Check or change security settings
You can help protect your Android device by updating your security settings.
You can manage most of your device's security settings in its Settings app . Tap Security & Location.
Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.
- Google Play Protect
See your app safety-check status. Learn how to help protect against harmful apps.
- Find My Device
Make sure your device can be found if it gets lost. Learn how to be ready to find a lost device.
- Security update
See whether your system is up to date. Learn how to check and update your Android version.
- Screen lock
Lock your device with a PIN, pattern, or password. Learn how to set a screen lock.
- Lock screen preferences
Choose how notifications show and whether to have a message on your lock screen. Learn how to control notifications or show emergency information.
- Pixel Imprint (or Nexus Imprint)
Use your fingerprint to unlock your device and authorize purchases. Learn how to set up fingerprints.
- Smart Lock
Set your device to automatically unlock in certain circumstances. Learn how to automatically unlock.
Change location settings for your device. Learn how to turn location on or off.
- Show passwords
To help you use passwords that are more complex and secure, you can see what you type.
- Device admin apps
See or remove apps that can administer your device.
- Encryption & credentials
If your device isn't encrypted by default, learn how to encrypt data on your device. To manage certificates, learn how to add or remove certificates.
- Trust agents
Let your device use automatic-unlock options like Trusted Places or Trusted Voice. Learn how to turn on automatic unlock.
- Screen pinning
You can pin a screen to keep it in view until you unpin it. Learn how to pin screens.
- Apps with usage access
Manage what apps have access to app-usage data on your device.