Kids these days, they don’t even touch their lunch without their favorite video playing on your smartphone. Even though I don’t have kids, I have seen my nephews doing that all the time. They can be stubborn and parents have no choice but to play their videos to entertain the tots. If kids just watch the videos silently while having food, it’s still OK.
But no! They have to touch the phone, press buttons and make things even worse for parents.
Well, that’s just one of the scenarios. Our kids challenge us every day with it comes to handling our smartphones. Give them an Android to have a video call with their grandpa, and they will show you the settings of your phone you didn’t even know existed.
But they are kids and that’s how they are going to behave. However, as a solution, today I am going to share two Android apps using which can lock the touchscreen of your phone, but at the same time keep your screen awake. This way, your kids will be able to enjoy videos and calls without access over the touch screen and even the hardware buttons like home and volume rockers. A win-win situation.
Touch Lock – Toddler Lock
Touch Lock – Toddler Lock app simply locks the control of your screen and hardware buttons when activated. Once you install the app, it will ask you to enable the accessibility settings and it’s necessary to gain control over the hardware navigation buttons if your phone has them. Configuring the app is pretty simple and the app will guide you step-by-step.
Once the app is configured, you will see a persistent notification in the notification drawer. To lock a screen on a particular app, open it up and activate the app from the notification.
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Touch Lock will give a small translucent bubble on the screen. To unlock, you just need to double tap on it. The number of taps to unlock the controls can be changed in the app settings and you can configure it to give as many as 4 taps to get the screen unlocked.
The app also provides a YouTube module where you can login using your Google credentials and access your playlists and favorite videos, but that’s purely optional. The app can unlock on any app and that includes the YouTube app itself.
UnTouch – Baby Touch Blocker
Next app you can try for the task is UnTouch – Baby Touch Blocker. The app is a bit advanced when compared to the previous one and unlocking the controls can be a bit complex. You also get the option to lock the screen orientation and volume.
The app also gives you the option to force screen on if the app you will use will not keep the screen awake all the time. The app also gives you to show visual touches, but I am not sure how helpful the feature can be. The app even has Tasker integration if you know how to use it in the first place.
So that was how you can lock screen interactions of your Android device along with the hardware buttons making it child-safe. The lock button is not locked using the app and that’s for security reasons if you need to force reboot the phone. Apart from that, both the apps are great to use.