How to Password Protect and Disable Wifi on an Android Phone or Tablet

The response to our tutorial on how to password protect and disable the wifi Internet access on an iPod Touch or iPad (or iPhone, for that matter) has been amazing. So many people want to be able to completely disable Internet access on these smart devices so that they can let their children use them without worry that they will get into something online that they shouldn’t. So here is our tutorial on how to disable wifi (with password protection) on an Android phone or tablet.

On an Android phone, because it has an open operating system, it’s much easier to password protect and otherwise disable the wifi Internet access.

For an Android phone or other device, all you have to do is go to the Android market, and download the app called “Smart App Protector”.

Smart App Protector is a program that does the same thing as Locktopus does in our how to password protect and disable wifi on an iPod Touch article: it makes it so that you can password protect any application. In this case, the ‘application’ is “settings”.

It’s very simple to set up, and at only $1.50 for being able to disable wifi on your Android device, it’s a heck of a bargain!

Here’s a screenshot of it password protecting the messaging application:


You can download Smart App Protector by searching for it in the Android market, or you can go to the Smart App Protector page here.


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4 Replies to “How to Password Protect and Disable Wifi on an Android Phone or Tablet”

  1. This did work at the time this article was first posted – it’s possible that due to updates to Android you will need an additional app to remove the status bar. That said, every vendor has their own proprietary overlay or platform for their Android devices, so it’s also possible that it will work for some devices but need an extra app to hide the status bar for others.

  2. Shlomy is right. I have an android phone. I tried this. I can still turn wifi on through the bar at the top of the home screen.

  3. But If You Disabled the app that called Settings. You Can Turn On Wifi threw the Bar ?

  4. I seriously almost cried when i saw this because i have been searching and searching for this. Thank you sooooooo incredibly much for putting your time into this. I am so greatful.

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