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How to Lock & Password Protect Apps on Android Tablets

Learn how you can lock and password protect apps on all kinds of Android tablets including the ones from Samsung, Xiaomi and Huawei.

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Many users have a PIN or password to protect their tablets. But instead of locking the whole tablet, sometimes it’s better only to restrict access to specific apps. An example would be parents stopping their children from accidentally sending or deleting emails. In this case, they would lock the email app.

Android tablets have various security functions, and locking apps is one way to prevent unwanted access. Different tablet brands and models have slightly different steps to lock apps, but the general idea is the same. We’ll also cover using a third-party app that does the job effectively. Read on for the details.

How to Lock & Password Protect Apps on Your Android Tablet

Password protection is one of the best ways to prevent others from looking through your apps and files. Most tablets today have a built-in feature that lets you lock apps, commonly called App Lock or similar.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to lock and password-protect apps on your Android tablet. Note that the steps may differ even between a brand’s individual models. 

Samsung Tablets

Samsung tablets tend to label options differently, but you can lock apps this way:

  1. Go to the Settings menu by tapping the app or sliding down on your screen before tapping the gear icon.
  2. Look for “Biometrics and Security” and tap it.
  3. Select “Secure Folder” and either sign in or create a Samsung account to proceed.
  4. Pick “Password” as your lock method.
  5. Enter the password and confirm your choice.
  6. Go back to your home screen and open the Secure Folder. 
  7. Add apps to the folder by tapping the “+” sign.
  8. When ready, confirm your choice and your apps will now be password-protected.

Xiaomi and Redmi Tablets

Xiaomi and Redmi tablets have an App Lock setting you can access by following the instructions below:

  1. Navigate to the Settings menu and scroll down until you find the “Apps” section.
  2. Select “App Lock” and activate it.
  3. Enter your password.
  4. Log in to your Mi account or register for one. 
  5. Toggle the apps you want to lock with App Lock.
  6. Your apps are now protected.

OnePlus Tablets

If you own a OnePlus Pad, you can lock apps like this:

  1. Go to the Settings menu and look for the privacy section.
  2. Switch to the “Privacy” tab on the right side of the screen.
  3. Toggle “App Lock” on and set a password if prompted. You can choose your password type.
  4. Select a security question and provide an answer. Make sure to remember it.
  5. You can now select which apps to lock by toggling the switch on.

Huawei and Honor Tablets

On Huawei and Honor tablets, you can follow these steps to protect your apps:

  1. Open the Settings menu.
  2. Scroll down and select “Security & Privacy.”
  3. Tap “App Lock” and enable the option.
  4. Choose your password protection as your locking method.
  5. Set a password and security question.
  6. Choose which apps to protect with a password.

Locking Apps on Your Huawei MatePad T10s Tablet

The process of locking apps on a Huawei MatePad T10s goes like this:

  1. Go to the Settings menu.
  1. Look for “Security” and select “App Lock.”
Huawei security settings
  1. Enable App Lock.
  1. Set up a password and security question.
Setup password protect on Android apps
  1. Lock the apps you want to protect from unwanted access.

Using AppLock

You can also use third-party apps like AppLock to password-protect your apps and files. Here’s how to use it.

  1. Download and install AppLock from the Google Play Store or other app store.
  2. Set up a pattern first.
  3. Go to the “Protect” tab and select “Security.”
  4. Tap “Unlock Settings” and switch to “Password.”
  5. Enter a new password and confirm your choice.
  6. At the main screen, select the apps you wish to lock.


Users who want to secure their apps can lock them using their tablet’s locking feature. The process isn’t too different across brands and models, so you can easily find the setting to do so. It’s also possible to lock apps using an app, but you should choose what works best for you. By knowing how to protect apps, you can rest assured no one can access your private information.


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