How to secure your Android Lollipop device with screen pinning

How to secure your Android Lollipop device with screen pinning
Android Lollipop shipped with a nifty security feature that you may not know of! It's called screen pinning, and what it does is to pin an app of your choice to your smartphone or tablet's display. The very simple idea is about pinning an app, handing the device to someone who wants to use it, and letting them use only, and only this one app that's been pinned to the screen. Moreover, the feature can be combined with the typical screen lock (pattern, pin, password, etc), so if one presses the power button and locks the device, they'll have to get through the screen lock before they get to the pinned app. 

Genius, huh? The only downside is that it's pretty easy to learn that pressing the triangle and square keys together at the same time gets rid of the pinned app. But still, going online and reading guides isn't that easy for small children or older relatives who want to entertain themselves for a bit with your phone. In such cases, app pinning might work out flawlessly. Here's how to set it up on your Lollipop-running device!

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3 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

Screen pinning da future!

2. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

I used this way more than I thought I would. Also, that "Lock device when unpinned" switch actually stops people leaving the app. If you unpin the screen, you have to put your lock screen password in. It's impossible to leave the app without the owners consent, (or if they know your password, but why pin then anyway?). It's a real sweet feature

3. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

whenever they borrow my phone, they are not satisfy to use only one app. Thats why I just make a guest account for them.

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