Our smartphones and tablets are becoming our most personal devices yet. Long gone are the days where your PC, the personal computer, was where all of your information was stored. With the evolution of the smartphone, we can do most of our computing from a little device in our pocket, and using it is often easier and simpler than opening up a webpage on your computer. However, with the amount of apps that you use, it’s fair to say that some are far more personal and important than others. That is why today we’re going to show you how to lock individual apps behind a code or pattern on your Android device!
Keeping sensitive apps and information out of curious eyes is something that has always been a priority on Android. Historically, the solution has been to simply lock your device completely – requiring you to enter a passcode to unlock it or swipe your fingerprint to authenticate yourself. That’s all fine and dandy, but it doesn’t really work if the person already has access to an unlocked phone – for example, if you were using it and then simply left it on the table for a while before locking it first. That’s why we’re going to show you how to increase the safety level of your apps by locking them behind an additional code.
In order to do this, we’re going to use Norton’s App Lock, which you can download for free by using this link. Of course, Norton has been a giant in the space of computer and internet security for decades now, and they’ve been making moves on the mobile space as well. This app is just one of the many mobile tools that Norton offers, but it’s probably one of the most useful. Start by installing the app. Once you do, you should see this screen:
Proceed as you’d like, and then the app will ask you to enable a few settings:
Simply tap the “Setup” text and you’ll be taken to the right place. Once there, select “Norton App Lock” and enable it:
Once that’s done, the app will ask you to draw an unlock pattern. This is the code that will lock your apps, so be sure to memorize it:
When you confirm the pattern, the app will let you proceed and show you the main interface:
As you can see, App Lock is enabled by default. This is the screen where you can choose which apps you’d like to lock. You see that Norton recommends a few by default:
Simply tap the lock icon next to them, and they will be locked. This means that, before you are able to use them, you need to enter the unlock pattern. For example, here, I locked the Settings app, and when I try to access it, I get this:
Of course, if you enter the incorrect code, you won’t be able to access the app:
Besides the recommended apps, you can obviously pick any of your other installed apps by scrolling down the list and using the same method:
If the unlock pattern is not your particular cup of tea, you can switch to a numerical code instead:
And lastly, if you want to disable the lock feature altogether, just tap the lock icon at the top:
That’s about it for today’s lesson! As you can see, Norton’s App Lock is a really handy tool and an intuitive way to lock your apps away from unsuspecting strangers looking to snoop around your apps. The code offers an extra layer of security for your most sensitive apps, and offers an easy to understand and operate interface to go with it, with an easy way to disable it and restrict it to certain apps. Any questions or doubts? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below!