How do I set up Android™ App Locking?

The Covenant Eyes app for Android™ App Locking feature allows you to block and lock apps from being opened/used. If you are a parent, it’s recommended you enable App Locking for your kids. If you are a member, it’s best to have your Covenant Eyes ally enable App Locking for you.


Enable App Locking

Watch this video tutorial or follow the steps down below to enable App Locking:

Enable 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 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.
  6. Once you’ve locked all desired apps, tap the arrow in the top left-hand corner and your settings will automatically be saved.

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Lock Newly Installed Apps

The “Lock newly installed apps by default” setting in App Locking will automatically lock all apps downloaded from the Google Play™ Store. The parent/ally can then look at the device and review the apps the member/child downloaded, and make a decision about the apps, and if desired, unlock and allow 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 be saved.

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Lock the Settings app and/or the Google Play™ Store

In some cases, it is helpful to lock these two items for stronger 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 are downloaded 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 until you find “Play Store” and “Settings.” To lock both apps, move the apps’ 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 be saved.

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Lock the Google app

If you lock the Google app, the Android device’s built-in Google search bar and the Podcasts app will also be locked. 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 be saved.

Unlock an App

With App Locking, you can choose to unlock an app for only one use or unlock an app indefinitely:

Unlock an App for Only One Use

Open the desired app and enter the 4-digit passcode you created when you enabled App Locking.

Unlock an App Indefinitely

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

If you want to indefinitely 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 be saved.

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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 (your ally will be notified via email), reinstall the Covenant Eyes app, and then set up App Locking again with a new passcode.

Disable 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.”

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