The applock is perhaps the most rudimentary of security apps. The way it works is that it will lock up your other apps from prying eyes. That way you don’t have to worry about someone accessing your Facebook, gallery app, or banking app. They work best when paired with a lock screen lock to give you two layers of security. Which ones are worth getting? We’ll help you out with the best applocks and privacy lock apps for Android!

It’s important to note that this is not an end-all-be-all solution for security. It’s good for kids or snoopy friends. However, these provide very little real security for things like stolen phones or even against your more tech savvy friends. It’s an extra security measure and applocks don’t provide enough security to replace existing tools like biometric lock screens.

The best applocks for Android

Apex Launcher

Apex Launcher is an excellent launcher and it just so happens to have an applock function. The launcher features are pretty good and include various customizations, icon pack support, various effects, and you can hide elements like the status bar or the dock if you want them invisible. There are also some app security features as well, including the ability to hide apps from the app drawer and an applock function with a password protect layer for extra security. It’s always a little better if it’s baked into the launcher than from a dedicated app, so if you don’t mind re-doing your home screens, this one and Smart Launcher 5 (listed below) are good alternatives to dedicated applock apps.

Applock by DoMobile Lab

Applock by DoMobile Lab is definitely one of the best applocks out there. The app can do the basics like locking up specific apps. It can also lock up specific images and videos. It also includes uninstall protection, fingerprint support, and you can even lock stuff like incoming calls, uninstalling apps, and your various system functions like Bluetooth. The app is free to download and use. You can unlock the premium features either by enabling ads or paying for the premium version via a donation. It’s a strong app and one of our favorites.

AppLock by IvyMobile

AppLock is another one of the better applocks on Android. Like you’ll see, it can lock pretty much any app on your phone. It also boasts the ability to lock photos and videos. The app features an invisible pattern lock as well as a random keyboard just in case someone is trying to peep over your shoulder. You’ll also get theming, the ability to replace the icon so you can hide the app, lock frequency, and more. It’ll even take a picture of people who don’t put the password in right. It’s completely free to download and use. That’s another good perk for this one.

AppLocker by BGNmobi

AppLocker by BGNmobi is a decent overall app lock app. It does most of the same stuff as other applock apps. That includes locking up apps and giving you various ways to access them. You get fingerprint support as well as pattern unlock and a password unlock. It also comes with some customization options and it can prevent other users from uninstalling apps. It won’t dazzle you with a ton of extra or unnecessary features. It’s just a simple app lock that does its job fairly well and it’s also cheap. You can use this for free if you subscribe to Google Play Pass as well.

Smart AppLock

Smart AppLock is another decent free applock option. It’ll lock up your apps and photos, including your settings, toggles, and phone app (for phone logs) to keep all of those safe. It disguises itself as a lock screen. That way people think they’re back there all over again. Along with that, it provides auto-start upon reboot, break-in alerts, delayed app locking, and it has fingerprint scanner capabilities for Samsung devices. It’s a free option that is supported by advertising. The only downside is that it’s pretty easy to uninstall once someone figures out that it’s there.