How to Lock Any iPhone App So Nobody Else Can Access It

With all the private and sensitive information we store on our phones, having someone snoop around your device can be a nerve-wracking experience. For example, if you give your phone to a colleague to show them a video, the last thing you want is for them to get nosy and launch your banking or Tinder app. If it’s an iPhone security issue you’re concerned about, there’s actually a way to lock any iPhone app so that no one else can access it.

We should note that the solution below is kind of a workaround. Either way, it’s worth being aware of if you’re extremely concerned about prying eyes accessing sensitive information on your iPhone.

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iPhone Security Using the Screen Time Feature

This iPhone security tip is a bit more involved than most, but it works nonetheless. The foundation of this particular trick is Screen Time. Apple introduced Screen Time with iOS 12. The feature not only provides users with information on how they spend time on their iPhone, but also provides users with tools to help limit their screen time on specific apps. if you wish it.

To get started, first go to Settings > Screen Time and make sure the feature is turned on.

Next, navigate to the main Screen Time settings pane and select Use Screen Time Passcode.

Once you’ve done that, you can set a new password specifically for Screen Time Limits. After that, go back to the main settings pane (as shown above) and select the App limits option. By the way, it’s a general rule of iPhone security that any password you choose should be hard for others to guess but easy for you to remember.

Once there, you can choose which apps you want to restrict. When choosing an app, you can now add a time limit for that app. And since you’re trying to keep prying eyes away, be sure to limit the time to something short, like a minute. Remember that you can bypass the restriction with the password.

There you have it, another iPhone security tip in the bag.

Other Ways to Protect Private Information

iOS 14.5 tracking settings
Ask the app not to track setting may be disabled by default or grayed out. Image source: 9to5Mac

While we are talking about iPhone security, it is worth mentioning other ways to secure your iPhone. We’ve covered the topic in depth here, but two useful tips are worth briefly re-emphasizing.

If someone is on your iPhone and a sensitive or private notification comes in, it can be embarrassing. If you’re concerned, you can turn off notification previews by going to Settings > Notifications > Show previews.

Second, we have find my iphone, a feature that has saved me many times. This feature lets you sign in to your Apple ID from a secondary device and see your iPhone’s geolocation. It’s a lifesaver in cases where your iPhone has been lost or stolen.

To make sure the feature is turned on, go to Settings, then tap your Apple ID name at the top of the screen. From there, select find my and activate the function.

How to Lock Apps in iOS 11 and Earlier

An easy way to lock additional apps, mostly Apple apps, is to go to settings and enable restrictions. This is achieved by visiting Settings > General, tapping Restrictions > Enable Restrictions. You should then be prompted for a password.

Once you have enabled the restriction feature, you can choose in the section Allow proprietary apps (Apple) to be restricted or not. These can include FaceTime, Mail, Safari, Siri, for example. Slide the green toggle to toggle this option on and off and you’re set.

More iPhone coverage: For more iPhone news, visit our iPhone 14 guide.

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