There is a function built into iOS that makes it possible, in a picturesque way, to lock photos with a password on the iPhone. In this article, you learn how to do this.
One of the requests most made by iPhone users for years has not yet been answered by Apple: the possibility of placing a password in the native Photos app, to prevent strangers from snooping on your personal images.
The apple insists on not fulfilling this request, however, there is a Work around iOS itself that allows protect the Photos app and make it accessible only by the device owner, without having to install any external applications. Here’s how.
IOS Parental Controls
In iOS 12, Apple expanded the function of Parental Control in the system, implementing limitation on the use of apps on the iPhone and iPad. This means that the user can determine how long a day an application can run.
And this can be used precisely to limit the application Photos to be used only when the password is typed. Privacy would not be the primary function of Parental Control, but it is perfectly suited to what we want.
Password on iPhone photos
To enter a password in the iPhone Photos application, simply configure the function Usage Time so that it has its time limit, so that it can only be opened by those who know the password.
Check out the step by step how to do this.
STEP 1 Open Settings
On your application screen, open System Settings.
STEP 2 Access Time of Use
Tap on the “Usage Time” menu to open the options that you will need to change.
STEP 3 Set up a password
Touch “Use Time of Use Code”To set up a 4-digit password. It will be used to open the Photos app. It can be different from the iPhone / iPad and if you forget it later, you can recover it through the iCloud account that you will register.
STEP 4 App limits
With the password created, touch “App limits”To set a time limit for the Photos app.
STEP 5 Add Threshold
Add a limit for an application. Enter the password you just created.
STEP 6 Select the Photos app
In the “Creativity“, Select the app Photos. You can also type “Photos”In the search field, if you are finding it difficult to find the app.
STEP 7 Adjust time
The trick is to set the time for using the Photos app to just 1 minute. So, what goes beyond that will prompt you for a password to use. For this to work, activate the option “Block at end of limit“.
STEP 8 Activate the password in the Photos app
Now the Photos app will always lock with a password when used for more than a minute in that day. To activate, leave the app open for one minute. After that, it will block for the rest of the day.
Then, whenever you need to open a photo, just tap on the option “Request More Time“.
At this point, you enter the 4-digit password that you created especially for the Time of Use. Only then will the photos app open, preventing others who do not know the password from viewing your photos.
As this is a Work around and not a function specifically implemented by Apple (the password on iPhone Photos), it only serves to superficially protect your photos from those who are temporarily snooping on your device.
It is not a deep protection and does not prevent your photos from being accessed in other ways, such as applications, for example. So don’t feel completely safe with this, as more advanced users can pass this protection on and view their personal images.
However, it already solves the question of when you let other people temporarily use your device and you don’t want them to quickly look at what you keep in the photos.
Share this article with friends and family who have always asked you how to put a password on your iPhone photos. And let’s hope that Apple will finally (officially) fulfill this long-standing request from its users.
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