Soumya Prakash Pradhan

The era of technology is advancing rapidly, and security concerns are at the forefront of everyone's minds in the tech space.

People are using various methods, from complex passwords with special characters to two-step authentication, to safeguard their digital assets.

Amidst this technological evolution, Android smartphones offer a noteworthy feature known as 'App Pinning' or 'Screen Pinning.'

These features allow users to lock their screens to a single app, providing a focused and secure experience.

Imagine someone asks to borrow your phone, specifically mentioning they only need to use Instagram.
In such a scenario, you can enable the Pinning option, ensuring they can only access that application without navigating through other apps or sections of your mobile device.

To activate this feature, navigate to your smartphone's settings, find 'Password and Security' under system security, and look for options like "App Pinning" or "Screen Pinning."

Alternatively, you can use the search function in the settings to locate these pinning options.

Ensure you enable the feature for accessibility, and you will find another option: "Lock the device when screen pinning is canceled."

Enabling this ensures that if someone attempts to turn off the pinning feature, the phone will automatically get locked.

To pin an app, follow these steps:

  1. Open the desired app.
  2. Click the menu key.
  3. Watch the app float into that section.
  4. Look for the two-dot option.
  5. Click on it.
  6. Select 'Pin.'
  7. Click to activate the pin for that app.

Now you know how to pin your smartphone; let's discuss how to unpin an app:

Simply press the menu key and the back key of your phone, tap a few times, or drag the screen upward to unpin the app.

This user-friendly feature provides a secure way to lock your phone without relying solely on passwords.