How to use screen pinning with PRIV

HOW-TO / 11.19.15 / theacarter

Do you want to lend your phone to someone, but need to limit their access to one app? Screen pinning lets you do just that by locking an app onto your screen and disabling the Recents and Back buttons preventing them from accessing other apps on your device.

Here’s a quick overview of how to take advantage of this useful feature!Screen pinning is also a handy feature for when you’re playing a game on your PRIV and don’t want to accidentally minimize the app by tapping the Home button.


Turn screen pinning on or off

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen once using two fingers, or twice using one finger
  2. Tap priv_settings_gear > Security > Screen pinning
  3. Tap the switch

Tip: If you don’t want your PRIV to return to the lock screen after unpinning an app screen, turn off the Ask for <Password | PIN | Picture | Pattern> before unpinning switch.

After turning on screen pinning, to pin a screen on your device complete the followings steps:

Pin a screen

  1. Open an app or a screen that you want to pin to the foreground of your device
  2. Tap gs_priv_recents Recents
  3. On the app or screen that you want to pin, tap priv_pin

Note: When Screen pinning is being used, the status bar along the top of the screen will no longer appear until you have unpinned a screen using the following steps.

Unpin a screen

To unpin a screen so you can access another app, touch and hold  gs_priv_back Back and gs_priv_recents Recents at the same time.


How do you use screen pinning? Leave a comment and let us know!

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