How can you safely hand your child your Android device and know that they will stay within that one app? Screen pinning is the answer to that questions, and I’ll cover it completely in this episode of the Digital Parenting Minute.
Now if you’re an Android owner? Then today’s episode is for you. I’m gonna discuss how you can lock your children into a single application on an Android device. Now this feature is called “Screen Pinning” and you can fully learn how to use it in today’s episode. Here we go.
To leverage screen pinning, your Android phone must be running Android 5.0 or later. To find out what version of Android you’re running? Open the settings app, scroll to the bottom of the list and select “About Phone” and see what number is included under Android version. If the number is five or greater, you can take advantage of this feature. The first step to using screen pinning, is to turn it on within the settings app. From the settings app, first select security. Next scroll down until you see screen pinning. From this screen, be sure to turn the feature on.
Now exit the settings application. In this example, I’m gonna be launching the Google Earth app. Once this app has started, I can press the square overview button on the bottom right of the screen and then select the pin icon to the bottom right of the app I want to pin. This will lock the phone into that one application. To exit, you’ll need to hold the back and overview buttons simultaneously. This will send you back to your lock screen, where you’ll need to enter your pin.
Once you enter your pin, you’ll be able to go back into the phone’s normal mode. This is just one of Android’s parental control features and we’ll cover many more in upcoming episodes.
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