Say Goodbye to Unwanted Access: How to Lock Your iPhone Apps with Face ID or Passcode

How to Lock Your iPhone Apps with Face ID or Passcode
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Do you want to keep your private apps on your iPhone secure? You can use Apple’s Face ID or Passcode feature to lock individual apps. In this blog post, we will guide you on how to enable app lock using these features.

Why Locking Apps Is Important

It’s become increasingly necessary to lock specific apps because of the volume and sensitivity of information stored in our devices. It is essential to protect any sensitive data from unauthorized access by anyone who picks up our iPhones.

Locking with a passcode or biometric identification such as Touch ID or Face ID adds an extra layer of security for your personal information. Here’s how it works:

  • When you open a locked app, it will ask for authentication.
  • If someone tries to unlock a locked app without valid credentials, they’ll be denied access.

How to Lock iPhone Apps Using Face ID

Face ID is one of the most popular authentication methods amongst Apple users, and it is the easiest way to lock your apps. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings and scroll down until you see “Face ID & Passcode.”
  2. Tap on “Face ID & Passcode,” and enter your passcode.
  3. Scroll down, and you’ll see an option labeled “Other Apps.”
  4. Now toggle the switch next to each app that requires added protection.

That’s it! You’ve now secured those applications with Face ID.

How to Lock iPhone Apps Using a Passcode

If your device doesn’t have Face ID capability (such as older iPhones), not all hope is lost – there’s still a way to lock your apps securely using a passcode.

Follow these steps:

  1. Go into Settings > Screen Time > Turn On Screen Time.
  2. Tap on “Use Screen Time Passcode” and set up a new password for Screen Time.
  3. Go back to the main Screen Time screen and tap on App Limits.
  4. Tap on “Add Limit” and then select the apps you want to lock.
  5. Finally, set a time limit (which will act as your app lock) and confirm.

Now every time you try to open any selected app, it will ask for your Screen Time Passcode.

Customizing Your App Lock Settings

You can customize your app lock settings even further by setting limits on how much time you spend in each of your locked apps. You can do this by setting daily or weekly usage limits on specific applications.

To set limits:

  1. Open Settings > Screen Time > App Limits.
  2. Tap on the “Add Limit” button, then select the application you want to limit.
  3. Set a daily or weekly time limit for the application, then tap “Done.”

Tips for Setting Up App Locking

When setting up app locking, there are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure maximum security and convenience.

Firstly, choose the right apps to lock. Focus on apps that contain sensitive information or personal data, such as banking apps, social media accounts, and messaging apps.

Secondly, create a strong passcode. Avoid using common passcodes such as “1234” or “0000.” Instead, use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols that are difficult to guess.

Lastly, customize app locking settings to suit your needs. For example, you can set time limits for each app or choose to lock an app permanently.

Troubleshooting App Locking Issues

If you experience issues with app locking, there are a few troubleshooting tips you can try.

For Face ID app locking, ensure that your face is properly registered in the Face ID settings. You can also try resetting Face ID by going to “Settings” > “Face ID & Passcode” > “Reset Face ID.”

For passcode app locking, ensure that you have entered the correct passcode. You can also try resetting your Screen Time passcode by going to “Settings” > “Screen Time” > “Change Screen Time Passcode.”

If you continue to experience issues with app locking, contact Apple support for further assistance.


In conclusion, securing private information is vital these days, and with our iPhones containing so much sensitive data, it’s necessary to take extra precautions – including locking individual apps with Face ID or a passcode.

It’s easy to enable these features on your iPhone by following these simple steps. Once done correctly, your private apps won’t be accessible without valid credentials – giving you peace of mind that all of your personal information remains secure.

Remember: while locking apps provides an added layer of security, it isn’t foolproof. So always be mindful of who has access to your device, and never share passwords or other sensitive information with anyone you don’t trust completely!