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10+ Best App Lockers in Google Play Store

Android is an operating system developed by Google and Open Hand Alliance written in Java (UI) and C++ programming language. The model of operation is open source meaning its source code is made available with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose.

Being open source therefore means any developer can create an app and distribute it in the Google platform or android market called Google Play Store. Its marketing target is smartphones, tablets, computers and other android utilities such as Android TV and Android Wear such as Android smart watch.

It offers lots of exclusive features that are user friendly thereby making it the more popular with a large variety of people compared to other operating systems in this space such as iOS and Windows. Some of the features include:

  • Messaging
  • Web browser
  • Voice based features
  • Multi-touch
  • Multitasking
  • Screen Capture
  • TV recording
  • Video Calling
  • Multiple language support
  • Accessibility
  • Connectivity
  • Media

However cool or cheap android phones are, they are losing when it comes to security and protection of user privacy. This gives an upper edge to other operating systems such as iOS over it thus driving the large market of people who value security and privacy away from it.

Even though android has in built security options such as capability to add passcodes to lock the screen, fingerprint password to unlock the phone and built-in encryption; these are but basic and nowhere near to being complex or matching other more advanced ones in the market.

Security and privacy is one of the many aspects people look for while buying a phone. One checks whether it has passcodes and the variety of styles of the passcode. Many people also like to feel secure when they hand their phone to other people thus bringing in the issue of ability of the phone to lock several apps that they feel have more sensitive and private information. Many of the sensitive apps that people love to keep private is Messaging, WhatsApp and Gallery.

Here is a list of the 10 Best App Lockers operational in android that will enable you to pick the one most suitable to your needs:

  1. APP LOCKAppLock

Having a user base of more than 100 million it is one of the most used and downloaded app lockers. This is largely due to the mass it attracts because it supports more than 24 languages thus making it user friendly to many people around the world.

Apart from being user friendly it has the ability to lock many apps in a simple and suitable manner to most people. It can lock Gallery, WhatsApp, Settings among other installed apps.

Besides, it offers additional features thus making it more attractive like hiding videos and pictures so that they are not visible to people when they access your Gallery if you feel the videos and pictures are more sensitive and private.

After installation, the app prompts the user to setup a passcode lock coming in hand with a recovery email address option so that in case the user can’t remember the passcode, it can be reset by the recovery email address.

Developer: DoMobile Lab

Compatibility: Android 4.0.3 and above

Availability: Google Play

  1. SMART APP LOCKSmart-AppLock-App-Protector

Smart App Lock is one of the coolest app lockers because even I use it. It is somewhat more advanced and has some really good and user friendly features.

First of all it has the option to change your passcode lock screen type to use PIN, password, pattern depending on what you prefer.

In addition to app locking it has some other features like Screen Lock which will enable the screen to never turn off when using apps added to this platform.

It also has the Rotation Lock feature which will enable the screen of your device not auto-rotate to landscape/portrait mode when app is running provided it’s added to this platform.

One of the most unique features of this app is its capability of taking a picture of someone trying to unlock your phone.

Making it more attractive is the ability to be modified to show a false Forced close popup in place of lock screen, in that the person using your device will think that the app has stopped working and won’t be able to know that the app is actually locked.

Developer: SpSoft

Compatibility: Android 4.0.3 and above

Availability: Google Play

  1. ADVANCED PROTECTIONAdvanced-Protection-☞-AppLock

It comes from the developer of App Lock but it’s a subsidiary app which means it needs App Lock to be installed first even though it is an upgrade to App Lock.

The most important feature to this app is that when it’s activated nothing can uninstall App Lock without password thus making personal data very secure.

After the installation, you should enable Advanced Protection in Settings of App Lock in order to activate it.

If you want to remove AppLock, open AppLock, left menu, scroll down to last item, tap Uninstall item.

Developer: DoMobile Lab

Compatibility: Android 2.2 and above

Availability: Google Play

  1. APPS LOCK & GALLERY HIDERApps-Lock-Gallery-Hider

This is one of the apps in the Google Play Store with some very amazing features. For instance, it can password protect any app on your device including Gallery, Gmail, Settings, Clock, Contact.

One of the most attractive features of this app is to password protect apps like Task manager, Settings, Force Stop, Call Logs, Dialer thereby offering a complete package in protection to your device.

Here is what to expect from this amazing security app:

  • Locks Downloaded Apps
  • Hides photos & videos
  • Hide the app’s icon from main menu
  • Cannot be uninstalled or killed by outsiders
  • Locks system apps
  • Encrypts media

Some of the security features are:

  • Double Door – 2 locks to enter protected apps
  • Break in Alerts – A watchdog for intruders
  • 2 Locks – Pin and Pattern
  • Hide Pin/Pattern
  • Sleep Timer – Set a short time to disable password
  • Easy Transfer – Allows easy jumping from one protected app to the other

Developer: Migital

Compatibility: Android 2.3 and above

Availability: Google Play

  1. APP LOCK (PATTERN)App-Lock-Pattern

App Lock is a very simple yet sophisticated app that is powerful and very user friendly. It performs its functions perfectly meeting user needs despite having a very uncluttered and simple UI (User Interface).

