How To Individually Protect your iPhone Apps with a Password

There are times when someone would borrow your iPhone for a reason. But since it is a personal gadget, there are things that you don’t want others to see when using it. Thus, it would be better that you can protect certain notes, photos or apps with a password; by doing so, you will be the only one to be able to open them up whenever you need to.

Password-protecting some or all of your iPhone apps is yet another security measure to take. Although, there are downsides to it, try to look at the bright side; no one would be able to use any of your iPhone apps unless they know what your password is. The good thing is, you don’t need to be a technical person to do this. What you need is an app you can use to set a password for other individual apps in your iPhone.

Now, if you are ready to take an extra step to secure your iPhone, follow these steps to individually protect your iPhone applications with a password.

Important Notes:

  • Make sure to jailbreak your iPhone first.
  • LockDown iPhone app is free.

Installation of Lockdown

Step 1. Launch Cydia from the Springboard and tap on “Sections” tab at the bottom of the screen.


Step 2. Navigate through different sections and select “System“.


Step 3. Now, try to navigate through the system apps and select Lockdown, developed by BigBoss system.


Step 4. Once you opened the package, tap on the “Install” button at the upper-right corner of your screen. Installation will not start unless you “Confirm” your action.


Step 5. Installation may take just a little while to complete. Once it is completed, it would be impossible for you to miss the “Restart Springboard” button at the bottom of the screen. After restarting the Springboard, you will be able to find the icon of Lockdown app. Just tap on it to launch.


As far as installation is concerned, that’s how you do it. You can also do a quick search on Cydia to find the Lockdown package.

Operating Lockdown

Alright, we are done with the installation. Now, let’s try to operate this app and how you can set password to individual apps in your iPhone.

Step 1. Launch Lockdown app from the Springboard. When it is your first time to launch the app, you will be asked to enter your “Safety Word” and “Password“. You just have to enter them and tap on “Continue” button. Make sure you can remember your own safety word and password.


Step 2. Lockdown will, then, present you a list of applications.┬áNow, you just have to select which ones you want to be password-protected and tap on the “Lock” button thereafter. You can do this to all of the applications you want protected.


To avoid confusion, you will be able to know which applications are protected if you can see a padlock icon on the right of the protected apps just like the ones you can see on the screenshot below.


Step 3. Now, let’s try it out! Press the Home button to return to the Springboard. Launch the protected application and you will be asked of the password.


As I mentioned earlier, there is a downside of password-protecting your iPhone apps. One of which is that you have to enter the password every time you use the protected applications. It could be a hassle on your part especially when you are in a hurry. So, I advise you to protect the apps which you don’t want others to open when they are using your iPhone. Also, try to unprotect frequently used apps for your sake.

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Harold is a techno geek who writes Technology News. While technology is his passion, he also writes about travel tips, iPhone how-to's and other fresh news on the web. He is even very active in a News Community which seeks to bring the latest news for online readers around the world.

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