You don’t want your precious Android device to be used by anyone else. But there are occasions you cannot ignore a request. It may be for nothing more than enjoying a game or for browsing the web to search for a location. But you can never be too sure about what else that user may do with your device.
So is there any way you could restrict such users to the only feature they claim they desire to use? Yes, Android does have such a feature and it is known as Screen pinning.
Google includes Screen pinning in Android 5.0 L and there is a better version in Android 5.1 L. You could activate this feature and let the user to use the app that he or she requires. Access to the other sections of the device gets locked with a PIN or pattern lock.
How to Enable Screen Pinning?
- Go to Settings
- Enter Security
- Tap Screen pinning
- Toggle between on/off and apply a PIN lock
- Tap Overview on the bottom right and check all the apps in memory
- Check all the apps and tap on the “pin icon” under the app you want to give access to
- The app will enlarge over the screen and will display instructions
Now if the other user wants to use anything else except the requested app, he/she will have to enter the PIN code. Most Android users don’t know about this feature and will find it to be quite useful.
Make sure to activate it the next time someone requires your device for a task. You don’t want them to do anything else or browse your images.
There are many other similar features in your Android. Keep checking this section for new guides!