If you lock apps on iPhone with the passcode you can restrict your kids, family and friends from accessing the apps. You can lock apps individually or you can lock the entire category of the app i.e. you can lock WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook etc. individually or you can directly lock all Social apps.
Let us go through the steps to lock the apps on the iPhone and see how it works.
Steps to Lock Apps on iPhone:
Step 1: Unlock your iPhone and tap on the Settings apps to open the Settings application.
Step 2: On the Settings page, you have to tap on Screen Time.
Make sure you have Turned On Screen Time on your iPhone.
Tap on Continue to proceed further. Make a choice whether this iPhone is yours or not.
Step 3: First of all set your screen time passcode. Further tap on App Limits.
Step 4: Next tap on Add Limit.
Step 5: You can choose the categories of apps that you want to lock. To show you an example I have selected ‘All Apps & Categories’. You can individually select a category like Social, Games or Entertainment etc.
After selecting the apps or their categories you have to tap on the Next button at the top right corner of your screen.
Step 6: Further you have set a time limit up to which you want to lock the apps, for example, I have set it to 15 min and then click on Add.
Back to the Home screen, you can notice that the locked apps must be appearing grey now. To check the lock tap on any of the locked apps. For example, tap on the App Store.
It will show that the app has a Time Limit. Well, you can always ask for more time.
For that, you have to Enter Screen Time Passcode. As this passcode is only known to you so only you can unlock the app.
After you enter the screen time passcode it will ask you how much time you want to use the app, select the time range. As the screen time passcode is known only to you so no other person can access your locked app.
As we have locked the apps in categories such as Social, Games, Entertainment etc. if you feel you can unlock individual app. For that under the Screen Time page tap on Always Allowed.
Now tap on the app you want to remove from add limit list. Like I want to remove the lock from the Drive app. Go back to your home page and you will find that you are now allowed to use the corresponding app without a passcode
So, this is how you can lock apps on your iPhone. Hope you find the content useful. Keep reading.