How do I set up App Locking on my Android™ device?

The Covenant Eyes Android™ app’s App Locking feature lets you block and lock apps from being opened or used. Select an option below to learn more about Covenant Eyes’ App Locking options:

Lock Inappropriate Apps


If you are a parent, we recommend enabling App Locking on your kids’ Android™ devices.

If you are a member, it’s best to have your Covenant Eyes ally enable App Locking for you.

Enable App Locking

In this section, we’ll walk you through turning on App Locking.

  1. Open the Covenant Eyes Android™ app. (If you can’t find the Covenant Eyes app on your device, view it in the Google Play Store™ and hit the “Open” button.)
  2. On our app menu, tap “Settings.”
  3. On the Settings screen, tap “App Locking.”
  4. On the Create a Passcode screen, choose and type in a 4-digit passcode. This code will protect the App Locking settings from the member/device owner. On the next screen, type the code in again to confirm.
  5. On the App Locking screen, you’ll see a list of all the apps on your device. To lock an app, move the app’s toggle switch to the right (the toggle switch will turn blue for locked apps).
  6. Once you’ve locked all desired apps, tap the arrow in the top left-hand corner, and your settings will automatically save.

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Lock and Unlock Apps

In this section, we’ll show you how to do the following:

Automatically lock newly installed apps by default

The Lock newly installed apps by default option in App Locking will automatically lock all new apps that the member downloads from the Google Play™ Store. The parent or ally can then look at the device and review the apps the member/child downloaded, decide between the apps, and, if desired, unlock the apps.

  1. Open the Covenant Eyes Android™ app.
  2. On our app menu, tap “Settings.”
  3. On the Settings screen, tap “App Locking.”
  4. On the Enter Passcode screen, type in the 4-digit passcode you created when you enabled App Locking.
  5. On the App Locking screen, check the box next to “Lock newly installed apps by default” to have all apps downloaded from the Google Play™ Store automatically locked.
  6. On the App Locking screen, tap the arrow in the top left-hand corner, and your settings will automatically save.

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Lock the Switch User feature

The Covenant Eyes Android™ app allows you to change what Covenant Eyes username you sign in with via the Switch User option! It may be helpful to lock the Switch User option if you don’t want the member to change what username they use to sign into Covenant Eyes.

  1. Open the Covenant Eyes Android™ app.
  2. On our app menu, tap “Settings.”
  3. On the Settings screen, tap “App Locking.”
  4. On the Enter Passcode screen, type in the 4-digit passcode you created when you enabled App Locking.
  5. On the App Locking screen, check the box next to the “Lock Switch User feature” to disable the member’s ability to switch usernames.
  6. On the App Locking screen, tap the arrow in the top left-hand corner, and your settings will automatically save.

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Lock the Settings app and the Google Play™ Store

In some cases, it is helpful to lock these two items for more robust accountability. If you lock the Settings app, it’s one more safeguard for accountability. If you lock the Google Play™ Store, an ally (friend/parent/spouse) can control/limit what apps the member or child downloads on the device.

  1. Open the Covenant Eyes Android™ app.
  2. On our app menu, tap “Settings.”
  3. On the Settings screen, tap “App Locking.”
  4. On the Enter Passcode screen, type in the 4-digit passcode you created when you enabled App Locking.
  5. On the App Locking screen, scroll down and find “Play Store” and “Settings.” Move the apps’ toggle switches to the right to lock both apps.
  6. On the App Locking screen, tap the arrow in the top left-hand corner, and your settings will automatically save.

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Lock the Google app

The Android device’s built-in Google search bar and the Podcasts app will also be locked if you lock the Google app. For this reason, some members may want to lock the Google app as an additional safeguard.

  1. Open the Covenant Eyes Android™ app.
  2. On our app menu, tap “Settings.”
  3. On the Settings screen, tap “App Locking.”
  4. On the Enter Passcode screen, type in the 4-digit passcode you created when you enabled App Locking.
  5. On the App Locking screen, scroll down until you find “Google.” To lock Google, move the app’s toggle switch to the right.
  6. On the App Locking screen, tap the arrow in the top left-hand corner, and your settings will automatically save.

Unlock an app for only one use

Open the desired app and enter the 4-digit passcode you created when you enabled App Locking. The app will unlock for one use.

Unlock an app completely

Open the desired app, enter the 4-digit passcode, and check the box next to “Stop locking this app.”

If you want to completely unlock multiple apps at once:

  1. Open the Covenant Eyes Android™ app.
  2. On our app menu, tap “Settings.”
  3. On the Settings screen, tap “App Locking.”

  4. On the Enter Passcode screen, type in the 4-digit passcode you created when you enabled App Locking.

  5. On the App Locking screen, you’ll see a list of all the apps on your device. To unlock app(s), move the app’s toggle switch to the left.
     
  6. Once you’ve locked all desired apps, tap the arrow in the top left-hand corner, and your settings will automatically save.

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Forgot or Change Passcode

In this section, we’ll go over these situations:

I forgot the passcode

  1. Tap the app you want to unlock.
  2. Guess what the passcode is and enter it.
  3. If you try too many times, you may see the following screen. You can wait the allotted time and try to guess the passcode again or uninstall the Covenant Eyes app (we will notify your ally via email), reinstall the Covenant Eyes app, and set up App Locking again with a new passcode.

I know the passcode, but I want to change it.

Unfortunately, you can’t change the passcode without disabling and re-enabling App Locking. You can disable App Locking (read on to learn how) and then re-enable it with a new passcode.

Disable App Locking

This section will show you how to turn off App Locking.

  1. Open the Covenant Eyes Android™ app.
  2. On our app menu, tap “Settings.”
  3. On the Settings screen, tap “App Locking.”
  4. On the Enter Passcode screen, type in the 4-digit passcode you created when you enabled App Locking.
  5. On the App Locking screen, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the apps list and tap “Disable App Lock.” The app will redirect you to the Settings menu, and then you can close Covenant Eyes.

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