How to use screen pinning on PRIV and DTEK50

DTEK50 / 08.05.16 / ecjamieson

Need to lend your phone to a friend, but want to make sure they don’t look through your pictures, messages, or other apps? PRIV and DTEK50 users have an easy solution: screen pinning!

With screen pinning, you can feel confident lending your PRIV and DTEK50 to a friend! Screen pinning lets you ‘lock’ an app to your screen, disabling the Recents and Back buttons, preventing the user from accessing other apps on the device.

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Read more to learn how to turn on this feature!


Tip: 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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