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 its Settings app. Tap Security & location.
Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 9 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.
- Google Play Protect
See your app safety-check status. Learn how to help protect against harmful apps.
- Find My Device
Make sure 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.
- 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.
- Nexus Imprint
Use your fingerprint to unlock your phone and authorize purchases. Learn how to set up fingerprints.
- Smart Lock
Set your phone to automatically unlock in certain circumstances. Learn how to automatically unlock.
Change location settings for your phone. 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 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.
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