How to restrict permissions to others to use specific apps in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 with Apps Corner


Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 has brought a couple of new and exciting features to the Windows Phone platform in addition to the features added by Windows Phone 8.1. Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 1 now lets you create Live App Folders on your Start Screen and there is also an option to restrict others who are using your Windows Phone to get access to specific apps.

Microsoft has added an awesome feature in the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 which lets you restrict app access to your desired ones. This feature named Apps Corner can be useful when other people are using your Windows Phone device and you don’t want others to have access each and every app on your phone.

Apps Corner lets you select specified apps to be accessed when you turn it on your Windows Phone. You can also select different others things from your Windows Phone whether they can be accessed or not like the Settings apps, Notifications bar and you can also customize which buttons will work in Apps Corner.

Follow the instructions below to configure the Apps Corner in Windows Phone and give access to specified apps while your phone is in hands on other people.


  • First of all, go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Apps Corner’.

Note: You must be running Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 (GDR 1) to use the Apps Corner feature as it is not available for Windows Phone 8.1 or older versions.

  • Once your Apps Corner is open. Here tap ‘Apps’ in the middle.


  • You will be given a list of apps which you can select to give access from Apps Corner. Here select the apps you want to be available for other people while they use your phone. Press ‘Done (Check)’ button when done.


  • You will be taken back to the main screen of Apps Corner. Here you can configure additional options like access to ‘Action Center’ and ‘Settings’ by using the switches.


  • You can also configure advanced options by pressing the ‘advanced’ button where options to configure things like behavior of Camera button, search, Start and back are showed. You can toggle them on/off from the provided switches against each.


Tip: You can also add a password lock to your Windows Phone if, you are not using it, to make your phone more secure.

  • Once Configured, go back to the main page of Apps Corner. Press ‘Launch’ button to launch it or you can pin it to your Start Screen for quick access when you need it next time.

How Apps Corner work?

Once you turn on the Apps Corner, your phone blocks access to all apps and settings which you didn’t select from Apps Corner and just shows the app tiles which you selected in Apps Corner.


You can only use the apps which you selected and whose tile has been pinned to Start Screen by default in Apps Corner. The apps and other options you didn’t select from Apps Corner won’t be showed and they can’t be accessed as well unless you turn off the Apps Corner.

How to turn off the Apps Corner?

  • If you ever want to turn off the Apps Corner simply long press the unlock/power button on your Windows Phone device unless you see the Slide-to-shutdown option.


  • Here swipe right and you will return to your normal mode. Once to normal mode, you can swipe up on your lock screen to unlock your phone, like you would do normally.
  • That’s all! Now, you don’t have to worry about people using your personal apps.

You may visit our Tips & Tweaks section for more tips, tricks and tweaks about Windows Phone.


Ahmad Wahid

Being a University student of computer, has developed keen interest in technology and like to test out the new gadgets. His interests include Social Networking as well.