How to Restrict Apps on Android

Joel Mason

Android, Tutorials

Are you tired of your kids or other users accessing certain apps on your Android device? Fortunately, Android provides a built-in feature that allows you to restrict access to specific apps. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to restrict apps on Android and regain control over your device.

Step 1: Open the Settings Menu

To begin, unlock your Android device and navigate to the home screen. Locate and tap on the Settings app, which is usually represented by a gear icon. This will open the settings menu.

Step 2: Find and Select ‘Apps’ or ‘Applications’

Scroll down until you find either the Apps or Applications option in the settings menu. Tap on it to proceed.

Step 3: Select the App You Want to Restrict

In this section, you will see a list of all the installed apps on your Android device. Scroll through the list and find the app that you want to restrict access to. Tap on it to open its settings page.


If you are unsure which app you want to restrict, make sure to take note of its name before proceeding with this tutorial.

Step 4: Open App Info

In the app’s settings page, look for an option called App Info, i, or an icon with an ‘i’ inside a circle. This option provides more detailed information about the app and allows you to manage its permissions and restrictions.

Step 5: Enable App Restrictions

In the app’s info page, scroll down until you find the section labeled Advanced or App Restrictions.

Step 6: Set App Restrictions

In this section, you will find various options to restrict access to the app. Depending on your Android device and software version, the available options may vary. Some common restrictions include:

  • Disable App: This option completely disables the app and hides it from the home screen and app drawer.
  • Password Protection: This option allows you to set a password or PIN code that users must enter before they can access the app.
  • Time Limits: This option enables you to set specific time limits for using the app. Once the time limit is reached, the app will be locked.

Select the desired restriction option(s) based on your preference and needs. If necessary, follow any additional prompts or instructions provided by your device to finalize the settings.


You have successfully restricted an app on your Android device. Repeat these steps for any other apps you wish to restrict access to. Remember that these settings can be modified or removed at any time if needed.

Note: Keep in mind that some built-in system apps or essential services may not allow complete restriction or disabling due to their critical nature for proper functioning of your Android device.

By following these simple steps, you can now have better control over which apps are accessible on your Android device. Whether you want to restrict apps for yourself or for others, this feature provides a convenient way of managing app access based on your preferences.

We hope you found this tutorial helpful! If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to us.

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