How to lock any app on iPhone with passcode or FaceID

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Some of the popular iOS apps like Whatsapp and Google Drive has the option to lock the app using a passcode or FaceID on your iPhone.

You can also lock bank apps or apps that handle payments by default on your iPhone.

However, your iPhone has no default setting to lock any app on your device behind a passcode or a FaceID unless the apps’ developer provides the functionality.

If you are looking for a way to lock any app on your iPhone with a passcode or a FaceID, luckily, there is an easy way to do that by following this guide.

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This guide will provide you with step-by-step instructions for the workaround to lock any app on your iPhone with your passcode or FaceID.

All you need for this method to work is an iPhone with iOS 14 installed, the shortcuts app, and a few minutes of your time. Let’s dive in.

How to lock any app on the iPhone with passcode or FaceID

Step 1: Installing AppDefense Shortcut

The first thing you need to do is install a shortcut called AppDefense 2.0 on your iPhone in the shortcuts app.

To do that, click on the below routine hub link and tap the get shortcut button.

Get AppDefense 2.0 shortcut.

If this is the first time you are downloading a shortcut to your iPhone, you might have to enable the Allow Untrusted Shortcuts option from the Shortcut settings in the Settings app.

Step 2:

Once you click on the get shortcut button for the AppDefense 2.0 shortcut on the routine hub website, you will be redirected to the shortcuts app on your iPhone.

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Just scroll to the end of the page and then tap on the ‘Add Untrusted Shortcut’ button to add the shortcut to your iPhone.

Step 3: Configuration

On the next page, once you tap on continue, you will be asked to configure the shortcut by adding the apps you want to lock on your iPhone using your passcode, Face ID, or Touch ID.

Tap on the App field and then select the app you want to lock from the list of the apps installed on your iPhone.

Once you have selected the app, tap on Continue again and then type the app’s name exactly as it appears on your iPhone in the text field as this field is case sensitive.

Tap on continue one last time and then hit done to add the configured AppDefense 2.0 shortcut to your iPhone.

Step 4:

Now you need to rename the AppDefense shortcut to the name of the app you want to lock on your iPhone to make sure you don’t get confused between the actual app and the shortcut and also other apps you might want to lock later on.

To rename the shortcut, tap on the three dots option on the shortcut on the homepage, and then again on the shortcuts page.

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From here, tap on the x icon next to the shortcut name and then enter the name of the app you selected earlier and then tap on done.

Step 5: Installing Authkit shortcut

The next step is to install another shortcut called Authkit 2.0 from the same developer.

This shortcut is necessary to enable the passcode, Face ID, or Touch ID option to lock any app on your iPhone.

You can install the Authkit 2.0 shortcut on your iPhone by tapping on the routine hub link below.

Get the Authkit 2.0 shortcut.

Step 6:

Once you visit the website, tap on the get shortcut button, and you will be redirected to the shortcuts app on your iPhone.

From here, scroll to the bottom of the shortcuts page and then tap on Add untrusted shortcut button and then the Done button to add the Authkit 2.0 shortcut to your iPhone.

Step 7:

Now that you have installed and configured all the necessary shortcuts, the next step is to give the permissions required for the AppDefense 2.0 shortcut to function correctly.

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To do this, go back to the Shortcuts app home page and then tap on the AppDefense shortcut, the one you renamed before to the name of the app you want to lock.

Step 8: Provide AppDefense with necessary permissions

You will now be asked to allow permissions for the AppDefense 2.0 shortcut to access iCloud Drive, other shortcuts, photos app, and your notifications.

Tap on Ok to allow the shortcut access to all these permissions and then tap done to complete the quick start guide.

Don’t worry. We will be covering in detail the steps you need to perform for the setup and configuration of the AppDefense 2.0 shortcut.

Step 9: Creating personal automation

Now go back to the shortcuts app’s home page and then tap on the Automation tab at the bottom.

From here, click on Create Personal Automation->App->Choose and then select the app you want to lock on your iPhone and then tap Done, and then next to proceed.

Step 10: Select the shortcut to lock the app on your iPhone

On the next page, tap on the search bar at the bottom, search for shortcuts, and then select the Run shortcuts action,

Now, tap on the shortcut in the action bar, and then select the renamed AppDefense 2.0 shortcut you created before and hit next.

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Make sure you turn off the Ask before running option on the next page and hit done.

Your automation is now successfully created.

Step 11: Provide Authkit with necessary permissions

The next step in the process is to run the Authkit 2.0 shortcut and allow the necessary permissions to function, similar to what you did with the AppDefense shortcut in the previous steps.

Go back to the shortcuts app’s home screen and then tap on the Authkit shortcut and hit ok and done on all the pop-ups to provide the shortcut with the necessary permissions and skip through the quick setup guide.

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Once all the pop-ups are closed, tap on the shortcut again and hit Exit Authkit to proceed.

Step 12:

Now open the Clock app on your iPhone, then hit the Timer tab at the bottom, select the When the timer ends option, and then choose the Stop playing option at the bottom.

Step 13: Lock app on your iPhone

You have now successfully configured both the shortcuts and have locked the app you selected in the earlier steps.

Go ahead and launch the app, and you will be asked to grant a few permissions for the first time. Tap on ok to proceed, and your app will now be opened once you unlock it using your FaceID, TouchID, or your passcode.

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Step 14: Locking and unlocking the apps

You have now successfully locked an app on your iPhone with a passcode, FaceID, or TouchID.

While this process is not the fastest or an ideal one, it certainly gets the job done and is a good workaround until Apple finally decides to add the option to lock apps on your iPhone natively.

You can lock any number of apps on your iPhone by following the same steps as above.

If you wish to remove the lock app feature for any app, then delete the shortcut for that particular app, and you will be good to go.

If you have any questions about this process on how to lock any app on your iPhone, please let us know in the comments section below.

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