What is Screen Pinning and How to Use it on Android

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.

Enable Screen Pinning in Android

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

  • angle-double-right
    Open “Settings” app.
  • angle-double-right
    Hit “Security & location.”
  • angle-double-right
    Scroll down until you see “Screen pinning.” Once you find it out, hit it.
  • angle-double-right
    Tap the toggle at the top.
Turned on Screen pinning
  • Save

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 in Android.

Pin App in Android

Keep in mind that you can pin the recently opened app only. Moreover, here’s how you can pin app:

  • angle-right
    Open the app you want to pin.
  • angle-right
    Tap the “Overview” button.
  • angle-right
    Now, you can see the “Pin” icon on the recently opened app. Hit it.
Pin icon
  • Save

That’s it. All done.

Every time you pin the app, you’ll see the notification about how to unpin it. Hit “Got it” in that notification to make it disappear.

Notification stating steps to unpin
  • Save

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

After you unpin, you’ll be in 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.

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