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How to password lock your apps and call functions

Security is a central topic for many users. For those who need more than a simple password on their lockscreen, you can go a step further and place a lock on each individual apps. It’s very simple. Here’s how.

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To protect individual apps or functions on your smartphone against unauthorized access, it doesn’t require any special knowledge or skill. In the Play Store there are many apps that accomplish this task. One example is AppLock.

After downloading the two megabyte app and installing it, AppLock has you set up a password. This is then used to open the app itself and is made available for various areas of your smartphone. The setup literally took one minute.

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Enter a chosen password for apps fo your choice. © AndroidPIT

In the main menu, you will find a list of all the apps on your device and you can then choose which ones are then password protected. For example, I secured my e-mail apps and the picture gallery. Specific phone features can also be locked, like accepting phone calls. In addition, you can select either numeric passwords or unlock patterns. Finally, there are tons of customization options (which in this case are mainly reserved for the paid premium version).

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You can choose which apps to lock as well as place a password on individual functions. © AndroidPT

If you are interested, drop by the Play Store to see what else is offered. AppLock runs Android 2.2 and is available for free.

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  • clouds Feb 13, 2014 Link to comment

    @Ann Droid, it's funny that you mentioned Tasker. I installed it today (pirated version) to test it out before I buy it with my hard earned $$. anyways, I found it very confusing specifically when I read the disclaimer that the app might not work as intended etc... I wanted to delete the app but I kept it until I've see a video about or some good description.

  • Ann Droid Jan 26, 2014 Link to comment

    I hate having to constantly unlock my phone when I'm at home. So I use Tasker to recognize when I'm away from my local cell tower and it activates my locking. I use App Protector from Mojave Networks to select which apps I want locked.

    This works perfectly. When I'm about 2 miles from home, my phone locks. I don't have to worry about someone getting a hold of my phone and getting access to all my accounts.

    Also, if someone ever stole my phone from my home, it would lock as they drove away!

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