Can I Lock Down Individual Apps on iPhone and iPad without Jailbreaking?

Yesterday, I shared how to use iOS6 Guided access feature to lock iPhone or iPad to one app and control which app features are available. If you share your device and would like to lock individual apps or folders on your iPhone or iPad for others not to see, the Apple guided access can’t help.

As at the time of publishing this post, there is no app that can lock down individual apps on your Apple device without you having to jailbreak your device, although there are some apps you can use to hide your photos, notes etc on your iPhone and iPad. Strange..huh?

I still can’t believe there is no way to implement a 4 digit code lock for a specific folder or app on iPhone and iPad. For now, whenever I give out my iPad to others for quick use, I use iOS restrictions for apps supported, move bbm for iPad and email app to a folder and also log out some IM and social networking apps. Not really cool though….

Nevertheless, there are some third-party apps eg Dropbox, Goodreader that have built-in password / encryption features making them useless for people not knowing the master password. How I wish all apps including the iPad email client have such feature.

I hope Apple will allow this functionality soon while I also await Apple to implement multiple users on the iPad.

NOTE: If you don’t mind jailbreaking your device, then try the AppLocker Cydia App.

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