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. Owlfiles File Manager 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.

Owlfiles File Manager app

Unlike Notes app which locks individual notes one by one and attached photos can be locked at the same time. Owlfiles app uses the app lock or password to prevent unauthorized access to this app and all files saved in it.

Basically you have to firstly enable password protection from the Settings of the file manager so the password is required each time you open the app. Then go to create folders, create, import or move any files you like to protect, like photos, videos, movies, notes, contacts, login credentials in the Owlfiles app.

Step 1. Enable password lock in Owlfiles on iPhone

We will need to firstly enable the app password. Run the file manager app on your iPhone. Tap More menu at the bottom.

owlfiles file manager more menu on iphone

Select Settings > Set Password.

owlfiles file manager settings on iphone

You will then be able to set a password to protect the app and any data inside.

owlfiles file manager password settings on iphone
  • Touch the On/Off toggle besides Enable Password to turn on password protection;
  • Type in the same password in both Password and Confirm Password fields;
  • Enable Touch ID so you can unlock the file manager app and all files locked in it with your iPhone Touch ID or disable it so one can only open it with the password you have set above;
  • Create 2 questions and answers for password recovery.

Once you finished the password settings above, tap on Save button at the top right corner to save the change.

Step 2. Create secure folder and protect files

In Owlfiles file manager, switch to My Files tab from the bottom. Owlfiles (On My iPhone) is the secure folder where you can save those private files, secret documents. You can open it to create sub-folders for different file types, such as photos, videos, movies, contacts, documents, for easier management. You can also move existing folders or files to this Owlfiles folder or any sub-directories to keep the folder and all files beneath locked.

owlfiles file manager access and manage my files on iphone

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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