Check or change security settings for Android devices

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 Settings app. Tap Security & location.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 9.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Security status

Device Security

  • 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, 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 automatically unlock in certain circumstances. Learn how to automatically unlock.

Privacy

  • Location
    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.
  • Trust agents
    Let your device use automatic-unlock options like Trusted Places or Voice Match. 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.
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