Pin & 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.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn on screen pinning

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & Location and then Screen pinning.
  3. Turn on Screen pinning.

When screen pinning is on, you'll see an option to ask for your PIN, pattern, or password before unpinning.

Pin a screen

  1. Go to the screen 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. On the pinned screen, touch and hold Back Back and Overview Overview.
  2. If you chose to be asked for your PIN, pattern, or password before unpinning, you'll need to enter it.

Amy is an Android expert and author of this help page. Leave her feedback below about the page.

Was this article helpful?
How can we improve it?