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My kids love playing with my android. However, they don't always understand what they are doing, and occasionally I find that they have deleted some of my apps (strangely, never the ones they play :) ).

Is there any app that can make uninstall more difficult, or make access to the apps menu more difficult (e.g. require a PW)?

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I think that your question is covering the same ground as this previous one about locking the Application Settings menu android.stackexchange.com/questions/7117/… if you want something more general to lock certain apps, see my answer below –  GAThrawn Sep 12 '11 at 12:37
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Install Smart App Protector with its helper app (for enhanced reliability). Make sure to make it device administrator. Then, lock Package Installer and Play Store using it (lock down other market apps too). With one tap, the app can lock all apps which could uninstall it. The app facilitates this for its own security, but its solution of your question.

And, I can bet... after that your kids can't uninstall an app without developer level expertise.

Update:
After your comment, looks like your app launcher is capable of uninstalling apps directly like Play Store. So, lock your Launcher too. From your screenshot, its Samsung TouchWhiz launcher having package name tw.launcher. Lock this package with Smart App Protector. But, it'd lock your app drawer too.
If you don't want to lock your app drawer, best way is to switch your Home Launcher app & lock Package Installer, Play Store etc. Done!
Alternate launcher apps have more features as well as memory efficiency. So, its better in all other aspects. If you don't want to spend money, I'd recommend you Go Launcher EX. If you can spend money for this, I'd recommend you ADW Launcher EX.

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This is the essentially the same as GAThrawn's and it fails exactly the same way –  Shahar Apr 8 '12 at 5:39
    
@Shahar Not exactly same.. I've targeted Package Installer. Can you tell me how exactly it fails? –  Sachin Shekhar Apr 8 '12 at 5:40
    
Looks like you are saying it without trying.. One thing, I want to clear: As long as your device is open for installation, you can't disable uninstallation natively. Locking is the only way! –  Sachin Shekhar Apr 8 '12 at 5:44
    
I don't know what it looks like. I installed your app, locked the Package Installer and Play Store. Then I went to the menu and deleted applications with nothing stopping me from doing it. –  Shahar Apr 9 '12 at 8:21
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@DarrenCook Go to Device Administrators from Settings ~> Security.. –  Sachin Shekhar Dec 20 '13 at 7:03
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Well, the best option to this is to use an app called Zoodle Kid Mode. This is available in the android market and is free of cost. The app has ability to run your phone in kid mode. While in kid mode, the kids wont be able to make calls, browse internet, uninstall apps and anything which can harm your phone. You can use the following link to take a look at it: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.zoodles.kidmode

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This is very much not what I want. I don't need a sandbox for my kids, and I certainly don't want to register them on the web. –  Shahar Sep 15 '11 at 5:31
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There are quite a few apps in the Market which will lock certain apps behind a password, a search in the Market for "applock" should find most of them.

I haven't actually used any, so can't give you a recommendation, but these should allow you to lock the Market and Settings apps behind a PIN number, to keep your kids out of them.

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From what I can see, the applock apps prevent unauthorized running of the applications. This is not what I'm looking for. I want to prevent my kids from uninstalling applications, not running them. –  Shahar Sep 12 '11 at 13:15
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@Shahar if you set the app to lock the Market app and the Settings app, then your kids shouldn't be able to uninstall any apps, no need to lock anything else if you don't want to. –  GAThrawn Sep 12 '11 at 13:37
    
I tried a couple of these apps, but even after locking the Market and Settings apps, I was able to both enter the menu and uninstall applications, with no lock screen shown in the process. –  Shahar Sep 15 '11 at 5:29
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