How to add a Passcode-lock to any app on your Android/iOS Smartphone?

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Here is how you can add a Passcode-lock to any app on your Android or iOS Smartphone?

Everyone needs better privacy and security for its smartphone apps as they contain personal data. As you all know cybercriminals are all around and if we give them a single chance our data would be floating all over the internet. There are many reasons that your data can be breached and exploited. You already protect your smartphone with a screen lock but adding an extra layer of security is always better.

If you want to give your phone to someone else, it might be a good idea to prevent them from opening your apps. WhatsApp, Gmail, and the image gallery can all contain private content that you may want to keep to yourself. But fear not – you can protect sensitive information from prying eyes and still hand over your smartphone with app locks. So let’s take a look at how you can add a Passcode-lock to any app of your smartphone.

How to add a Passcode-lock to any app on your Android Smartphone?

The Play Store is packed with apps that can be used to block apps. The search term ‘app lock’ will deliver dozens of results. We chose an example that won’t require too many permissions from you. Norton App Lock is the tool we’d recommend, from a name that you can trust. (You don’t need to have signed up for any of Norton’s other products to use App Lock.) In this case, you can lock apps with either a passcode or a pattern drawn on the screen, and there’s also the option to block access to the Recent Apps screen too.

Once you have Norton App Lock installed, it couldn’t be easier to use: You just tap the apps that you want to protect with your passcode or pattern, and that’s it. There’s also the option to turn Norton App Lock in its entirety on or off as needed. If you forget your passcode or pattern, it can be recovered using the Google account that’s linked to your Android device.

How to add a Passcode-lock to any app on your iOS Smartphone?

Apple doesn’t have an official method for individually locking sensitive apps like Photos with a passcode, but luckily there’s a workaround that was introduced in iOS 12 with Screen Time. If you really want to make sure one of your apps is inaccessible, you can use Apple’s App Limits feature to do so. Here’s how:

  1. Open up the Settings app.
  2. Choose “Screen Time.”
  3. Make sure Screen Time is enabled and a Screen Time passcode is set.
  4. Tap on “Devices” in the upper left corner and select your current device. If you don’t have multiple devices, just tap on the name of your device at the top.
  5. Choose an app you want to lock and tap it. If the app you want isn’t listed, choose any app. It’s just a gateway to get to deeper settings
  6. Tap “Add Limit.”
  7. From here, tap “Edit Apps” and add all the other apps that you might want to lock. It gives you a full dropdown of all your apps.

After you’ve selected all of the apps that you want to be locked, use the timer interface at the top of the display to select a short period of time, like a minute, and then tap “Add.”

This is how you can add a passcode to your Android/iOS applications and safeguard them. For more news on tech and cybersecurity stay tuned on Android Rookies by subscribing to our newsletter from here.

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