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We all have apps that we would prefer to keep prying eyes away from - SMS, Email, Facebook, banking applications... the list goes on and on. You can always lock your entire phone down with a pin, password, or pattern lockscreen, but it gets tedious and annoying to have to unlock each time you want to quickly check something.

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Enter Ultimate App Guard, a new app that lets you lock down specific applications. The app features seven different unlocking methods, including PIN, password, pattern, force close, dialer, error message, and image screen. You can customize the interface, including the lockscreens, schedule specific apps to only be locked at specific times of the day or week, and organize lock-able apps into profiles. There is also a widget that allows you to quickly enable or disable app-locking.

There is a free version that offers basic locking options, and the full version of the app will set you back $1.34. If you're looking for some added privacy on your phone, hit the links below to download.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • ocdtrekkie

    How do you unlock something with a force close? o.O

    Also, as I see no mention, it seems they managed to do this without requiring root? Impressive.

  • SK

    Why does a paid locking App need internet access? I would think the "send pin to email if you forget" option should be possible with just "can send email" permission.

  • http://anttek.com Bao Le

    Hello, I'm the developer of Ultimate App Guard.

    @ocdtrekkie: you don't need root to do force close. to unlock, tape on text message (and not the button) N times (N=3 by default)

    @SK: Android does not provide "send email permission"

    • ocdtrekkie

      Actually those were two separate comments. Thanks for the explanation of force close. The latter comment was just saying I was impressed you managed to create an app like that without root. :)

    • SK

      I found some bugs and have some feedback. Will report them over email in the next few days.

      Some translation errors: It should be "Inactive" not "Unactive".

      • http://anttek.com Bao Le

        Surely. Please drop an email to support@anttek.com

        Thanks so much

        • SK

          No problem. All the other locking apps are shitty either in the UI, or flexibility or being able to go around it. I have emailed all the those devs and they all promise to add those features or fixes but never deliver.

          Your apps is almost perfect, except for some of the ways to work around and some feature requests that I emailed you about. So, I'm hoping you would be different from the other devs and actually fix and implement the requests. I'm a programmer, but too busy to write such apps. I'm surprised no dev has written an app to capture this need. You are pretty close, please finish it up and make it perfect.

          The free app already has all the UI/features I need (I like PIN locking), but if you finally get the app to where it's perfect (for my needs), I will pay the pro app just to appreciate your dedication even though I won't need it.

          Thanks

  • TheTrix

    @developer out of curiosity is it possible to completely hide an app? as if its not there?

  • rak

    The link for the Ultimate App Guard Pro is incorrect

  • http://anttek.com Bao Le

    @TheTrix: I will release soon a no-icon version soon (nothing can be seen in the launcher). For that, you should dial a pre-defined number to open itself. Further, you can use widget to quickly turn on/off the locker.

  • http://anttek.com Bao Le

    @rak I hope the author of the article will fix the incorrect link soon

  • Randy

    I use ZDbox to do this and more.

  • Carl

    I installed this app... Made a mistake I guess in the setup and clicked OK on the last page of the setup. Didn't get to read it. Now, I can't open anything, it's all locked. AND, I can't click on Email PIN, because I can't access the settings anymore.

    Not really app-happy !!

    • http://anttek.com Bao Le

      In which step you think that you did such mistake?

      • Carl

        Right after the application scan. BUT, I was able to counter the application with a task killer. It killed the app just long enough for me to access any settings and uninstall it. Therefore, it might not be bulletproof ?!

        • http://anttek.com Bao Le

          Hi Carl,

          This problem happened to all available App Locker/App Guard/Privacy App existent on Market.
          For us, we just rolled out a solution for Task Killer or unisntall app from modern Launcher. What you do is update the latest version and download tiny app named "App Guard Helper" from Market (https://market.android.com/details?id=com.anttek.appguardrecovery) then restart your phone in order to take effect.

  • Tara Singh

    The Slide to deactivate is not working. touching the icon in front of profile is working for this purpose. Can you check the slide to deactivate part too.

    • http://anttek.com Bao Le

      We add an option to disable sliding mode in the latest version. Now you can tap a button to actuvate/deactivate UAG