A Guide on Android Security & Location Settings

In this post, we’ll see:

How to Set Up Face Unlock on Android

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Security & location > Face Unlock.
  3. Hit the Set Up button. Provide Camera permission.
  4. Go through the points listed on the screen and if you’re okay with it, tap the Next button.
  5. Now, it is asking me to enter Pin or fingerprint. Remember that it may differ for you. I provided fingerprint.
  6. Show your face within the circle. You can see this screen now:
  7. Disable the Bypass lock screen if you wish. Tap the Next button. Hit the Got It button.

Note: if you want to disable Face Unlock, then follow the above first step, provide Pin or fingerprint (this may differ for you), and tap the Disable face unlock option.

What is Screen Pinning on Android?

It is a feature that got introduced in Lollipop (Android 5.0) which lets you pin your Android device screen to a particular app.

In simple words, it lets you pin the app which is the only thing you can see and access until you unpin it.

To use this feature, you need to enable screen pinning first.

How to Enable Screen Pinning on Android

Screen pinning is turned off by default and here are the steps to enable it.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Hit Security & location.
  3. Hit Down arrow beside Advanced, which is beneath Location, and you can see the Screen pinning option at the bottom now. Hit it.
  4. Tap the toggle switch at the top.

That’s it. The screen pinning is turned on.

Also, you can see another option (Ask for (your screen lock method) before unpinning) which is also enabled. Self-explanatory option, right? Let it be enabled or if you wish you can disable it.

Note: To disable screen pinning, hit the toggle we’ve talked earlier.

Well, let’s see how to pin an app on Android Pie.

How to Pin an App on Android

  1. Open the app you want to pin if it is not already opened.
  2. Tap the Overview button. Find and tap the icon of the app which you want to pin.
  3. Hit the Pin option, which you can find beneath the Split screen. 

Every time you pin the app, you’ll see the pop-up about how to unpin it. Hit Got It in that pop-up to make it disappear.

To unpin an app, touch and hold both the Overview and Back buttons simultaneously.

Now, you’ll be on the lock screen if you’ve enabled Ask for (your screen lock method) before unpinning. Otherwise, you’ll be in the app which you’ve pinned.

How to Disable Location Permission for a Particular App on Android

Open the Settings app.

Tap Security & location > Location > App-level permissions.

Find the app for which you want to turn off location permission. In our instance, it is Chrome.

Tap that app. If you see the confirmation pop-up, tap Deny Anyway on it.

Note: if you want to turn on location permission for the app, open the App-level permissions, find the app, and then hit it.

How to Turn On and Off Location on Android

Here are the steps to turn on the location:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Hit Security & location.
  3. In the Privacy section, you can see the Location option. Tap on it.
  4. Hit the toggle switch at the top.

Note: the above are the steps to turn off location too.