Lockdown mode is a security feature that first arrived with Android 9 Pie that acts as a last-resort measure to keep prying eyes out of your phone. Enabling it obfuscates any incoming notifications on your lockscreen and disables biometrics and Smart Lock settings, preventing anyone from forcing you to unlock your phone with your face or fingerprint.

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How to enable Lockdown on the Pixel 4

The exact steps to enable Lockdown mode varies from phone to phone, but on the Pixel 4, it’s as simple as jumping into the display settings. Once it’s been enabled, you won’t have to launch it from the settings every time; instead, it’ll conveniently show up in the power menu.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Display, then drop down additional options by tapping Advanced.
  3. At the bottom of the screen, tap Lock screen display.
  4. Under What to Show, toggle Show lockdown option

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