How to lock apps with password in Android

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We may, on occasion you’ve been forced to offer your mobile to a person, for very different reasons. If you did think that, during the time that those who have ordered have had it in the hand, has been able to attempt to enter places that should be taboo: gallery of photos, social networks, etc. After all, in our smartphones we store a lot of personal information. If you have not done so already, perhaps it would be convenient that you planteases protect your apps with a passwordso no one who does not is you can access them. In this article we are going to give you everything you need to know how to do it.

Applications to prevent access to your apps

There are two ways of doing this utilizandoa pps specialized in this task.

Norton App Lock, your first option is to block applications

Once you download, install, open it and grant the necessary permissions, this will be the first thing you see:

Allocation pattern in Norton App LockAllocation pattern in Norton App Lock

The first thing you will be asked for the app is that to enter an unlock pattern, although as you can see you can change to a PIN code if you prefer (in this case study we have configured it with a PIN):

Settings PIN code in Norton App LockSettings PIN code in Norton App Lock

In addition, you can also add your fingerprint to unlock it all. After, you’ll have to choose your user account to start using it:

Sign in to your Norton App LockSign in to your Norton App Lock

When you do, you will come to the lock screen apps. By default you have blocked the own Norton App Lock and the settings of the phone, although you can block any application from the list. Tap the one you want and see how the padlock icon that accompanies the name of each one is closed and turns green:

List of apps to block on Norton App LockList of apps to block on Norton App Lock

And with this I would be. Now try open one of the applications protected. If all has gone well, you should see something like this:

Blocked application with Norton App LockBlocked application with Norton App Lock

If you enter the code or pattern you’ve chosen, you’ll be able to enter in the app with total normality.

AppLock, the alternative to limit the access to your apps

In addition to Norton App Lock, you can use another very popular option, AppLock.

Nothing more to install it and open it, you will be prompted to create an unlock pattern:

Creating an unlock pattern in AppLockCreating an unlock pattern in AppLock

In terms of what you’ve created llagarás to the main screen:

Main view of AppLockMain view of AppLock

Here we find ourselves with several interesting options:

  • Vaultit is a space safe to store those photos and those videos that you don’t want to see anyone.
  • Browser: this is a web browser with features aimed at the privacy.
  • Battery: it is a battery optimizer with which the app will try to extend the autonomy of your terminal.
  • Shop: it is a store of their own applications, possibly sponsored.

Just below we have the list of applications. If you look closely you will see that each one of them has a open padlock on one side. It is enough to click on them so that the lock is closed:

If now sales of AppLock and try to enter in any of the applications that you’ve blocked, you’ll have to enter the unlock pattern that you set up when you open it for the first time.

Manufacturers that include this option

Whenever we talk of doing something with Android say that there are two possible ways of attacking a problem: resolving with the native tools of the operating system, or through a third-party application. Well, Android does not have a native form of block applicationsalthough it is necessary to qualify this statement.

It is true that the system operatrivo in se and per se does not have this function, but there are three manufacturers that come with it in one way or another. The first case is that of Samsung, which allows you to create a secure folder known as Secure Folder. This folder is protected by password and even will not be visible if you access the internal storage of the phone via a PC. Here we can include any application, choose the method to unlock and choose from many more security options.

In the case of Huawei (also applicable to Honor), we speak of a function known as PrivateSpace, which is built-in EMUI and works in a similar way to the case of Samsung. In this case it is not a private folder, but that is created as a kind of “separate account” of the main, where we can place images, applications, and everything that we want to keep away from prying eyes.

Lock native of XiaomiLock native of Xiaomi

Lastly, Xiaomi has a function call Block apps in the section Security of the phone. Here you’ll be able to include the apps you want to keep only for you and you will be able to unblock them using a PIN code. It also has a private space very similar to the Huawei.