You may have been forced to lend your mobile to someone on occasion, for very different reasons. If you have done it, think that, during the time that the person who asked you has had it in their hand, they have been able to try to enter places that should be forbidden: photo gallery, social networks, etc. After all, we store a large amount of personal information on our smartphones. If you haven’t already done so, you might want to consider protecting your apps with a password, so that no one other than 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 to do this using specialized apps for this task.
Norton App Lock, your first option to lock applications
Once you download it, install it, open it and grant it the necessary permissions, this will be the first thing you see
- The first thing the app will ask you to do is to enter an unlock pattern, although as you can see you can change to a PIN code if you prefer (in this practical case we have configured it with a PIN)
- Additionally, you can also add your fingerprint to unlock everything. Then you will have to choose your user account to start using it
- When you do, you will reach the app lock screen. By default, you have Norton App Lock itself and the phone’s settings blocked, although you can block any application on the list. Click on the one you want and you will see how the padlock that accompanies the name of each one closes and turns green.
- And with this, it would already be. Now try to open one of the protected applications. If everything went well, you should see something like this.
- If you enter the code or pattern you have chosen, you can enter the app normally.
AppLock, the alternative to limit access to your apps
Besides Norton App Lock, you can use another very popular option, AppLock.
- As soon as you install and open it, it will ask you to create an unlock pattern.
- As soon as you have created it, you will arrive at the main screen.
Here we already find several interesting options
- Vault: it is a safe space to store those photos and those videos that you do not want anyone to see.
- Browser: This is a web browser with privacy-oriented functions.
- Battery: it is a battery optimizer with which the app will try to extend the autonomy of your terminal.
- Store: it is a store of own applications, possibly sponsored.
Just below we have the list of applications. If you look closely, you will see that each of them has an open padlock on one side. All you have to do is click on them and the lock closes:
If you now exit AppLock and try to enter any of the applications that you have blocked, you will have to enter the unlock pattern that you configured when opening it for the first time.
Manufacturers that include this option
Whenever we talk about doing something with Android we say that there are two possible ways to attack a problem: solving it with the native tools of the operating system, or through a third-party application. Well, Android does not have a native way to block applications, although this statement must be qualified.
It is true that the operating system in itself and per se does not have this function, but there are three manufacturers that have 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 password protected and will not even be visible if we access the internal storage of the mobile through a PC. Here we can include any application, choose the unlocking method and choose from many more security options.
In the case of Huawei (also applicable to Honor), we are talking about a function known as private space, which is integrated into EMUI and which works in a similar way to the case of Samsung. In this case, it is not a private folder, but rather it is created as a kind of “separate account” from the main one, where we can place images, applications and everything we want to keep away from prying eyes.
Finally, Xiaomi has a function called Application Lock within the Security section of the phone. Here you can include the apps that you want to keep just for yourself and you can unlock them using a PIN code. It also has a private space very similar to Huawei’s.