Don’t Let Anyone Access Your Apps – Password Protect Any Apps on iOS 12

Smartphone is meant to be personal device where you store and leave trace most of your day to day activities on the device, from chats, photos, social media activities, browsing activities, gaming activities and so much more, especially these days where smartphone are getting smarter and smarter.

The issue come when someone is borrowing your smartphone with/without your permission/consent. You could have flirty text messages with your friends that you don’t want other people to see, you could probably have some naughty photos of yourself that you don’t want other people to see, you probably browse some restricted websites or contents that you don’t want other people to know, or simply you play some games that you don’t want other people to disturb the progress or even play it for you – those kind of events happened to you all the times, am I right?

That’s why, password-protected app is needed so in case someone is using your iPhone with/without your permission and consent, you won’t be worry that your personal activities – or should I say: secrets, leaked to other people.

Password Protect Any Apps on iOS 12

Luckily, Apple has built such functionality on iOS 12 – although I should say it’s not a straight-forward feature, but you could make use of this feature to password-protect any of your apps. And that’s include Photos, Camera, Notes, Facebook, SnapChat, anything.

Using Screen Time –  a new iOS 12 feature that Apple introduced as a way for you to have balance in your life between the real life and digital life where it will restrict you and tell you to stop using your iPhone after the set time – you could set restriction passcode so that any of the apps are locked with the restriction passcode.

 


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Here’s how to Password Protect Apps on iOS 12

This feature only available on iOS 12 onwards. To use this feature, does not require you to jailbreak your device.

1) Go to Settings then find Screen Time and tap on it

2) Tap on Turn On Screen Time

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Screen Time – Balance Your Digital Life with your Real Life

3) It will pop you up with the Screen Time feature, press Continue

4) Try the following.

If time is now between 10pm till 7pm

Now without changing anything, default Screen Time Downtime is from 10pm till 7pm, if you are within the time range, go and see your iPhone main menu, you will see all of your apps – except a few – are having their icons darkened. Try to tap on any apps with darkened icon, it will prompt you the Restriction Passcode/Screen Time passcode.

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Password Protect Any Apps on iOS 12 – so nobody except you can access your apps

If time now is NOT in between 10pm till 7pm

If you are not within the time range, to try the feature, change the Downtime.

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Screen Time Features: Downtime, App Limits, Always Allowed, Contents and Privacy Restrictions

Set Start time as 10pm, and set End time as 9.59pm – which basically the whole day. Once done, go and see your iPhone main menu, you will see all of your apps – except a few – are having their icons darkened. Try to tap on any apps with darkened icon, it will prompt you the Restriction Passcode/Screen Time passcode.

Bring It All Together

While Screen Time is not intended to be used that way, but if you care about your privacy, then you can make use of Screen Time feature to password-protect, or should I say passcode-protect your apps from other people’s hands.

What do you think, will you make use of Screen Time to password-protect your important apps? Do give your comments down below on comment section.

Not on iOS 12 yet?

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Get yourself ready to install iOS 12 – Image courtesy of Apple.com

At the time this article is written, iOS 12 has just reached Public Beta 1 status. If you want to be the early adopter, you can follow the steps mentioned here to install iOS 12 early on your iOS devices.

 


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