How to securely lock your Android apps and add fake crash reports

Why is it necessary for you to lock your Android apps? Well, the answer is simple. You can’t always predict the future. Who knows? What if your device gets stolen? What if you lose your phone? What if your friend wants to borrow your tablet? Therefore, it would be best to take the necessary action. After all, you will lose nothing if you opt to securely lock your Android applications. RELATED:4 Products for Securing and Tracking Your Smartphone

In this post, you will not only learn how to lock your apps. You will also learn how to trick others into thinking that your app doesn’t work. You can do this by adding a simple fake crash report. So if you’re all set, better read on.

Step 1

On your Android device, go to Google Play Store and search for an app called “ZDlock”. Download and install this app on your Android tablet or smartphone.

Step 2

Launch the app from your device. You will then be prompted to configure a master password. Your master password must consist of four digits from 1 to 0. Once you’ve set and confirmed your password, you will be immediately taken to the app’s home screen and there, you’ll see your list of “locked” and “unlocked” apps.

Step 3

To lock an app, just tap it lightly and it will be automatically locked. You can lock as many apps as you like, including your system apps (ex. gallery, settings, contacts, etc.)

Step 4

Now, if you want to add a fake crash report to your locked apps. The first thing that you need to do is to go to its “Settings” (just tap the three dots icon next to the t-shirt) then tap “Fake Cover”. After which, you can view the quick tutorial. Click the “I knew” button to confirm.

Once enabled, just go to your locked apps. Choose any app from the list then lightly swipe its tile to the left. You’ll then see a chameleon icon next to the lock. This simply means that you’ve successfully added a fake crash report (aka fake cover). Just swipe the tile to the left again to remove the fake cover.
To unlock an app with fake crash report, just long press the “OK” button in the fake crash dialogue.

Step 5

To unlock an app, simply go back to your list of “locked” apps. Choose the app that you want to unlock. Tap it lightly and it will be immediately unlocked. It’s as easy as that.
Do take note that once your app is locked, you won’t be able to open it unless you enter the correct password. The password is your master password so never share it to anyone.


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