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How to put an app password on your phone

For various reasons, sometimes we find ourselves in need of lending our smartphone to another person, which exposes our personal information such as photos or other data that we have in the applications. One of the options we have to protect our privacy is block access to applications, a relatively simple but little known task.

Next we will explain some methods for iOS and Android how to put a password to an application and thus be able to block your access for those who are using our smartphone in another activity.

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How to password-block access to applications on iPhone and iPad with iOS 12

We start with iOS, which is the simplest method but interestingly it is not designed with the purpose of blocking access to applications. Apple does not allow third-party applications to perform this function., and fortunately there is a native method of the operating system that will serve us for this purpose.

We refer to 'Use time', the function that are iOS 12 with the aim of keeping track of the time we spend looking at the iPhone and each application that we have installed. This option is the one that will help us to block applications and only access them if we have a PIN, which is not the same as that used to unlock the phone.

Complete guide to master the section 'Time of use' of iOS 12

Before we start, and if they haven't been activated yet, we need enable the code that we will use for 'Usage Time'. For this, we will go to 'Settings> Time in Use', at the bottom we will choose the option 'Use code for time of use' and we will follow the instructions to choose a four-digit PIN.

Once we have the PIN, we will have two options: block all applications or categories; or choose individual applications. Let's look at each case.

Block all apps or categories

Block All Apps Ios

  1. Settings> Time in Use
  2. Select 'App usage limits'
  3. Add limit
  4. Select apps (here we can choose all the apps or each of the available categories)
  5. We choose 1 minute> Add

With this, all applications will be blocked after one minute of use, and to be able to access them we will need to enter the PIN that we selected previously. The advantage of this method is that we don't have to choose application by application, since we can block all with one touch.

Block individual applications

Block Ios Apps

  1. Settings> Time in Use
  2. Select the name of our device (top)
  3. We deploy the applications and choose the one we want to block
  4. Add limit (at the bottom)
  5. We choose 1 minute> Add

In case the application we want to block does not appear, on the second screen we will choose the option 'Last 7 days' at the top, and in the 'Show more' apps section, so that we will be displaying all the apps in order of greatest use.

Ios Blocked Apps

Once we have blocked an app, This will appear with an hourglass next to the name and when selected, it will show us a screen that will tell us that we have reached the time limit. To unlock it, we only have to select 'Ask for more time' and enter the code we choose for 'Time of Use'.

How to password-block access to Android applications

In the case of Android, unlike iOS, we don't have a native operating system method to block applications, although there are options such as 'Fix screen' that serve to block access to any other application or area of ??the phone. That is to say, the 'Fix screen' will make us remain in the screen or app that we choose and we can only leave after entering the PIN of our smartphone.

13 essential Android tricks

Because of the above, and which is an advantage over iOS, here we can rely on third party applications They do the task of blocking our applications with passwords in an easy way. In addition, some offer other additional security options that might be interesting. Let's see some of these applications.

Norton App Lock

Norton App Lock