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How to Lock Gallery Apps on iPhone

In an increasingly sophisticated digital era, privacy and the security of personal data have become of paramount importance. One crucial aspect to consider is safeguarding personal photos and videos within the iPhone gallery application. Given that these images likely represent something deeply personal to you, it’s only natural that you’d want to maintain your privacy by locking your iPhone’s gallery.

While Apple doesn’t provide a built-in feature to lock the Photos app with Face ID or Touch ID, fortunately, there are two straightforward solutions available: creating custom shortcuts or utilizing Screen Time. Here, we will guide you on how to lock the Photos app on your iPhone using these two methods.

Utilize Shortcuts to Lock the Gallery App on iPhone

The first method to lock the Photo app involves utilizing the built-in Shortcuts application to create custom iPhone shortcuts. For those who may not be familiar, this application can be used to craft various iPhone shortcuts that are handy for automating everyday tasks. If you can’t locate shortcuts on your iPhone, you can download it for free from the App Store.

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  • Go to the Automation tab from the bottom and tap New Automation.
  • In the Search field, type App and select from the search results.
  • On the next screen, tap Choose, select the Photos app, and tap Done.
  • Select Is Opened and Run Immediately. Leave Notify When Run toggled off. Tap Nex
  • Select New Blank Automation on the next screen and tap Add Action.
  • In the Search field, type Lock and select Lock Screen from the search results.
  • Tap Done to save your shortcut.

Now, every time you access the Photos app, the shortcut will run automatically in the background and fully lock your iPhone (and the Photos app). You can then unlock the device and access the Photos app using Face ID, Touch ID, or your Lock Screen passcode.

If you don’t already have a passcode, simply go to Settings > Face ID/Touch ID & Passcode > Enable Passcode and enter your preferred six-digit passcode.

To remove the shortcut lock, open the Automation tab in the Shortcuts app and swipe left on the automation. Then, tap Delete.

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