Lock apps on Xiaomi & Redmi phones

Xiaomi has very large user base from both domestic and international markets. Xiaomi has the specs you would expect from a high-end phone and its MIUI system provides many useful features you may desire. Some of the features can’t even be found on other cutting-edge smart phones. App lock is a perfect example. This feature has been integrated into the MIUI for many years. While with its rivals, users may still need to download and use a third-party security app if they want to lock down certain apps or hide private data on the phone. How to use App Lock feature on Xiaomi and Redmi mobile phone? We’ll discuss it below. Also do not forget to check out the important tips about the stock app locker at the bottom of this article.

How to lock apps with a PIN or pattern on Xiaomi phone?

You may have saved sensitive data on the phone that you do not want others know, such as your chat history, call history, payment or transaction details. If you do not want people to see them when your friends, kids, coworkers are using your phone, or when you want to add another layer of security to the screen locker, you can set up the app lock to lock any apps on the phone with a PIN, passcode or pattern. The process may differ slightly across various MIUI versions. In MIUI 8, you can follow these easy steps.

Unlock your Xiaomi or Redmi phone. Tap Settings, scroll down to the Device section at the bottom, you should then find the App lock entry.

xiaomi redmi settings - app lock

Tap on it, you’ll see the unlock screen if you have turned on app lock before. Otherwise, you will see a list of all apps on the phone. See below screenshot.

xiaomi redmi app lock to add lock to apps

Touch to select any apps you want to protect, then tap the Add lock button. You will be prompted to draw or create a pattern. Connect at least 4 dots to create a pattern, then repeat the process to confirm. After that, each time anyone tries to open a locked app on your Xiaomi or Redmi phone, he or she will firstly have to unlock the app using the lock pattern.

How to lock photos and videos on Xiaomi & Redmi phone?

You can lock the Gallery app and Explorer app on Xiaomi or Redmi phone so as to lock out others from accessing your photos, videos and movies on the phone.

App locker important tips

  • Currently the App lock feature on MIUI 8 does not support password, PIN or touch ID. You can only lock apps with a pattern.
  • Also we have not found a pattern recovery option with the stock app lock on Xiaomi & Redmi phone at this moment. This would be a welcome feature to add in future upgrade. If you do not want to be locked out when you forgot the lock pattern, you can download and use this free app to lock apps, photos, videos on Android phone. It also works with Samsung, HTC, LG, Moto, Lenovo, Nexus, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE and many other Android powered devices. This app is free to download from Google Play and several other Android markets.