Check or change security settings for Android devices

You can help protect your phone by updating your security settings.

You can manage most of your phone's security settings in the Settings app. To check your security settings, in your Settings app, tap Security or Security & location.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Security status

Device security

  • Screen lock
    Lock your phone with a PIN, pattern or password. Learn how to set a screen lock.
  • Lock screen preferences
    Choose how notifications show, whether to have a message on your lock screen, be able to add users from the lock screen and show the lockdown option or what songs are playing. Learn how to control notifications or turn on lockdown
  • Smart Lock
    Set your device to stay unlocked in certain circumstances. Learn how to turn on Smart Lock.


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