Sharing your phone with some, even for just a split-second is never a comfortable feeling. You don’t know whether they’ll snoop around your messages or poke around your image gallery. Google has taken up the responsibility to help you keep your phone data private even when you hand over your phone to someone, with screen pinning on Android.
Whether you’re handing over the phone to your kid to keep them amused or want to show someone a picture on your phone, you can use screen pinning to lock your display. The screen pinning feature was introduced with Android 5.0 Lollipop, and you can find it in the latest versions as well.
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Open the app drawer on your phone, access the Settings app and tap on the Security Tab. Scroll down to the find “Screen pinning”, which I located under the “Advanced” section.
Tap on the toggle switch to enable screen pinning on your device. For added security, you can also choose to add a passcode that needs to be used to unpin the screen every time. Just press the toggle switch next to “lock the device when unpinning” and add a passcode to your Android.
Now that you have enabled screen pinning on Android, it is time to try it out.
How to use screen pinning on Android
Start off by opening the app that you want to pin to the screen. Press the Overview button, which is the square box on the bottom-right of the navigation bar on your phone.
The traditional overview mode shows you all the background apps in the form of cards, but you will also be able to see the blue “screen pin”. Press the blue pin to begin screen pinning, which will display a dialog box explaining how to unpin the screen.
Press “Got It” to view the pinned screen, which does not allow you to exit the current app you are viewing. To unpin the app, simply tap and hold the Overview and Back buttons simultaneously, until you see the message “Screen unpinned” and exit the app.
If you have set a passcode for unpinning, enter it to unpin the app and use your device as normal.
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