Since its introduction in the iPhone 5s, the Touch ID has already rolled through a couple of iterations. Apple has taken a lot of efforts in integrating Touch ID seamlessly across the iPhone — whether it be unlocking your iPhone, buying from iTunes or using Apple Pay. My only pet peeve about Touch ID is the inability to lock individual apps on my iPhone. This ability is particularly useful when I need to hand over my unlocked iPhone, without having to constantly worry about the other person going through my personal photos or other confidential data. So here is the How to Lock Apps on iPhone With Touch ID.
How to Lock Apps on iPhone With Touch ID
Download BioLockdown to Lock Apps
1. Open Cydia > Search and search for “BioLockdown” (without the quotes).
2. Tap on “Purchase“. BioLockDown costs $2.99 (and is worth every penny). The payment is done through PayPal.
3. Tap “Restart SpringBoard“.
Your device should respring in a few seconds and BioLockdown should be successfully installed.
How to Use BioLockdown to Lock Apps and Settings
BioLockdown uses the fingerprints that you’ve already registered in your Touch ID settings. So, if you haven’t already, go to “Settings” > “Touch ID & Passcode” > “Add a Fingerprint…” and register a fingerprint here. The app also works with the passcode, so you can use that as well.
Now we can continue to explore all the features that BioLockDown has to offer by going to “Settings” > “BioLockDown”.
To lock down a particular app, tap on “New restriction“.
This will pop-up a new menu where you can select any system/third-party app(s) or folder(s) that you want to lock down with Touch ID. Folders don’t seem to work for now, but the developer has promised a fix soon.
Under the “Switches” tab, you can lock down certain Control Center toggles like the Airplane mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, etc.
Under the “Settings Pane” tab, you can choose to lock a particular settings pane like General, Wallpaper, Siri, etc. I’d recommend you to lock the “BioLockDown” menu itself in the Settings so that nobody can tamper its settings or remove the lock from apps.
Finally, the “Features” tab enables you to lock certain other aspects of your iPhone like answering/placing a call, notification/Control Center, Siri, Spotlight, Power Off Device, etc.
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