How to Password Protect Your App

Posted on 27. August 2023 by Jan Bunk

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If you’re looking for a way to request the user’s device password (or fingerprint/Face ID) please check out our guide on local authentication.

Over the many years that we have been converting websites into apps, occasionally the need for password-protecting an app has come up. With password-protection I don’t mean your typical login feature that you have on your website (that will of course work out of the box in your app), but rather a password that needs to be entered before the app can be used. This password is the same for everyone, so the most common use cases for this feature are the following:

  • Private apps intended for a specific group of people, for example employees of your company

  • New apps that you want to test with a wider group of people before making them accessible for everyone (for testing with a limited group of people, you can share the Android APK or use TestFlight)

You can enable a password for your app in your dashboard. Since this feature is only included in the enterprise plan, you might not be able to access that page until you upgrade your plan. So here’s a screenshot of the password settings:

A screenshot of the settings you can adjust for the password feature.

As you can see it’s very simple - tick the checkbox, enter your desired password and you’re done. Now let’s see how it will look when someone opens the app.

A screenshot of the app showing the password screen where the password needs to be entered.

When viewed in your app, this screen will of course use the colors you configured and your app’s icon, not the logo.

There’s not much more to say about the password protection aside from mentioning these convenience features:

  • You can change or disable the password at any time, without having to update the app through the app stores.
  • The app remembers the password after it has been entered correctly, so it only needs to be entered once (on the first app start). If you change the password, the saved password won’t be correct anymore, so the user needs to enter the new password.

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Hi, I'm Jan! I created in 2019 while studying computer science in university. A lot has changed since then - not only have I graduated, but it's also no longer just me running We've grown to a global, fully remote team and have gathered lots of experience around app development and app publishing. We've created and published hundreds of apps in the app stores, where they've been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times.