So, to keep my personal information personal and my ringtone set to the one I like (and not what one of my children think is cute), I installed an app lock on my phone. There are several to choose from in the Google Playstore, and I chose AppLock by DoMobile Lab.
So far I’ve been pleased with the features and its ease of use. You’ll need a pin number to install the app, but after that what you apply a lock to is entirely up to you. It’s possible to lock individual apps, settings, even Wi-Fi, data and Bluetooth enabling. I went through all of the options and picked the areas I don’t want others either browsing or changing on my device: messages, email, settings and contacts. Now when I hand my device to one of my children I do not have to worry about them reading my messages, changing my ringtone, browsing my mail or any other inquisitive behavior on their part. I didn’t lock other apps such as my library books or magazines since it doesn’t matter to me if they read those. Now I can hand my device to someone and not have to worry about what they are doing while they have it.
One small drawback is having to enter the pin number I created to access any of the locked features every time I want to use one. When I want to send a text I have to enter the code again. For me this small inconvenience is far outweighed by the fact that I can keep my children out of my messages if they are using my device. So take a look in your app store, read some reviews, and see if an app lock may help you manage your device and your privacy.