How to pass passwords to iPhone apps

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Preliminary information

Before taking action, there is some preliminary information that it is my duty to provide you, to allow you to have a perfectly clear idea about the issue that is the subject of the guide.

Let's start from a fundamental premise: pass passwords to iPhone apps this is feasible using a special feature, called Usage time, made available by Apple itself and activated from the iOS settings. This function, available on iPhone starting from iOS 12, allows, in fact, to block access to specific applications or according to them membership categories, which can then only be unlocked by entering a PIN special.



More precisely, the lock is applied after a minimum time frame, which is set at 1 minute. Therefore, to be able to use it, you must use any app included in the block and wait for the defined period of time to elapse. Subsequently, iOS will prevent access to all applications belonging to the category of your interest and to be able to access them again you will need to enter a special code (to be configured when setting the block). However, it should be emphasized that, later in the day, iOS could grant the possibility of use for another minute one of the apps involved in the block.

A valid alternative to what I have just described is to use the protection system, through code, Face ID o touch ID, which some apps have implemented directly in their settings. But unfortunately this is not a feature offered by all applications.

There are no other solutions through which you can set a password to prevent access and use of apps on iPhone. Tools passed off as useful for the purpose that may be present on the App Store are revealed in reality not working or in any case able to intervene only on other elements (eg photos and documents).



How to password pass apps on iPhone

At this point, I would say that we can finally get to the heart of the tutorial and go and discover, in detail, how do you put the password to the apps on the iPhone using Usage time, the default iOS feature I told you about in the previous step.

To configure the use of Screen Time, take your iPhone, unlock it, go to the home screen and / or the App Library and select the icon of Settings (Quella a forma di ruota d'ingranaggio). In the new screen that is shown to you at this point, tap on the item Usage time and, if you have not already activated the function, also select the wording Enable "Usage Time", then press the buttons Continue e It's my iPhone.

At this point, if the dicitura is Utilizza codice "Tempo di utilizzo" present at the bottom and type twice in succession the code you want to set to block and unblock access to applications on the iPhone. Also, enter your Apple ID and the password associated with it in the appropriate fields on the screen that is proposed later, so that you can use your Apple account to recover your PIN in case of loss.

After completing the above steps, tap on the wording App limitations, tap on the item Aggiungi LIMITATION OF USE, enter the code set above and select the categories of apps you want to block, choosing from: All apps and categories, Social , Toys, Fun, Creativeness, Productivity and finance, Instruction, Computer science and reading, Health and fitness, Utility, Shopping and food, Travel o Other. You can also decide to set limitations for individual applications, by first tapping on dart that you find next to the category of your interest and selecting the app of your interest from the proposed list.



Next, tap on the item NEXT present at the top right and indicates after how long you intend to block access to the app (if you want to block it practically instantaneously, set 0 hours 1 min). If you want to change the block for accessing the app depending on the day of the week, select the wording Customize days and set the options you prefer, from Monday to Sunday.

Finally, make sure the toggle next to the option Freeze when the limit runs out is moved to ON (otherwise you do it yourself), then tap on the item Add present at the top right and it's done.

After configuring the Usage Time operation, each time the affected apps will be launched, once the maximum time limit set is exceeded, the lock will automatically take effect. This will be notified by the appearance of a special screen that can be closed by pressing the button OK.

If necessary, you can continue using the app for a further minute by selecting the option Request more time, available sometimes within a day, and choosing the option One more minute from the menu that appears. Alternatively, you can continue with wider time limitations in the use of the app or without any limit by choosing the option Enter the "Usage time" code from the menu, selecting an option from Approve for 15 minutes, Approve for an hour or Approve all day and entering the code set previously.


If trying to open a certain app this should already be blocked, it is evidently because that in the current day it has already been used or applications belonging to the blocked categories have already been used for a period of time greater than that set as a daily limit.


If you have blocked certain categories of applications but you want to ensure that Usage Time does not affect specific apps in them, you can do so by continuing in this way: access the section Settings iOS, select the wording Usage timewho quills Always allowed that you find in the new screen that is shown to you and tap on the symbol capacitor positive (+) lead placed next to the names of the applications you want to allow in the list Choose app.

You are no longer interested in putting the password to the apps on the iPhone and, therefore, would you like to disable the limitations set? It can be done, of course. To do this, always bearing in the section Settings iOS, tap on the item Usage time, by your complaint App limitations, select the category or name of the app you are interested in and bring up OFF l'interruttore accanto alla voce App restriction that you find at the top. To disable the limitations for multiple categories and / or apps at the same time, bring up OFF the switch next to the wording App limitations you find on the screen App limitations.

You can also decide to completely eliminate the limitations. To do this, choose the category or app of your interest from the screen App limitations, then select the option Eliminate limitation that you find at the bottom of the next screen and confirm what your intentions are by selecting the wording again Eliminate limitation. Done!

App to pass passwords to iPhone apps

As I had anticipated in the step at the beginning of the tutorial, unfortunately there are no app to pass passwords to iPhone apps. However, some applications, especially those for messaging, those dedicated to health and those for managing files, implement aspecial option that allows you to set a lock code and / or to enable the use of Face ID or Touch ID to avoid unauthorized access.

In general, it is possible to understand if an app offers an option to set a lock password by reading its description on the App Store or by “browsing” through the settings of the application itself. If available, usually the above option can be enabled by selecting the appropriate item and setting a password or a lock code at the moment or, alternatively, enabling the use of Face ID or Touch ID for the application of your interest.

To give you a practical example, among the apps that offer a blocking system of this type there is WhatsApp. In fact, by accessing the section Settings application by selecting the item Accountwhy are you cheating? Privacy e, successively, the dicitura Screen lock, you can enable the app lock by code, Face ID or Touch ID by bringing up ON the switch next to the appropriate item. For more details, you can refer to my guide dedicated specifically to how to put password on WhatsApp iPhone.

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