How do I set up Android™ App Locking?

The Covenant Eyes app for Android™ App Locking feature gives you the ability to lock down specific apps. It blocks the user of the device from opening and using certain apps.  If you are a parent, it’s recommended you enable App Locking for your kids. If you are the member, it’s best to have your Covenant Eyes ally enable App Locking for you.

Enabling App Locking

To enable App Locking, open the Covenant Eyes app and select “Settings.” On the next page, select “App Locking.”

You will be asked to create a 4-digit passcode. Type your code in twice, to verify it. This code is used to secure the App Lock settings, and keep the member from altering them. (If you forget the passcode, consult this section of the article.)

Once you have entered in the App Lock code you created, you will see a list of all the apps you are able to lock. Choose which app(s) you would like to lock by tapping the corresponding toggle switch. The unlocked icon will disappear, and a locked icon will appear on the right side of the toggle switch.

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Disabling App Locking

To completely turn off App Locking, open the Covenant Eyes app and select “App Locking.” Type in the 4-digit code you created when you enabled App Locking. Scroll to the bottom of the list and tap “Disable App Lock.”

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Locking Newly Installed Apps

If desired, check the box next to “Lock newly installed apps by default.” This means any app that is installed by the member will automatically be locked. With this setting checked, once a new app is installed, it will require the 4-digit App Lock code to open.

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Locking the Settings app and/or the Play Store

In some cases, it is desirable to lock these two items. Locking the Settings app provides one more safeguard for accountability. Locking the Play Store allows an ally (friend/parent/spouse) to decide which apps are on the phone. Open the Covenant Eyes app and select “Settings.” On the next page, select “App Locking.” Scroll down the list to find the Play Store or Settings. Tapping the toggle switch will change that item from being unlocked to being locked.

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Unlocking an App

To unlock an app for only one use, open the desired app and enter the 4-digit passcode you created when you enabled App Locking.

To unlock an app for unlimited use, then open the desired app, enter the 4-digit passcode, and check the box next to “Stop locking this app.”

Another way to unlock an app is to open to the Covenant Eyes app, select “Settings” and then “App Locking.” Type in your 4-digit passcode and the list will appear.

Find the locked app and tap its toggle switch. As confirmation, the locked icon will be replaced by an unlocked icon.

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Forgot Passcode?

If you see this screen, then you have two options:

  1. Wait two minutes and try again, or
  2. Uninstall the Covenant Eyes app for Android and know that your ally will be notified of the uninstall.

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The information below applies only to members using early versions of Internet Accountability.


DNS Settings

At this time, Covenant Eyes is not providing customizable filtering for Android.  Inside of App Lock Settings, at the bottom of the Apps List, Covenant Eyes allows you to set a custom DNS. There are many clean DNS providers but Covenant Eyes has established a partnership with CleanBrowsing. CleanBrowsing’s DNS service will block known pornographic domains by default for all Covenant Eyes’ members using our Internet Accountability service on an Android device.Any address entered into the DNS settings, whether you choose to continue to use CleanBrowsing or change to something like OpenDNS, is not the responsibility of Covenant Eyes.

  1. To change DNS Settings to something other than CleanBrowsing, scroll to the bottom of the Apps List inside of App Lock.
  2. Click “DNS Settings.”
  3. Enter the addresses your DNS server provides in both the Primary and Secondary boxes.
  4. Click “Save & Start Using.”
  5. Select “Save App Lock Settings.”


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