How to use Screen Pinning in Android 5.0 (and why you might want to)


Nexus 6 carrier pre-orders start this week and many existing Android phones will be receiving the Lollipop software upgrade in the near future, so now might be a good time to spotlight one of the new functions in Android 5.0. It’s called Screen Pinning and it does exactly what it sounds like: It locks or pins the screen to a particular app.

Before explaining how to use Screen Pinning, it probably makes to understand when it would be useful. The most obvious scenario is when you hand your phone over to someone.

screen pinning instructions

You know, when a friend says, “My phone battery just died, can I use your phone to make a call?” or something else along those lines. Another great example is when your kids borrow the phone to play a game. In either of these cases, Screen Pinning keeps people locked into the app you specifically set, meaning, they…

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