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 password)?

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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, 2011 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.

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.

  • This is the essentially the same as GAThrawn's and it fails exactly the same way Apr 8, 2012 at 5:39
  • @Shahar Not exactly same.. I've targeted Package Installer. Can you tell me how exactly it fails?
    – iOS
    Apr 8, 2012 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!
    – iOS
    Apr 8, 2012 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. Apr 9, 2012 at 8:21
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    @DarrenCook Go to Device Administrators from Settings ~> Security..
    – iOS
    Dec 20, 2013 at 7:03

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.

  • 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. Sep 12, 2011 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, 2011 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. Sep 15, 2011 at 5:29

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