Lock files and documents with password, Touch ID, Face ID on iPhone using FileExplorer

To protect our data on the phone, almost all iPhone users will set a screen lock passcode or touch ID. This is the first security layer of data protection on iPhone. However any single defense may be flawed. To better protect those private files, documents on iPhone, you should employ different defenses or add extra layer of security. This security strategy is widely used to protect our accounts online. Our email accounts, cloud hosting accounts, and more are all protected with a two-step verification. On Apple App Store, do a search you can find all kinds of security apps of different niches, Private Photo Vault, Secret Folder App Lock, Folder Lock, Secret Vault, Fake Calculator, Fingerprint Login, Photo Safe Vault and many more.

Since iOS 11, you can find the Files app that allows us to keep all files in one convenient place on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It is very basic. Lots of practical features are missing. Private file protection is one of the most important features. FileExplorer is one of the must-have apps for all iOS users. It is well-known as a file manager app for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch. In fact, it has greatly broaden the range of possibilities as a file explorer or manager app. In this brief guide, we will show you how to setup the app password to lock your private files and folders on iPhone. Get this iPhone file manager app here before we proceed.

How to enable password lock on iPhone using FileExplorer?

We will use the file explorer app on an iPhone in the demo. Thus you may find slight difference in appearance if you are on an iPad. We will need to firstly enable the app password. Run the file manager app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap Settings at the bottom, select Enable Password, you will then be able to set a password to protect any sensitive data on the phone.

fileexplorer app password settings on iphone

Set a password lock

Type in the same password in the Password and Confirm Password fields. You can use a different password from your screen lock password to improve the security.

Set password recovery questions

Create 2 questions and answers for password recovery.

Customize password protection

You can turn on Lock Immediately, turn off Touch ID, disable access from the stock Files app for higher security level. Switch Touch ID to on, or Face ID if you are using iPhone X, so you can use a fingerprint or your face for faster and more convenient unlocking.

How to protect private photos and videos using FileExplorer?

From the home screen of the file explorer, go to Photo Library to select and copy photos and videos saved on your iPhone, paste them to the Local directory of the FileExplorer app. After that go to delete the original photos and videos from your Camera Roll.

The file manager app has the built-in media player to directly open and play most image and video file formats as following.

  • Photos supported: JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, CR2, NEF, ARW, DNG, etc.
  • Videos supported: MOV, MP4, AVI, XVID, MKV, RMVB, WMV, FLV, etc.

Protect voice memos, PDF, scanned documents, Office and more

Except the camera photos, videos, there may many other file types on iPhone you may like to lock with a password. You can use the Share feature which can be found in many iOS app to copy various files, such as your voice memos, sound recordings, PDF documents, scanned documents, Doc, Docx, workbook, spreadsheet, PPT presentations and many others from Voice Memos, iBooks, Notes, Word, Excel, Numbers, PowerPoint, Keynote and more to the above file explorer and security lock app.

The file manager app has the built-in support to a wide range of file formats as following.

More file formats supported:

  • Music: MP3, AAC, AIFF, WAV, FLAC, APE, etc.
  • Music Playlist: CUE, M3U.

Transfer files from Mac, Windows, Linux, NAS, WebDAV, FTP, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box

This file manager has excellent support for file transfer under various scenarios. You can use it to copy files among network shares, cloud storage, iPhone and iPad. You can connect your Mac, Windows, Linux, NAS, WebDAV, FTP, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box to download and add files to the file explorer app on iPhone and protect them with the password.

Here are some guides about file transfer from other devices:

2 thoughts on “Lock files and documents with password, Touch ID, Face ID on iPhone using FileExplorer”

  1. You can’t copy a pic then paste it into FE. There is no option to paste. So the protection part of the app doesn’t work. What the app does do is pull all your pics from Photos and if you attempted to pick and choose what stays in the app, the app will delete everything from all your devices. This means the moment you lose the app you lose everything.

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