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How to Lock Apps on Your iPhone

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Lock Apps on iPhone

Locking your apps is necessary if you have sensitive information like bank details, personal photos, etc. It provides an additional layer of security to the apps. Like Android, iPhone doesn’t have any third-party App Lock applications. If you want to protect any app on your iPhone, you can use the Screen Time feature. In addition, you can enable the Guided Access feature to lock apps on your iOS device.

How to Lock Apps on iPhone using Screen Time

(1) Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.

(2) Locate and select the option Screen Time.

Select Screen Time

(3) Tap the option Turn On Screen Time.

Turn On Screen Time to lock apps on iPhone

(4) Again, click the option Turn On Screen Time.

Tap Turn On Screen Time to lock apps on iPhone

(5) Hit the option This is My iPhone to proceed further.

Choose This is My iPhone

(6) Select the option Downtime.

Tap Downtime

(7) Tap the option Scheduled and select a duration on the From and To sections.

Enable the Scheduled option

Recommended Settings → From: 12:00 AM and To: 11:59 PM.

(8) After customizing downtime settings, navigate to the Screen Time page.

(9) Hit the option Always Allowed and select the apps you wish to enable the screen time feature.

(10) Then, go back to the Screen Time page and click Use Screen Time Passcode.

Tap on Use screen time Passcode

(11) Type a passcode for the Screen Time feature.

(12) Navigate to the Downtime page and tap the toggle button near the option Block at Downtime to enable it.

Enable the option Block at Downtime to lock apps on iPhone

(13) Now, the screen time will be applied to all the selected apps.

(14) If you wish to open the app, tap Ask For More Time and enter the screen time passcode to open it.

Tap on Ask For More Time

How to Lock Apps on iPhone

If you want to set your iPhone Face ID or passcode for the apps like Google Pay, PhonePe, etc. Refer to the steps given below.

(1) Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

(2) Locate and select the option Face ID & Passcode.

(3) Enter your passcode if necessary.

(4) Click on the option Other Apps.

(5) Select the Apps and toggle the button to turn on the app lock feature.

Select the apps

How to Lock a Specific App on iPhone [Guided Access]

If you are giving your iOS device to somebody else to use an app, there is a possibility that the other person will look into all the apps. To prevent the other user from accessing the apps, you can enable the Guided Access feature. By enabling this feature, the app screen will be locked, and the other user can only access the particular app.

(1) Launch the Settings application on your iPhone

(2) Scroll down and select the option Accessibility.

Select Accessibility to lock apps on iPhone

(3) Tap on the option Guided Access under General.

Select Guided Access

(4) Tap the toggle switch to enable Guided Access.

Enable Guided Access to lock apps on iPhone

(5) Select the option Passcode Settings and tap on Set Guided Access Passcode.

Tap Passcode Settings

(6) Enter a Passcode for Guided Access.

(7) If you need more privacy, enable the Face ID security.

Select and enable the face ID

(8) Now, open any app on your iOS device and press the side or home button three times.

(9) The Guided Access security will start working. If prompted, enter the Guided Access password.

(11) Tap the option Start to turn On the Guided Access feature.

Tap Start

(12) To exit the Guided Access mode, hit the side or home button three times and enter the passcode to end it.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does iPhone have an app Lock?

Yes. You can lock the apps on your iPhone using screen time.

2. How to disable screen time on iPhone?

Go to Settings → Click Screen Time → Tap the option Turn Off Screen Time → Enter Screen Time passcode to disable the feature.

3. Can I lock WhatsApp on my iPhone?

Yes. You can lock WhatsApp on your iPhone in the WhatsApp settings.

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