Lock your work profile

You can lock your work profile on devices with Android 7.0 Nougat or later. If you try to open a work app, you’ll be prompted to enter your passcode.

Some administrators require a lock. If so, you’ll be prompted to set it when you set up your Android device. If your current screen lock meets the work profile lock requirements, you can use the same passcode for both. That way, you can open your work apps without having to enter another passcode. For devices with Android 9.0 Pie or later, your administrator can require you to use two different passcodes for your lock screen and work profile.

Your administrator might set security restrictions, such as passcode complexity. They can also set a limit on the number of invalid passcode attempts. If you exceed the limit, your work profile and associated data is removed from your device.

Some of this information might not be the same on every device.

Set up or change your work profile lock

  1. On your device, go to Settings and then Security and privacy and then More security settings and then Work profile security.
  2. Tap the lock type you’d like to use and follow the instructions. (See options below.)
  3. (Optional) If you’re changing your work profile lock, enter the pattern, PIN, or password when prompted.
  4. If necessary, choose how you want your work notifications to show on your device when it’s locked.
    Note: You can change your work notification settings at anytime.
  5. Tap Done.

Work profile lock options


No work profile lock.


Draw a simple pattern with your finger to unlock your work profile.


Use 4 or more numbers to unlock your work profile. Longer PINs are usually more secure.


Use 4 or more letters or numbers to unlock your work profile. This is the most secure option, as long as you create a strong password.


If your device has biometric sensors, you can use your fingerprint or face recognition to unlock your work profile. First though, you need to set up a pattern, PIN, or password for additional security. If you restart your device, you’ll be prompted to enter the additional lock to open your work profile. You also need to register at least one fingerprint or face on your device.

Even with face or fingerprint lock active, you may still be required to provide your device pattern, pin, or password from time to time for additional security. This can occur when rebooting your device, conducting sensitive operations or after some time using only fingerprint lock.

Note: Android Smart Lock is only supported as a device screen lock, not as a work profile lock.

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