Last time when we talked about security for and on your Android based devices, I have showed you how to block Google Play / Android Market from inappropriate downloads. But, what should you do if that’s not enough, or how can you restrict access over the apps downloaded and installed on your phone / tablet? Well, if you want to set a lock code for blocking one or several apps from your Android powered gadget you should use a tool which is also available on Google Play. So, during the present tutorial I will show you how to properly use the App Lock tool.
I recommend you to read all the lines from here and not just to install the app. There are many aspects regarding to the software which you must consider in order to know how it works, which are its strengths and when it fails. Therefore, read carefully and only after that decide if or not you need this tool installed on your device. I know that having a secured smartphone is essential for you, so take a look below and see if this is what you need.
After you perform a download from Google Play it’s important to keep your app in “safe hands”. After all, your device and what it contains is representing something personal, so don’t offer your phone to everyone. Furthermore, if you have kids, or if you know that your device is being used by different persons it will be a good idea to protect your installed applications by using a password or pattern. This can be achieved easily and it will only take a couple of minutes from your time. Follow the steps from below and you will be back on track in the shortest time possible.
The App Lock tool is designed to set a lock code or pattern for one or several individual apps installed on your Android based device. But not everything is good with this software. First of all its users had claimed that the battery life gets consumed extremely fast while your handset is in sleep mode. Then, other said that after multiple wrong pattern inputs the tool fails and the access is regained. Other aspect is regarding to the fact that you must activate the app each time you power up the smartphone / tablet, the system and also the passwords being reset.
That being said you can now proceed to the next section of this step by step guide: the installation and the how to use procedure. Follow the below instructions and that should be all.
How to Set a Lock Code for Blocking Individual Apps on any Android devices
- First you must get the tool. So access Google Play and search for App Lock. Don’t worry the tool is free distributed so you don’t have to pay anything in order to have it. You can download it from here.
- Once installed, open the app.
- Once you do that, a lock code will be asked. Set it.
- Then, set the security question, which will help you in case you can’t remember the lock code.
- Select from the list the app you want to block.
- Each time you will try to access one of these tools the lock code will be required.
- Another thing you must set is the Install/Uninstall. Tap on System Lock tab and switch to on the Install/Uninstall option. In this way you can be sure that nobody instead of you is able to uninstall the App Lock tool.
- From the app settings screen you can choose to block, or not the apps from your device each time you wake your handset / tablet from idle state, run the tool every time the device boots up. The “Allow short exit” option will keep apps unlocked for a specified amount of time after they are exited, so that you don’t have to enter the PIN/pattern over and over again while switching between apps.
- That’s all; you can now exit the app menu and return to the home screen.
There you have it, the easiest and quickest way in which you can learn how to set a Lock Code for Blocking Individual Apps on any Android devices. If you have any questions related to this subject, or to another that is linked to the Android concept, feel free and share your thoughts with us(in the comments area). Remember that this tutorial is suitable for any Android smartphones so don’t hesitate to use it; stay close for further Android how to guides. Also, check our previous tutorials for learning how to change the Message Centre Number, or how to delete data by using the Factory Data Reset option.