Here we go again: you lent your iPhone to a friend for a few minutes and he didn’t miss the chance to poke your nose into your Instagram account. If you want a hint, to prevent this from happening again, set up a nice security system for accessing the app – I’m sure this will solve it.
How do you say? Have you already thought about it and, in this regard, would you like to understand if it is possible to preserve access to Instagram via Face ID ? Well, the answer is… no! Let me explain: the official app of the well-known photographic social network (unlike WhatsApp, for example) does not provide direct support for Face ID, but by acting from the operating system settings, it is still possible to block unauthorized access to the application. And I’ll tell you more: it is possible to do this not only on the iPhone, but also on some Android-based devices.
How? Read on and you will find out! Position yourself comfortably, take your smartphone and start putting into practice the instructions on how to put the Face ID on Instagram that you find right below. I am sure that, in the end, you will be able to say that you are very happy and satisfied with the results obtained. How about we bet?
Before getting into the heart of the tutorial, going to illustrate how to put the Face ID on Instagram , it is my duty to provide you with some preliminary information about it.
First, please note that Face ID is an unlocking method via face recognition developed by Apple and introduced to the market with the launch of the iPhone X. It was then implemented in subsequent high-end iPhone models and iPad Pro and, in addition to unlocking the device, it allows you to authorize the execution of certain operations without having to type the unlock code.
Face ID support was then also implemented in some applications, such as WhatsApp, in order to prevent access to them by unauthorized subjects.
Well, as mentioned in the opening of the post, at the moment Instagram does not offer direct support to Face ID , however it is possible to protect access to the app with a code through a special iOS function, which allows you to regulate access to applications and block it after a certain time of use. Sure, it’s not quite like unlocking access to the app directly with facial recognition, but it’s still a good alternative.
Lo unlocking by recognizing Instagram and other apps is instead available on some Android devices, although in this case it is not correct to speak of “Face ID”, as it is Apple’s proprietary technology, different from that implemented on green robot device. Is everything clear so far? Well, let’s move on.
How to put the Face ID on Instagram
Having made the necessary clarifications above, I would say that we can finally take action and find out how to put the Face ID on Instagram. You will find everything explained in detail below.
If you have an iPhone, as I told you, putting the Face ID on Instagram is not possible. However, you can consider using an alternative function included in the operating system of the Apple smartphone: Usage time .
If you have never heard of it, I inform you that it is a function thanks to which you can monitor and limit the time of use of the app based on the respective categories of belonging. Using it, therefore, you can limit daily access to Instagram by blocking the app with a code after a certain number of hours and / or minutes of use, even on specific days of the week.
To configure Screen Time with Instagram, grab your iPhone, unlock it, access the home screen and tap the icon Settings (the one in the shape of a gear wheel ). In the screen that you now see, touch the words Usage time , select the option Use “Usage time” code and set the four-digit code you want to use to block access to Instagram.
After completing the above steps, tap on App limitations , touch Add usage limitation and enter the code set previously. In the new screen displayed, tap on the arrow that you find corresponding to the Social category to expand the latter, select Instagram from the proposed list and touch the Next item at the top right.
At this point, you can proceed by setting the limit of use of the application, indicating hours and / or minutes via the appropriate menu (the minimum is 0 hours and 1 minute). If you also want to define the days of the week in which to block access to the app, tap on the Customize days item that appears below and intervene on the available options. To confirm and apply the changes, tap on the Add item located at the top of the screen.
Starting from this moment, every time the Instagram app will be opened, once the number of hours and / or minutes defined (in the days indicated) has elapsed, the block will be enabled. When this occurs, a special notice will appear on the iPhone screen indicating this. To close it, simply press the OK button.
From time to time, I point out that it will be possible to extend one minute to use the application, by touching the Request more time button shown when starting the application. After this time, the app will be locked again and cannot be used until the correct unlock code is entered.
When and if you deem it appropriate, you can disable the Instagram block through Usage Time, by going back to the Settings> Usage Time> App Limits section of iOS, selecting the Instagram item , by typing the code set previously, choosing the Delete limitation option at the bottom and touching Delete limitation that you find in the menu that appears.
Do you own an Android device? Then you may be able to block access to Instagram (and other apps) via facial recognition using a default feature of the device. I say you could, since the function in question is not available on all devices with a face unlock system. For example, I have a P40 from Huawei and this feature is included.
To also check if your smartphone offers such a feature, take it, unlock it, access the home screen and / or the drawer and select the Settings icon (the one with the wheel ‘gear ).
In the next screen, go to the section Biometric data and password (I indicate you the items present in my Huawei smartphone, but on yours may be slightly different), then on Face recognition , enter the unlock code of the device (or configure it, if not had it set yet), press on the item to configure face recognition and follow the instructions on the screen (you have to let yourself be framed by the front camera of the phone for a few seconds).
After completing the above steps, choose to use face recognition to unlock the device and to access the app lock (by activating the relative levers and confirming) and add Instagram to the list of applications to be protected with facial recognition, by going to the Settings> Security> App Lock menu of the device and moving to ON the lever relating to Instagram .
From now on, every time you start Instagram, to access the application you will have to let your smartphone recognize your face. The unlock will be active until you turn off the screen of the device, then to block access to Instagram again you will have to turn off the phone display.
If you have to think again, you can disable the app lock by returning to the Settings> Security> App Lock menu and moving the lever relating to Instagram to OFF >.
If your Android smartphone, while supporting facial recognition, does not offer a function to block access to apps via this lastly, you could remedy this by turning to some third-party apps , used for this purpose. Personally, however, I do not recommend you to use them.
In fact it is always good to avoid third-party solutions when it comes to “delicate” functions such as blocking of apps, as they could hide potential privacy risks and, by remaining active in the background, often end up weighing down the general functioning of the device.
Salvatore Aranzulla is the most widely read blogger and IT popularizer in Italy. He is known for discovering vulnerabilities in Google and
Microsoft. He collaborates with computer magazines and edited the technological column of the newspaper Il Messaggero. He is the founder of Aranzulla.it, one of the
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