How to lock apps in IPhone with Touch-ID

Technology became inevitable for all of us in all forms and concern for privacy is becoming a biggest question day by day. Technology and mobile are so much developed which tries to keep us secured in all possible ways. The touch-id is one of such secure feature which become so famous in mobile phones nowadays. Here well see how to lock apps with your touch id without usong third party app locks.

We all have friends who borrow our phones and many have the annoying character of sneaking into your private photos, dating sites or financial or work-sensitive data generally into things which we think others to look into.

But this can be avoided as lot of phones and Apple now offer to lock the individual apps with touch id/ passcodes as per our need. Other Apps let you to lock the individual files and folders.

Let’s look at app lock options in IPhone?

Apple opened the touch-id to third party apps in general. But not many apps have made use of this feature. From what we have checked we see only most of the banking apps have taken the advantage of the app lock through Touch-ID. Few shopping apps and payments app like Paytm/ paypal ans password managers like 1Password made use of it.

How to set up lock in IPhone app:

There is no general setting to make all the  apps lock at one like what Xiaomi is offering . But it purely based on the app developer to see they have used the feature built-in or not. To check whether the App supports the feature or not you have to open the apps settings and search for terms like privacy, passwords anything.

Below are few apps which actually supports touch id as app lock:

PAYTM:

      Paytm have enables the touch-id for the purpose of transactions. To enable the feature

  • Open the app,
  • Click on the small three lines at top left corner, click on it to open the profile,
  • Scroll down where you can find
  • Security settings –> Manage App lock –>Toggle App lock

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MINT:

      The personal finance app can be locked too.

  • Open the app -> Head to settings, tap password and Touch ID.
  • Select and tap use passcode, so the toggle becomes green, and enter password when directed.

This allows you to enable Touch id. You can go back and tap use Touch ID to turn that on.

JAILBROKEN IPHONES:

The above process is limited to apps that have enabled the feature by developer. But if you havea jailbroken IPhone you can make any app password protected.

Open Cydia, then search for and install the app lockdown. When it’s ready, open lock down enter password and confirm. Now you just need to select the app you wish to lock then tap lock.

APPLE’s OWN APP:

We can do quite lot of basic things with a  locked IPhone:

You can access siri, check notifications and control centres. You can also able to reply to messages.

If like to lock down these functions,

Go to Settings ->Touch ID& Passcode(it will ask your passwords) , Scroll down to the section “Allow access when locked” and de-select green options to turn white.

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PASSWORD PROTECT NOTES:

               The notes app in apple can’t be completely locked but individual notes can be locked which we think sensitive.

To lock the individual notes,

  • Open new notes –> add the content
  • Click on Sharing option at top right and from the options you can select lock note.

Once done in your note you can see a lock symbol at the top you can toggle to lock and Unlock.

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How to Password protect files and folders:

If you just want to lock certain photos, rather than the entire app those photos, you have got other options.

Apple doesn’t allow this feature natively, but we can download a dedicated lockable app for this purpose. You can try Folder lock, which is free (paid with extra features also available). You can save the files to this app which you want to keep it secured, remember to delete the on-device originals in the other app.

If you saving an image load the image to folder lock and remember to delete the app from Photos, because folder lock doesn’t have permission to delete on its own. Its better to keep a copy of important files as backup.