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.
- Google Play Protect
See your app safety-check status. Learn how to help protect against harmful apps.
- Find My Device
Make sure that 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 authorise 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.
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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