1. Lock Folders On Mac
  2. How To Lock Apps On Your Mac Desktop
  3. How To Lock Apps On Your Mac Pro

The aforementioned software should do well enough for your app locking needs and they should make sure that no one is able to access your private information or work in different apps and software. As an alternative, you can even use Windows 10 parental control but if you are looking to lock apps on your own user account, it’s useless. Look for the name of your file in the toolbar at the top of the window in whatever program your document opens into. Click the name, and a drop-down should appear. If locking is available for that item, all you have to do is select the Locked checkbox.

iPhone is known for its privacy and security features. Adhering to the same commitment, did you know besides having third party apps, there are ways in which you can lock/restrict access to certain apps using a passcode. Wondering how? While Apple’s Screen Time is a widely accepted way to protect individual iPhone apps like Photos, Mail with a password, there are others on the list. Let’s get into the detailed guide to know how to lock apps on iPhone and iPad.

Before moving forward, make sure you have disallowed all apps:

  1. Go to the Settings app → Screen TimeAlways Allowed. The allowed apps section has four applications by default. These are Phone, Messages, FaceTime, and Maps.
  2. Tap on the red (-) icon towards the left of the apps, followed by Remove that slides through the right.
    Note: Ensure that you have enabled Screen Time, and a Screen Time passcode is set. You can’t remove the Phone app from this section.
  3. Tap on <back from the top left to go back and tap on Downtime. Turn the toggle on.
  4. Choose your preferred days and time for the downtime of apps.

How to Lock Specific App on iPhone or iPad with Passcode

  1. In the Screen Time window, tap on ‘See All Activity’ located right beneath the usage graph.
  2. At the top of the page, you’ll notice the option to view app-wise daily and weekly usage. A weekly view is suggested for better understanding.
  3. Scrolling down, you’ll find the MOST USED section. Choose the app you wish to lock based on its usage.
  4. Tap on the app you want to lock, and tap on Add Limit.
  5. Set the time duration and tap on Add located at the top right corner of the screen. Make sure to enable the toggle for Block at End of Limit.
  6. Continue the same process for other apps you wish to lock.

How to Lock All Apps on iPhone or iPad with Passcode

  1. Launch the Settings app from your iPhone’s Home Screen and tap on Screen Time.
  2. Tap on App Limits followed by Add Limit.
  3. Enter screen time passcode, if asked.
  4. Now, select All Apps & Categories. After this, tap on Next from the top right corner.
  5. Choose the desired time limit. Next, turn on the option for Block at End of Limit. Finally, tap on Add.

How to Unlock Apps on iPhone

To unlock an app, launch it from Home Screen and then tap on Ask For More Time.

Tap on One more minute or Enter Screen Time Passcode. The former will let you use the app for a minute more. The latter will prompt you to enter the passcode, followed by the duration for which you want to unlock the app.

How to Lock Apps on iPhone Using Guided Access

  1. Open the Settings app → Tap on Accessibility. Scroll through and open Guided Access.
  2. Toggle it on and tap on Passcode Settings.
  3. Tap on Set Guided Access Passcode and enter the desired 4-digit passcode to enable it. Here, optionally, you can also choose to enable Touch ID/Face ID as a way to end guided access.

How to Start a Guided Access Session

  1. Open the app. Next, ask Siri ‘turn on Guided Access.’ Or, press the Home button/Side button thrice. Tap on Guided Access if you see a slide-up menu.
  2. Optional: To refrain parts of your screen from working, use your finger to make a circle or any closed shape. Use the dots on the gray selected portion to achieve the desired result. Tap the cross (x) button if you want to remove it. When Guided Access is in action, this selected area will not register any touch and will stay grayed out.
  3. Optional: Tap on Options at the bottom left corner. This will allow you to choose the features you want to make available. (Motion, Keyboards, and Touch are enabled by default. But you can disable them.) Similarly, if you enable Side Button, it will allow you to lock the device during Guided Access. If you turn on the toggle for Volume Buttons, it will let you change the volume from the Guided Access screen. You get the idea. Right!
  4. Finally, tap on Start located at the top right corner to begin Guided Access.

How to End Guided Access?

There are two ways to do this.

  1. Press the Home button/Side button thrice. Next, enter your Guided Access passcode. Finally, tap on End located at the top left corner of your screen.
  2. Did you enable the Touch ID/Face ID option during the initial steps? If yes, another way to end Guided Acces is by using these. On iPhone with Touch ID, press it twice and confirm with your fingerprint. On iPhone with Face ID, lift the device in front of your face and press the Side button twice.

Note: If you ever get stuck in Guided Access mode, force restart your iPhone to come out of this.

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These were the most commonly used two ways to restrict app usage on the iPhone. Besides these, you can also use Touch ID or Face ID to Lock Compatible Apps like WhatsApp, Notability, etc.

In case you have any queries or would like to have answers to any other concern related to any of your Apple devices, please feel free to share it with us in the comment section. We’d be delighted to answer it.

