iPhone is known for its privacy and security features. Along the same lines, did you know besides having third-party apps, there are ways in which you can lock/restrict access to certain apps using a passcode?
Wondering how? While Apple’s Screen Time is a widely accepted way to protect individual iPhone apps like Photos and Mail with a password, there are others on the list. Let’s get into the detailed guide to know how to lock apps on iPhone and iPad.
Before moving forward, make sure you’ve disallowed all apps:
- Go to Settings → Screen Time → Always Allowed. The allowed apps section has four applications by default. These are Phone, Messages, FaceTime, and Maps.
- Tap on the red (–) icon towards the left of the apps, followed by Remove that slides through the right.
Note: Ensure that you’ve enabled Screen Time, and a Screen Time passcode is set. You can’t remove the Phone app from this section.
- Tap on <back at the top left to go back and tap Downtime. Turn the toggle on.
- Choose your preferred days and time for the downtime of apps.
- How to lock certain apps on iPhone or iPad with a passcode
- How to lock all apps on iPhone or iPad with a passcode
- Unlock apps on iPhone or iPad
- How to lock apps on iPhone using guided access
How to lock certain apps on iPhone or iPad with a passcode
- In the Screen Time window, tap See All Activity located right beneath the usage graph.
- At the top of the page, you’ll notice the option to view app-wise daily and weekly usage. A weekly view is suggested for better understanding.
- Scrolling down, you’ll find the MOST USED section. Choose the app you wish to lock based on its usage.
- Tap on the app you want to lock, and tap Add Limit.
- Set the time duration and tap Add located at the top right corner of the screen. Make sure to enable the toggle for Block at End of Limit.
- Continue the same process for other apps you wish to lock.
That’s all you have to do to lock certain apps on your iPhone.
How to lock all apps on iPhone or iPad with a passcode
- Launch Settings from your iPhone’s Home Screen and tap Screen Time.
- Tap App Limits followed by Add Limit.
- Enter your screen time passcode, if asked.
- Now, select All Apps & Categories. Then tap on Next from the top right corner.
- Choose the desired time limit. Next, turn on the option for Block at End of Limit. Finally, tap Add.
Unlock apps on iPhone or iPad
To unlock an app, launch it from the Home Screen and then tap Ask For More Time.
Tap One more minute or Enter Screen Time Passcode. The former will let you use the app for a minute more. The latter will prompt you to enter the passcode, followed by the duration for which you want to unlock the app.
How to lock apps on iPhone using guided access
- Open Settings → Tap Accessibility. Scroll through and open Guided Access.
- Toggle it on and tap Passcode Settings.
- Tap Set Guided Access Passcode and enter the desired 4-digit passcode to enable it. Here, optionally, you can also choose to enable Touch ID/Face ID as a way to end guided access.
How to start a guided access session
- Open the app. Next, ask Siri ‘turn on Guided Access.’ Or, press the Home button/Side button three times. Tap Guided Access if you see a slide-up menu.
- Optional: To restrict parts of your screen from working, use your finger to make a circle or any closed shape. Use the dots on the gray selected portion to achieve the desired result. Tap the cross (x) button if you want to remove it. When Guided Access is in action, this selected area will not register any touch and will stay grayed out.
- Optional: Tap Options at the bottom left corner. This will allow you to choose the features you want to make available. (Motion, Keyboards, and Touch are enabled by default. But you can disable them.) Similarly, if you enable Side Button, it’ll allow you to lock the device during Guided Access. If you turn on the toggle for Volume Buttons, it’ll let you change the volume from the Guided Access screen. You get the idea. Right!
- Finally, tap Start located at the top right corner to begin Guided Access.
How to end Guided Access?
There are two ways to do this.
- Press the Home button/Side button three times. Next, enter your Guided Access passcode. Finally, tap End located at the top left corner of your screen.
- Did you enable the Touch ID/Face ID option during the initial steps? If so, another way to end Guided Access is by using these. On iPhones with Touch ID, press it twice and confirm with your fingerprint. On iPhones with Face ID, hold the device in front of your face and press the Side button twice.
Note: If you ever get stuck in Guided Access mode, force restart your iPhone to come out of this.
These were the most commonly used ways to lock your apps on your iPhone. Besides these, you can also use Touch ID or Face ID to Lock compatible apps like WhatsApp, Notability, etc.
If you have any questions or would like to have answers to any other concerns related to any of your Apple devices, please feel free to share them with us in the comment section. We’d be delighted to answer it!
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