How to pin and unpin the screen on Android 5.0 Lollipop

How to pin and unpin the screen on Android 5.0 Lollipop
While Lollipop is still a dream that’s yet to come true for most Android users, we already know pretty much all there is to know about it - since some devices, including Google’ Nexus models, have officially received the 5.0 update, while others (Nexus 6 and Nexus 9) are running Lollipop out of the box.

Google included many new features in Android Lollipop, and one of them is screen pinning. As its name suggests, this feature allows you to pin whatever’s on your screen at a certain time. Screen pinning works pretty much anywhere - in any app, game, or settings screen. It can be useful if you’re giving your phone to someone and want to allow the use of just one app or game.

Turning on screen pinning is not a complicated task. From your home screen, pull down the notifications bar, access the Settings menu, and scroll down until you find the Security tab. After you tap on Security, scroll down again to find the “Screen pinning” option. Tapping on it will let you turn the feature on.

Once screen pinning is enabled, you can pin apps by opening the Overview / Recent window (by tapping on the button found on the right of Home key). When you see your recent apps, scroll down and you’ll discover a blue Pin button. Touch it and you’ll be asked if you’re sure you want to use screen pinning. If you say yes (by tapping on Start), your device’s notifications menu will disappear - from now on, you can only use the app or the game that’s pinned. To unpin something, touch the Back and Overview / Recent keys at the same time (they’re the buttons found on each side of the Home key).

So, that’s how screen pinning on Android 5.0 Lollipop works. Everything’s illustrated in the screenshots below. What do you think, is this feature useful? Let us know in the comments!


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7 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Nice feature! Android is the best!

2. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

I have to admit that the lollipop version is fantastic. If samsung won't change its ugly touchwizz ui, its next years flagship galaxy s6 WON'T SELL. Do u hear me samsung? U want ur market share to slide down or maybe get bankrupt like Nokia?

4. TerryTerius unregistered

I'm fairly certain touchwiz itself is a largely an issue for the techie crowd moreso than the general public. I really doubt that was the driving factor for their decline in sales.

5. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I wouldn't be so sure. TouchWiz is probably the main reason why the general public thinks of Android as laggy, cluttered, and difficult-to-use...

7. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

exactly! whenever i talk to my friend who has an iPhone and moved to it nearly, he says:"android is just difficult to use!" and he had only a samsung phone!!

6. giri555

Posts: 111; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

Have you invested in Samsung? why are you so pissed off?

3. tanujtiwari2008 unregistered

Awesome

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