also send us your confirmation so that we will keep contact with you via email. Thank you very much for your great support.

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