In similarity to other app lockers it offers password protection for your apps both in built apps and downloaded which include emails, contacts, SMS, gallery, chrome among others.

The unique feature about this app that is very helpful is that it will start alarming if anyone tries to access any locked apps. That is getting the password wrong severally causing the lock to re program password prompt.

Developer: Softwego

Compatibility: Android 3.0 and above

Availability: Google Play

  1. LEO PRIVACY GUARDLEO-Privacy-Guard

LEO Privacy Guard is one of the most popular apps deeming from the number of downloads and reliable privacy protection app for android deeming from the rating.

It also comes with multiple of other improved and new features that separate it from other app lockers. One feature that makes it so unique and downloadable is the capability if automatically locking or unlocking the chosen apps by desired location and time. This therefore means that the user can set up the app to automatically unlock their mail client once they are at the office and lock it once their location changes.

Some of the other amazing features include:

  • Harassment Intercept: Detect and block harass calls
  • Anti-theft: Lost and found
  • Break-in Alert: Intruder Selfie
  • Phone Boost: Speed up the phone

Developer: LeoMaster

Compatibility: Android 4.0 and above

Availability: Google Play

  1. App Locker – Lock Any AppApp-locker-Lock-Any-App

App locker is an essential app that all phone user should have in order to protect their personal information from unauthorized access. It allows one to lock their apps, videos and documents within one app. It allows one to protect individual apps with a single password.

It works very easily and to start up involves; creating a four-digit password, then selecting the apps that you want to lock and pressing the lock icon after selection.

It offers password recovery in case you forget your password through the email you registered with. With this app, you are able to lock private messages by locking apps such as Facebook, sms, emails, twitter, snapchat, skype etc. it also helps your apps from getting installed or uninstalled accidentally. It is also optimized for HD tablets and uses minimal battery and memory. It also has a built in offline password recovery.

Developer – Innorriors

Compatibility – Android 2.3.3 and up

Availability – Google Play

  1. App Lockapp-lock

This is also a great app if you are looking to improve the security of your phone. This app locks your apps with either a pin or lock pattern. It is also very easy to enable and disable the lock as to your preference.

Its features are;

  • Has several protection modes
  • One can switch between protection modes as per preference
  • Has numerous customization options

The password for the app can be changed from the settings menu and one can also reset the password from settings.

Developer: Useful apps

Compatibility: Android 4.0 and up

Availability: Google Play Store

  1. Smart Applock 2(App Protect)Smart-AppLock-2-App-Protect

This is one of the best apps and is Android 5.1 supported. It is the lightest as it uses less memory. It helps one to lock apps containing private content such as photos, videos, short messages(sms/mms) and even call history. One is also able to lock SNS apps such as Facebook, twitter, WhatsApp and even Instagram.

One of the features that make it stand out is the ability to even lock incoming calls, system toggles such as Wi-Fi toggle and Bluetooth toggle, phone system settings such as install and uninstall apps and phone market apps such as game markets to avoid unauthorized purchases.

This app can also disguise your lock screen to prevent one from cracking your password. It also allows multiple lock types at the same time.

It has a very beautiful UI and has no delays after the phone or device reboots.it can also prevent app screenshots and a standard lock delay time. It also provides a way of ensuring the app is not uninstalled by requesting a password set by the device administrator. In case you forget your password, it provides a means of retrieving it through the email you registered with. It also has an iOS version for iOS users.

Developer: smart app lock 2 (app protect)

Compatibility: varies

Availability: Google Play Store

  1. Apps Locker MasterApps-Locker-Master

Apps Locker Master is also a very nice lock app that is very light fast and requires only 2mbs to install. This app allows one to lock individual apps in the phone hence protecting all of your personal or private content stored in the phone. It allows for messages, emails, contacts, gallery, google play store settings and many others to be locked at your suitability.

It has a pattern or pin lock in landscape and portrait screen mode than you can choose according to your wish. It also has several themes such as eggs, love and circle for your choosing. It also allows for Samsung fingerprint to unlock.

More of its features include:

  • delay lock time
  • install and uninstall protection of phone apps
  • has easy to use interface and apps can be easily locked
  • allows for time PIN usage to enhance security (if your password is 9 at 10:20 then it sets the PIN to 91020)
  • it also has a widget icon for open and switch on/off locks service
  • it also has a disguised icon of App Lock

In case you forget your password, there is a password retrieval method that allows you to recover your password from the email you registered with.

Developer: NVG entertainment

Compatibility: Android 2.0 and up

Availability: Google Play Store

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