How to Set a Password for Your iPhone Apps

by Laurel Storm
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Toddlers, teenagers, troublesome roommates and thieves alike may threaten the safety and integrity of your iPhone data. Even if you are extremely careful and only rarely let your precious iPhone out of your sight, you may wish to add an extra layer of security and set a password to limit unauthorized access to apps.

Non-Jailbroken iPhone

Step 1

Tap "Settings." Select "General" and tap "Restrictions."

Step 2

Tap "Enable Restrictions." Enter your desired four-digit numerical password.

Step 3

Re-enter the password when prompted.

Configure which apps and what types of content are accessible without a passcode using the sliders and configuration options.

Jailbroken IPhone

Step 1

Launch Cydia. Tap "Sections" and select "System."

Step 2

Tap "Lockdown." Select "Install" and tap "Confirm." Tap "Restart SpringBoard" when the installation process is complete.

Step 3

Tap "Lockdown" to launch the application. Select a safety word and password when prompted and tap "Confirm."

Select the first application you want to password protect from the list and tap "Lock." Repeat the process for every other application you want to lock.


  • Information in this article applies to iPhone 5 running iOS 6. It may differ slightly or significantly with other products.


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About the Author

Laurel Storm has been writing since 2001, and helping people with technology for far longer than that. Some of her articles have been published in "Messaggero dei Ragazzi", an Italian magazine for teenagers. She holds a Master of Arts in writing for television and new media from the University of Turin.

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