Check or change security settings for Android devices
You can help protect your phone by updating your security settings.
Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.
Manage your security settings
- Open your phone's Settings app.
- Tap Security. If you don't see 'Security', tap Security and location or Google Security.
- Google Play Protect
See your app safety-check status. Learn how to help protect against harmful apps.
- Find My Device
Make sure that your phone can be found if it gets lost. Learn how to be ready to find a lost phone.
- Security update
See whether your system is up to date. Learn how to check and update your Android version.
- Screen lock
Lock your phone with a PIN, pattern or password. Learn how to set a screen lock.
Lock screen preferences
Choose which notifications show when your screen is locked. Learn how to control notifications.
Turn off notifications, fingerprint or face recognition unlocking and Smart Lock while on your lock screen. Learn how to turn on lockdown.
Add text to your lock screen, like info to help someone return your phone if you lost it. Learn how to put a message on your lock screen.
- Smart Lock
Set your device to stay unlocked in certain circumstances. Learn how to turn on Smart Lock.
Change location settings for your phone. Learn how to change your phone’s location settings.
- 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 phone.
- Trust agents
Let your phone 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 phone. Learn how to change app permissions.
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