If there’s one thing we need in any Android device as an essential app, it has to be the application lock. Whether your cousins are trying to hide your photos, or your parents are trying to access your WhatsApp messages, it is imperative to have an extra layer of security in addition to your traditional one when accessing the phone. Samsung phones, in particular, have a built-in application locking system so you can lock your apps easily. However, there are some oddities about the built-in application lock. In this post, we look at how to lock apps on Samsung mobile phones using the owner’s Secure Folder / S Secure app as well as third-party apps:
How to lock apps on Samsung mobile phone / tablet
Using a Secure Folder
Secure Folder is a setting that is exclusive to Samsung devices running One UI 4 and later. It can not only lock programs, but also hide photos, videos, files, and other important documents. Here’s how it works:
- Create a Secure Folder under the Settings -> Biometrics and Security
- Enter your Samsung account details, then click Login or create a new account
- Choose the key method, template, pin or password of your choice and click Next
- Enter the key method again, then select Confirm. You can also enable / disable fingerprint unlocking.
- A shortcut to the Secure Folder will be added to your Home and Application screen
- Open the Secure Folder
- Click ‘Add apps’ and select the app you want to lock
- This will create two versions of the program that you want to secure. One version will be a regular application that can be accessed without a password, while the other will require a password. The latter will be stored in a Secure Folder and the data for both programs will be completely different.
Using the S Secure app
If you have an older Samsung device or want to use Samsung’s traditional application lock instead of the Secure Folder, which creates two copies of each application with separate data, you can try the S Secure app. This app allows you to lock and hide your apps.
- Download the S Secure app from here.
- Now, as soon as you open the app, you can directly lock or hide apps, no login required.
- Tap on the Settings app under Lock apps. You will be asked for your key screen password.
- After entering your password, you can set the application lock on Samsung. The lock can be a PIN, a template or a password.
- Tap locked apps and select ‘Add’ in the upper right corner
- Now add the apps you want to lock
- Here it is! The selected applications will be locked and inaccessible without a password
However, the method has a flaw. Anyone with access to the phone can uninstall the S Secure app. This will unlock all locked apps and expose your data to others. Third-party programs like Norton offer a better solution. The program does not allow anyone to uninstall the app. Here’s how the app works:
Using a Norton application lock
- Download the Norton App Lock from the Play Store
- Now open the app, click ‘OK and Launch’
- Give necessary permissions to the program
- After that, customize your template or PIN.
- Now select your Google account for passcode recovery if you forget your passcode
- Then select ‘Continue’
- Tap the padlock next to the app you want to lock. The green padlock indicates that the program is locked, while the gray indicates that the program is not locked.
- If you want to disable / enable all application locks in all applications together, simply tap the yellow padlock on the top right corner. The Blue padlock and the grayed out list indicate that the application lock is off.
For added security, enable device management rights on the Norton App Lock. This will prevent others from uninstalling the app. Management rights can be enabled with the ‘Activate Device Manager’ option, which is located under the burger menu at the top left of the application list. With device management permissions, you can’t uninstall the app unless it’s turned off by the device administrator in the Settings app.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to remove Samsung application lock
- If you want to delete the Secure Folder:
- Go to Settings> Biometrics and Security> Secure Folder
- Tap More Settings
- Tap Uninstall
- Tap Uninstall again if prompted
- If you want to remove the S Secure app, just uninstall the app.
- If you want to remove the Norton App Lock,
- You must first disable the device administrator permission in the Norton App Lock app
- Then just uninstall the app
What should I do if I forget my password for the application lock?
- If you have a Secure Folder:
- Enter the PIN you think is correct
- After 2 or 3 attempts, a ‘Forgot PIN’ option will appear, tap it
- You can now reset your PIN using your Samsung account
- If you have the Norton App Lock, you can reset your PIN with your Google ID
- If you have the S Secure app, just uninstall it