How To Pin Apps On Android And What It Is

Pinning an app to your screen can be quite handy and if you’re unsure what it is, I’ll explain it to you.

To Pin Apps on Android basically locks the app you’re using and makes other functions on your smartphone unusable for the duration of the ‘Pin’. You might want to use this if you’re giving your phone to your itty bitty baby with fingers that’s a little too energetic. It could be used as an extra security measure when handing your phone to an adult too, just saying…

If I think about it, like really think about it, it could prove to be quite a useful feature for some. That is if you know how to activate and use it though. If you don’t that’s fine too, I got you covered here:

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How to Activate Screen Pinning

  • First, open your settings
  • Then, head over to Security, Security & Location or Biometrics & Security.
  • After that, you will need to Navigate to ‘Advanced‘ or ‘Other Security Settings’.
  • You’ll see a ‘Pin Windows’ option, enable it and you’ll be ready for the next steps.

How to Pin Apps On Android

After those steps above it’s time to start Pinning!

To pin it’s quite simple, all you have to do is swipe up to view your recent apps (if you use gesture navigation) or open it the normal way by using the square/block for the recent apps.

Once you’ve done that, all you need to do is tap on the icon (at the top) of the app you want to pin and select ‘pin app’.

And that’s it!

To unpin your chosen app, there are three methods depending on what you use to navigate your phone.

For instance, the ‘Gesture Navigation‘ requires you to swipe up and hold. While the ‘2-button’ and ‘3-button Navigation’ require you to hold the Back and Overview/Home buttons.

Settings in Android showing how to Un Pin Apps On Android with gesture navigation which says you swipe up and hold.

Another thing that you could do is add a password which enhances the level of security the ‘pin’ feature has. So each time a password would be required to unpin the device.

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