Pin and unpin screens

You can pin an app's screen to keep it in view until you unpin it.

For example, you can pin an app and hand your phone to a friend. With the screen pinned, your friend can use only that app. To use your other apps again, you can unpin the screen.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 9 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn on screen pinning

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Security or Security and location and then Advanced and then Screen pinning.
  3. Turn on Screen pinning.

When screen pinning is on, you need to enter your PIN, pattern or password before you can unpin.

Pin a screen

After turning on screen pinning:

  1. Go to the screen that you want to pin.
  2. Swipe up to the middle of your screen. If this doesn't open your Overview, go to the steps for Android 8.1 and below.
  3. At the top of the image, tap the app's icon.
  4. Tap the Pin Pin.
If you're using Android 8.1 and below
  1. Go to the screen that you want to pin.
  2. Tap Overview Overview.
  3. Swipe up to show the Pin Pin. You'll see it at the bottom right of your selected screen.
  4. Tap the Pin Pin.

Unpin a screen

  1. Choose how to get around on your phone. Learn how to get around on your Android phone
  2. To unpin a screen:
    • Gesture navigation: Swipe up and hold.
    • Two-button navigation: Touch and hold Back Back and Home Home.
    • Three-button navigation: Touch and hold Back Back and Overview Overview.
  3. If you're asked for your PIN, pattern or password, enter it.
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