How to Block Apps on iPhone

Deepak Gupta December 9, 2021
Updated 2021/12/09 at 12:22 PM

Has it happened to you that you open your browser and you get banners with unwanted content? What do you find with applications that generate a lot of data and memory consumption? Maybe apps that slow down the operation of your iPhone and your other Apple mobile devices and give you a lot of headaches? Or do you want to find a way to limit access to the apps and information on your device? Here we hope to give you some ideas on how to Block Applications on iPhone and eliminate these annoying and inconveniences allowing you to work more fluently.

Where to begin?

The apple giant’s cell phone system has evolved over time. But, although in previous versions, it may be a little different, the concept is maintained for when you need to block some type of content or App. In the case of versions of iOS 11 or earlier, the options are in: Setting > Restrictions > Enable restrictions, in this section select the applications you want to block. In the case of version 12 you can access these through: Setting > Screen time > Content and privacy restrictions > Allowed Applications.

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How to block your own applications on iOS

A proprietary application is an application that Apple creates instead of an application from another software manufacturer.

In iOS 11 and earlier versions one of the simplest ways to lock apps that works for most iPhones devices, but only for Apple’s own apps, involves the use of Restrictions. Go to Setting > and then scroll down to Restrictions > Enable restrictions. Once prompted, enter a new password. After enabling the restrictions and entering a new access code, you are presented with the different options. As we explained previously, this option will only work with integrated applications and will allow us to disable them so that they do not continue running in the background or the icon is shown on the home screen. It is not compatible for applications that we have downloaded from the store.

In iOS versions 12 or later, proceed in the same way as explained in the previous section.

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Block apps using guided access

By this method you can limit the device to run a single app and control which functions of it are enabled. It is recommended in the case that you allow a child or a relative to use your device.

To configure this feature on iOS 13 or higher, follow these steps: Go to Setting > Accessibility > Guided access. If you are using this service for the first time, you will be asked to add a security code. Face ID and Touch ID can also be used to validate guided access

When you need to turn on Guided Access, for older devices, press the Home button three times or pressing the side button three times (On iPhone X or later)

Through the guided access, you can also draw a circle to select parts of the screen that you want to disable by touch and among options that appear in the lower right corner of the screen, you can disable everything, from the volume buttons to the entire touch screen , as well as to establish a time limit in the session.

You can enable the guided mode also through Siri by opening the App you want and saying “Siri active, guided access”

How to use Touch ID to block compatible apps on iPhone 5S to iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

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Apple, like most manufacturers, allows biometric recognition in some of its models through a method known as Touch ID, through this, you can guarantee the lock using your fingerprint from a group of compatible applications. You can use this security feature on similar models from iPhone 5S to iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

Through this functionality you can block access to some Apple services, such as Apple Pay, iTunes and the App Store, to do so, go to Setting >Touch ID & Passcode and enter your password. The compatible apps will appear on this screen, select the ones you want to block using this method. If this is your first time setting up the feature, you will be prompted to follow the steps and add your biometric information, which you can use for any compatible service.

However, as we explained the above is only limited to Apple Pay, iTunes and App Store services. Using Touch ID to block applications that you download from the Apple Store requires a different process, and many of the most popular ones (such as Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat) do not support this method, which means that you cannot block them. individually.

There are a wide variety of applications that offer the option of blocking using Touch ID, while a smaller number leaves us the option of blocking applications using a passcode. But, as we can activate this option itself: Open the application compatible with Touch ID, access its configuration option, select the application lock option, this can be found according to the version of iOs in the> sectionPrivacy or>preferences and in this it could appear as Password, Access code, Touch ID Lock, Blocking, Screen lock

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Set time limits for apps

As we said when we touched on Guided Access, you can set time limits for apps. This is nothing more than limiting the use of these to an interval of time. You can even partially inactivate apps and notifications so that they don’t run at certain times. But how to do this?

On devices running iOs version 13 or higher go to Setting > Use time > Continue> This is my iPhone> Application limits > Add limit. Here you will be given the possibility to limit the applications by time and by days. We can also apply these options to categories of applications, such as games or social networks or specific apps.

In case you want to block categories, the time limit options will apply to all the apps that are in the selected group. However, you will always have the option to modify, some in particular.

You can also block communications, both inbound and outbound, including phone calls, FaceTime, and iCloud messages, for periods or permanently. For this, you must have iCloud contacts activated, if this is not the case, to be able to do so, access Settings>[tu nombre] > iCloud and Active Contacts, after this, Settings> Time of use> Time of use> Continue> This is my iPhone and press Communication limitsYou can then limit the communication according to your needs.


App blocking on iPhone using a third-party app

There are other ways beyond those explained to block applications, but this requires the use of apps developed by third parties.

It can be said that this is the most popular option to block content and applications, because there are several apps that fulfill this task in one way or another, and can block access to all the applications on your iPhone through an access code or biometric identification. However, although it is the favorite of most iPhone users, because everyone can find the app that best suits their needs, to use them, your iPhone must be jailbroken. What it means to create security vulnerabilities and performance problems (not recommended).

Several projects provide us with this type of application, one in particular is the Cydia platform. From here you can download various tools that meet this objective and adapt to your needs. Among the most popular are BioProtect, Locktopus and AppLocker

In the case of BioProtect, once the application has been downloaded, you can block specific applications by going to Setting > Applications in the section Protected elements, and selecting the applications you want to block.

Although as we said before that depending on your needs, a third-party application might be all you need to hide things like images and notes, making them accessible only after the correct password has been entered, you can always assess the other options that you have. we provide, some of them may be the one that best suits your needs.

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