How to password protect individual apps with iAppLock

By , Feb 8, 2014

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While setting a passcode on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can go a long way towards improving the security of your device, it is meaningless in situations where it is already unlocked and an invasive family member decides to read through your Messages history or tamper with your ongoing Candy Crush Saga game.

Fortunately, a myriad of jailbreak tweaks have been released over the years that password protect apps on iOS devices. iAppLock stands as one of the first candidates to be updated with support for iOS 7 or later, and it has some useful features. Read ahead for a complete rundown… 

While most tweaks are configured through a menu in the Settings app, iAppLock is a standalone application with an icon on the Home screen. I’m not a big fan of having jailbreak-related icons in plain sight on my iPhone, so I immediately put it in a folder. The app itself has a simplistic user interface that matches iOS 7 design, and presents you with three different tabs: protect, setting, and more.

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The protect tab has a plus sign that you can tap to select native or third-party apps to password protect, although there is a five app limit that will require purchasing the upcoming professional version to override. I chose to password protect Mail, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Safari because of their social implications, although you can place a password on whichever apps you desire.

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When you or someone else attempts to open a protected app, a password prompt pops up and prevents access until the correct passcode is entered. iAppLock also has a passcode of its own, so that people can’t go into the tweak and disable it. Alphanumeric passcodes are not supported, but hopefully a future update will alleviate that. The developers should also consider adding passcode support for folders.

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The settings tab has a number of options to configure, including a delayed lock setting where no passcode is required for a short amount of time after successfully opening one protected app. For instance, if you type in your passcode to open Facebook, all other protected apps will be accessible for the length of delay you select.

The delayed lock lengths offered include 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes and 30 minutes. Additionally, there are menu items for changing your passcode or retrieving it through an authenticated email if you ever forget.

Last, the more tab offers the ability to send feedback to the developers — The ThinkYeah Studio — or share the tweak. It also has a defunct link to upgrade to the unreleased pro version of iAppLock, which remains a work in progress. The regular iAppLock is available now on Cydia for free in the BigBoss repository.

If you are looking for a Touch ID-based version of this tweak, check out BioProtect. Or if you’re looking for different Touch ID or passcode tweaks altogether, there are plenty to choose from. Let us know which ones are your favorites in the comments down under.

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  • Justin Mahone

    Looks Great! Except for the 5 App Limit

    • Tom

      Atleast it’s a free tweak.

  • JulianZH

    can it protect the photo app too?

    • Likii111

      Lockdown Pro try

    • Gabriel

      It worked here

      • Kenrick Fernandes

        someone suggested i download lockdown pro. I did .. and while it worked like it was supposed too.. there are still major loopholes. I only wanted to protect my photos. But if i use whatsapp and try to send a photo through the chat .. then i can easily access it without a password. I had even found out some other consistencies in the app before.I message the developer.. but no response. Please use another app if you want to protect your photos… like the one above

      • teejay_1987

        Use AppLocker,
        It allows to block access of other apps to camera roll

  • David Gitman

    Does it work with Touch ID?

  • Likii111

    Lockdown Pro rocks.. It protect photos from 3rd part apps

  • Newgunnerr

    Arent there already like 20 of these kind of tweaks?

    • http://www.ifans.com/ Joe Rossignol

      Indeed.

  • Eric S.

    What happens when you open the App Switcher? I hate how Lockdown Pro and Applocker white-out or make the locked app pages invisible… even when the tweak is disabled. There’s no reason to hide the content of locked apps when it’s not enabled. Currently I’m using ClassicSwitcher just to get around this issue.

    • Gabriel

      You can enable “Hide Snapshot” in Settings.

      • Eric S.

        Awesome. Thanks! Now all this needs is an Activator toggle. Or maybe Lockdown Pro can put in a hide snapshot option.

  • Gucciipad

    I’d rather buy bio protect.

    • Alberto Espinal

      Biolockdown is better, i tried Bioprotect and it drains battery!

      • http://R0Fleming.tumblr.com/ Romanel Fleming

        I agree with you. BioLockdown also has more features while being a buck cheaper. And it’s from a very well known developer. The reason why BioProtect drains the battery is because of the big animation that loops whenever BioProtect pops up.

      • Niclas

        Fixed issue.

  • Quinten Janssen

    I really wish that iPrivacy was updated to iOS 7 :(

  • Prashant goel

    Applocker is my personal favorite supports touch ID and session locking, folder locking definitely all I want.

  • Jonathan

    I always know it’s you when I see the theme Soft Remix being used. :P

  • Dan

    I’ve been happy using applocker

  • Marcus

    I’m still liking BioLockdown.

  • illK†Δ

    Or just use a pass code on your phone so you don’t have to enter a pass code every single time you want to open that app…

    • http://R0Fleming.tumblr.com/ Romanel Fleming

      Unless someone figures out your passcode, then tweaks like these can come into play to let you set a different passcode. Someone may have gotten into your phone with a passcode, but can’t get into important apps without a different passcode.

  • leart

    Boot holding volume up button and everything will be ok ;P

    • illK†Δ

      Hahaha safe mode ftw

  • soundmanbrad

    Applocker works great and his been around forever.

  • Nick Dee

    The problem I see with Jailbreak lock apps is that if you enter SafeMode the app can be deleted and the apps are then unlocked.

    • Noaaahh

      Not much you can do about that… Safe Mode disables all Mobile Substrate extensions, except System-modified extensions, like BytaFont 2.

  • Nelson

    I didn’t read all the comments, but applocker is an alternative to this app, been using it for years. It also has the ability to lock folders.

  • Starfall88

    Dont forget applocker

  • Alberto Espinal

    This is for non 5s owners!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/E1SUNZ Sunny

    Applocker copy clone!
    Applocker is better still

  • Dante Arellano

    It’s simple free I like it.

  • http://R0Fleming.tumblr.com/ Romanel Fleming

    I personally recommend BioLockdown from Ryan Petrich. Have you seen his work? Of course you have! BioLockdown gives you the option to lock apps, settings panes, switches (like in Control Center), as well as a few iOS features (like Siri). It’s $1.99, works great with TouchID (not compatible with iOS 7.1), and if you don’t have an iPhone 5s, it allows you to set custom and default passcodes.

  • Omar Amer

    Name of the theme?