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.
Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 11 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.
- Open your phone's Settings app.
- Tap Security or Security & location Advanced App pinning.
- Turn on App pinning.
When app pinning is on, you'll see an option to ask for your PIN, pattern, or password before unpinning.
After turning on app pinning:
- Go to the screen you want to pin.
- Swipe up to the middle of your screen.
- At the top of the image, tap the app's icon.
- Tap the Pin .
- Choose how to get around on your phone. Learn how to get around on your Pixel phone.
- To unpin a screen:
- Gesture navigation: Swipe up and hold.
- 2-button navigation: Touch and hold Back and Home .
- 3-button navigation: Touch and hold Back and Overview .
- If you're asked for your PIN, pattern, or password, enter it.