How to pin and unpin an Android app

With the latest android update around the corner, you need to learn How to pin and unpin an Android app. In android 11 users can pin an app that allows them to limit their phone access only to that app before handing it over to someone for use.

The pinning function prevents whoever is using your phone from opening anything else on your device until you have unpinned the app. It’s also very secure as your phone will need your password to grant full access to the phone once the app has been unpinned.

Here’s how to pin and unpin an Android app.

The pinning feature is switched off by default and you will need to change some settings before you can use it. This can be done quickly through your phone’s settings.

  1. Open Settings menu.
  2. Go to Password and security.
  3. Scroll down to find App pinning and tap it.
  4. Turn on the toggle for App pinning.
  5. A warning message will pop up. Tap OK after reading it.

Once the feature is enabled you will be able to use it easily when floating over your home screen apps.

  1. Click on an app icon.
  2. Swipe up and hold until you can see all the open apps.
  3. Tap the three dots in the upper right corner of the app.
  4. Tap Pin.
  5. Read the pop up alert. Tap Got it after reading it.

Now your app has been pinned. Whoever uses your phone will be unable to open and use anything. But the pinned app. So after they’re done using your phone, here’s how you can unpin the app. To unpin an app Swipe up and hold from the bottom of the app. Unlock your phone with your password or biometrics.

Hope after reading this you will be able to improve your mobile security before handing it over to someone. Let us know what you think about app pinning by commenting below.

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