How to Lock Apps on Mac (including Catalina), iOS and Android

2019-10-24 03:25:35 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to Utility Follow @ Rosa

This guide will show you how to lock apps on Mac, iOS and Android in different ways. You probably have dozens if not hundreds of applications installed on your Mac and mobile devices, some for entertainment and some for working or learning. Locking apps can benefit you in more than one way. And this article will cover the common ways to do the locking.

Why lock apps?

  • You can prevent others who use your Mac from accessing your apps and privacy.
  • It adds an extra layer of protection against hacking.
  • You can limit children’s screen time by stopping them from opening games and other addictive apps.
  • It helps you protect privacy, reduce distractions and thus increase productivity.

How to lock apps on Mac

Method 1. Lock any app on Mac with AppCrypt

You can lock any system apps and third-party apps on Mac using Cisdem AppCrypt, a powerful, easy-to-use Mac app locker and website blocker.

  • Lock any app on your Mac such as Photos, iPhoto, Messages, Contacts, Quicken, etc.
  • Allow you to lock Mac apps during certain times with the Schedule feature
  • Provide a record of incorrect password attempts trying to open the locked apps
  • Also block any websites on Google Chrome, Safari, etc.
  • Support OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later, including macOS 10.15 Catalina

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How to lock apps on Mac in 2 easy steps

Step 1. Download and install AppCrypt. When you open the app for the first time, you will be asked to set a password.

set a password to lock macOS apps

Note: The password will be required to unlock apps and change settings. Please DO NOT forget the password.

Step 2. In this app locker, click Add App from the toolbar. Add one or multiple applications that you want to password protect.

add apps to lock up

It’s that easy to lock apps on Mac.

To successfully open a locked app, one needs to enter the correct password. To unlock locked apps, select the apps and click Remove App in the toolbar.

If someone tries to access your locked apps and enters a wrong password, AppCrypt will generate a record with details like app name, date, time and photo.

report of attempts trying to open locked apps

Pro tips

  • You can set this tool to lock apps for certain time. In the top right corner of the main window, select Menu > Preferences > Schedule. Don’t forget to save your setting.schedule feature
  • In Preferences, under the General tab, you can choose to enable or disable functions like Capture photo with failed attempt and Quit all protected apps when Mac goes to sleep.general options
  • To set a new password, go to Preferences > Password.set a new password

On a side note: You can use the WebBlock feature to block any website on web browsers like Chrome and Safari.

the WebBlock feature

Method 2. Lock Apps on Mac via Built-in Disk Utility

The second way you can try is having your data protected with a inside lock that can only be opened by you or by someone who knows the password.

Step 1. Type in Disk Utility in the Spotlight Search. And double-click to open it.

Step 2. Click File > New Image > Image from Folder.

Step 3. Select the app folder you want to lock and click the choose button.

You can see in the photo as below. Only the apps in folder state can be selected. That means, you must keep you app in folder then can use this way to lock your app successfully.

Step 4. A new window will pop up. When you set up your choices, click Save button. Then the app folder will be locked well.

Click the down arrow from Encryption to choose a suitable encryption way.

Method 3. How to lock apps on Mac using Screen Time

This method doesn’t apply to systems prior to macOS 10.15. Previously only available on iOS, now the Screen Time comes to Mac with the release of macOS Catalina in October 2019.

As you can tell form its name, the feature is designed primarily for the purpose of controlling screen time. If your are looking for an easy way to protect apps on Mac with a strong password, this method is not effective and straightforward enough.

Step 1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences > Screen Time.

Step 2. In the bottom left corner of the main window, click Options. Select the checkbox next to Use Screen Time Passcode. Set a 4-digit passcode.

set Screen Time passcode

Step 3. In the left column, click App Limits. Click the Turn On button to enable this feature.

click App Limits

Step 4. Click the add button, which will bring up a new window where you can add an app to create limit. Enable Block at end of limit. When you finish setting up, click the Done button.

add an app that you want to set limit

When a time limit is reached, the app will be locked, and one will be asked to enter the passcode to access the app again.

How to lock apps on iPhone

1. Enable Guided Access to feature your iPhone

There is a built-in feature which named Guided Access, allows you to lock apps on iPhone. You can enable this feature on your iPhone with following the steps below:

Step 1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on general.

Step 2. Tap on Accessibility, scroll down and choose Guided Access under the Learning section.

Step 3. Tap to turn on Guided Access.

Step 4. Tap on Passcode Settings and set a passcode for Guided Access.

2. Start to lock Apps on iPhone with Guided Access:

Step 1. Launch the app which you want to lock. In this case, we used Camera.

Step 2. Triple click the Home button to Start Guided Access and lock Camera App.

lock apps on iphone

Step 3. Tap on Start at the top of the screen.

Step 4. Tap on Start at top right corner of the screen to begin Guided Access.

lock apps on iphone

This is it! Now, you are safe to hand over your Mac and iPhone to your kids, friends or with whom you are not comfortable to share applications.

How to lock apps on Android

There are various kinds of screen locks for Android, such as PIN, password, pattern, etc.,which can help you lock Android phone well. But it is too troublesome to unlock the Android every time when you go to use the phone. So if you want to protect your important apps, you can use an app name Smart App Protector to lock apps on Android.

Step 1. Download Smart App Protector from Google Play Store and install it on your Android phone.

Step 2. Launch the program. It will require you to install a Smart App Protector helper that ensures the major app service wouldn’t be killed by third party apps.

Step 3. The original password is 7777, but you are able to change it in app Settings.

Step 4. Next, come to Running tab. Click ADD button and choose applications that you need to lock from the pop out list. Click ADD button again.

Step 5. Finally, check whether the app has been locked on Android or not.

lock app on android


Above are the common ways on how to lock apps on Mac, iOS and Android. Locking apps is necessary if you want to prevent your private information from leaking, or you don’t want others to access certain apps on your device. Hopefully the ways above can help you solve your problems with success.

iPhone and Android phone users can use the built-in or third-party solutions to do the locking up. For Mac users, there is also more than one solution. If Disk Utility or Screen Time is not enough satisfy your need, you can try professional Mac app lockers like AppCrypt. With it, you can easily lock an app on Mac and also block distracting websites. Download the free trial now.

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6 Comments Leave a Reply

  • Glenda

    Awesome! Super helpful and simple to use! It limits my child to play games on Mac frequently and it looks really cool!

    3 years ago REPLY
  • Joana

    Very good looking app that is feature rich and very easy and pleasing to use.

    3 years ago REPLY
  • Kenyon

    I loooooove AppCrypt absolutely a great program. I can't say anymore it's just awesome.

    3 years ago REPLY
  • Bella

    A very good third-party tool to protect apps you don't want to accidentally launched by others.

    3 years ago REPLY
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    The paragon of unierstanddng these issues is right here!

    3 years ago REPLY
  • Edith

    I have three kids in my family, and they always use my Mac to play games and watch movies. aha, now they even can't access to my games app with the help of AppCrypt.

    4 years ago REPLY