How to Use Touch ID to Lock Compatible Apps on iPhone 5S to iPhone 8
With Touch ID, you can use the fingerprint-based security feature to lock a limited number of compatible apps (available on the iPhone 5S through the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus).
This article assumes you unlock your iPhone with a passcode. Here’s how to enable Passcode if you don’t already have it.
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- Open Settings and go to Touch ID & Passcode to enter your passcode to lock Apple Pay, iTunes, and the App Store. Then, for each app, you want to lock with Touch ID, turn on the toggle switches (to the green/on position).
- When you turn on any available option, you’ll be prompted to set up Touch ID if you haven’t already.
- However, the above only applies to Apple Pay, iTunes, and the App Store. Using Touch ID to lock apps downloaded from the App Store involves a different procedure, and many common apps (such as Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat) do not support this procedure, so you won’t be able to lock them individually.
- An increasing number of apps provide the option to lock apps with Touch ID, while a smaller number provides the option to lock apps with a passcode.
This usually necessitates the following:
- Open the app that supports Touch ID.
- Investigate the options.
- Locate the option that allows you to lock the app with a password or your fingerprint. It could be named Password, Passcode, Touch ID Lock, Lock, Screen Lock, or something similar, and it could be found in the Privacy or Preferences section.
- Follow any on-screen instructions to finish the app lock procedure if necessary.
How to Limit the Use of Apps for a Certain Amount of Time
You can also give apps time limits, which are close to locking them away from your own use.
- Select Settings > Screen Time > App Limits > Add Limit from the drop-down menu.
- Choose which applications you want to limit access to from the list. To limit an app category, tap the check box button to the left of the category you want to restrict, such as Social Networking. By tapping through to the category, you can limit those apps inside Social Networking (for example).
- Set a time limit on how long you can use the app category (such as 1 hour). You can also choose which days you want the restriction to be in effect. To save the changes, press the Add button.
How to Allow App Locking on iPhone Making Use of a Third-Party App
If you want to lock apps directly, you have one last option: you can use a third-party app.
In some ways, this is the best choice for locking apps since there is a range of apps that, in one way or another, use a passcode to lock down any app on your iPhone (or biometric ID). It is, however, the worst app lock choice for the iPhone. To use these applications, you’ll need to jailbreak your iPhone (which can lead to security and performance issues; it’s not recommended).
BioProtect, Locktopus, and AppLocker are some common examples of third-party apps that lock other apps. This can be downloaded and activated using the Cydia app store, which contains software designed especially for jailbroken iPhones.
After you’ve downloaded BioProtect, you can block specific apps by going to Settings > Applications under the Protected Items section, and then toggling the apps you want to lock into the green/on spot. Another choice for your app locking needs is to totally disregard the concept. A third-party vault-app could be all you need to cover items like photos and notes, making them available only after the correct password is entered, depending on your needs.
If you don’t need to lock the whole app (like Photos), but only specific items like private pictures, documents, or videos, one of those applications may be a good fit.
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