How To Set Up An Android Application Lock Using Facial Recognition

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Facial recognition have been in use for some time now. You may have seen it on cop shows as they scan databases for a suspect using only a sketchy photo of their face. You may have also seen spy shows or movies where someone would need to scan their face to gain access to a secret facility.

Did you know that the same facial recognition technology has now come available for Android users? Yes, with a free app you too can deploy an Android application lock by using facial recognition to lock people out of your Android applications while giving you easy and quick access with just a quick scan of the face. We would like to take you on a walkthrough of this neat app so you can take advantage of facial recognition technology.


Visidon AppLock for Android is a free Android lock app that makes all of this facial recognition wonderment possible. Once you download and install it, the setup process only has four simple steps.

1. Choose applications to secure with facial recognition

Although it would be cool to use this application to lock the whole phone, unfortunately, that’s not possible.

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When you launch the application, you are given a whole list of your installed apps and all you have to do is to check the apps that you want to lock.

2. Set a bypass password

Just in case there is an issue with the facial recognition (maybe you grew a beard?) or if someone else needs to use your phone with your permission, you’ll need to set a password. In fact, once you go to the settings panel, a message pops up informing you that you need to set a bypass password.

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You probably ought to choose a more secure password than “kitten” though.

3. Train your face

This step sure sounds weird but what I mean by “train your face” is that you need to show the app what your face looks like so it can recognize it later. Just tap “Face recognition – Start training mode” and your front-facing camera will be enabled. If you only have the one camera on the back of your phone, I believe it will default to that one but you’ll quickly realize that it doesn’t make the process very simple. This app is most useful if you have a front-facing camera.

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The image came out blurry for this screenshot but the image on the app is a lot clearer.

4. Enable the locking service

Finally, you will need to enable the locking service. Notice that you can also enable the locking service upon booting your phone. This way a simple reboot won’t get a nefarious phone snooper into your precious apps.

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There are other settings worth checking out but this is at least a quick rundown of how to get it set up quickly and easily.

So that’s how you can go about setting up an Android application lock by using facial recognition. Isn’t it amazing how the technology found only on television and in the movies sometimes eventually makes itself into our little hands?  Now, the same tech protecting ultra-secure facilities seen on the boob tube, facial recognition, can be employed easily (and free) on the phone you hold in your own pocket!

About author
Tim is a 30 something year old kid at heart. He has been working on and at computers ever since high school. He enjoys finding new and interesting sites that are useful to the every day person. He has been helping and training people on tech-related issues for years and doesn't see himself stopping any day soon. He writes at his own blog Timmyjohnboy.com.
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