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There are a number of different ways to lock or sleep your screen in macOS. Before we show them to you, however, it’s important to make the distinction between locking your screen and just putting it to sleep.

If you lock your Mac you’ll put it to sleep and need to type in your login password on your Mac’s lock screen (or unlock it with TouchID on a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, or with an Apple Watch). If you put it to sleep, you won’t necessarily lock it. In order to lock your screen, you need to set up the password in System Preferences. Here’s how to do that.

How to set up a password to lock the screen

  1. Launch System Preferences either by clicking on its icon in the Dock or by choosing it from the Apple menu.
  2. Click on the Security & Privacy pane.
  3. Choose the General tab and check the option that starts ‘Require password…’
  4. Choose an option from the dropdown menu.

Now, whenever your Mac goes to sleep or a screensaver starts, it will lock and you’ll have to authenticate with your user password, Apple Watch or TouchID to gain access.

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How to lock your Mac

If you have a MacBook, a MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro, the quickest and easiest way to lock your Mac is just to shut the lid. When you do that, the Mac goes to sleep and when you open it again you’ll need to unlock it.

However, there are occasions when you’ll want to prevent anyone from seeing the screen without actually closing it. And, in any case, if you have an iMac, Mac mini or Mac Pro, it’s not an option. Here are some other ways you can lock your Mac’s display.

1. Use Apple menu

Go to the Apple menu and choose Sleep. This will display the login screen for your account and won’t unlock with a password (unless you’re wearing an Apple Watch when you do it and then it will lock and unlock immediately)

Tip: If you want your Mac to remain locked even when you’re close by and you have an Apple Watch, go to System Preferences>Security & Privacy>General and uncheck the Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac option.

2. Use shortcuts

How to lock apps in macbook pro

If you’re using a Mac that’s running macOS Catalina, go to the Apple menu and choose Lock Screen or press Command+Control+Q. This will lock your Mac and return you to the Login screen.

For older versions of the operating system, press Control+Shift+Power button (or Control+Shift+Eject if your Mac has an optical drive). It will lock the screen.

You can also use a keyboard shortcut to put your Mac to sleep. Press Command+Option+Power (or Eject). This works in a similar way to the previous one, but rather than just lock your Mac it powers down the hard drive, puts the CPU into low power mode and stops background tasks in order to save energy.

3. Set up a hot corner

Hot corners allow you to drag to the mouse pointer to one of the four corners of the screen to initiate an action – you can use one as a sleep shortcut on your Mac. To set it up:

  1. Launch System Preferences.
  2. Choose the Desktop & Screen Saver pane.
  3. Click the Hot Corners button at the bottom right of the window.
  4. In the drop down window, choose a corner.
  5. Click on the menu and choose either Start Screen Saver or Put Display to Sleep.

4. Use fast user switching

Fast user switching allows you to quickly log into another user account on your Mac. But you can also use it to return to the log in window, which locks your Mac. Got to System Preferences>Users & Groups and click the padlock, then type in your password. Click Login Options and check the box next to ‘Show fast user switch menu as.’ You can also choose whether to show the menu as your full name, the account name or an icon.

To lock your Mac, click the fast user switching menu at the right of the menu bar and choose Login Window…

5. Add Keychain Access to the menu bar

This option was removed in macOS Mojave but works on versions before High Sierra:

  1. Go to Finder.
  2. Choose Applications > Utilities.
  3. Launch Keychain Access.
  4. Click in the Keychain Access menu and select Preferences.
  5. Check the box next to Show keychain status in menu bar.
  6. You’ll see a lock in the Finder menu bar. Click it and choose Lock Screen to lock your Mac.

Other ways to protect your privacy

First of all, fet a Finder-like Terminal for Mac that will help you completely control the login settings. It’s called MacPilot. The app covers over 1,200 hidden macOS features. For privacy, you can go into the Login tab and customize access by users, enable the option of automatic screen locking, and edit launch items.

If you’re looking for physical protection of your Mac, Beepify is the app you need. Whenever you have to step away from the computer in a public place, activate Beepify and it will be set to produce a loud sound in case someone tries to close the screen or disconnect charger.

One of the main reasons for locking your Mac when you step away from it is to stop prying eyes accessing your files, browser history, or anything else you don’t want them to see. CleanMyMac X has a tool that gives you even more privacy protection.

Lock Folders On Mac

CleanMyMac’s Privacy tool allows you to quickly delete your browser history in Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. But it also allows you to delete message threads and attachments in Messages, and to remove entries from macOS’ recent files lists.

Also, CleanMyMac’s Shredder is a quick and easy way to securely delete sensitive data. You can download CleanMyMac for free and give it a try.

As you can see, putting your Mac to sleep or locking it is very easy. There are lots of different ways to do it, although some are dependent on the version of macOS you’re using. If you regularly lock your Mac to prevent others accessing it, you should ensure your login password is strong and secure.

How To Lock Apps On Your Mac Desktop

Finally, if privacy is important, CleanMyMac has a couple of tools that can help delete sensitive data.

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