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  • iOS 18 will let users lock individual apps on their phones.
  • The apps will not be visible even if the phone is unlocked.
  • Locked apps will be hidden in a separate folder and require authentication to access.

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2024 has kicked off, delivering a slew of exciting announcements, especially regarding the much-anticipated iOS 18. One of the big early announcements was the introduction of a long-requested feature: the ability to lock individual apps on the iPhone.

This new functionality will allow users to lock individual apps, including the built-in Apple apps and third-party apps. To access these locked apps, users will need to authenticate with Face ID, and the feature will also support Touch ID or a passcode. Additionally, users can hide apps they wish to keep discreet, which will not be visible in the app drawer and will only be accessible through authentication.