Screen Pinning - Lock an app to the screen and prevent access to other apps or notifications
Screen pinning is a feature built into Android that allows you to lock an app to the screen, which:
- ensures you don’t accidentally close the app,
- prevents anyone from seeing your notifications or accessing any other app without unlocking your phone with authentication (fingerprint/face unlock/PIN/pattern lock/password) - ensure you turn on “require PIN before unpinning”.
This is a great feature to use when leaving your device unattended (in a safe place, obviously), and is helpful in other scenarios where you are handing your device to someone to use. Please note: This feature functions differently depending on your device manufacturer. On my device, In-Flight Operations and other apps running in the background still work. You will not be notified of any calls or texts, although the next tip I have provided below may fix this for you by enabling replying to texts through your PC.
It is best to activate screen pinning before you start your flight, however your flight can be resumed after pinning the app and reentering IF mid-flight.
A similar feature available on Apple devices is Guided Access.
"Crono" App - Send your FPL and photos to/from your computer fast, and view/reply to notifications
Crono is an app that you can install on your device which runs in the background, allowing you to send photos and your clipboard to and from your Android device and Firefox/Chrome/Edge browser on your computer.
Find the app in the Play Store, follow the instructions in the app to set it up, and then you can:
- View notifications during your flight and reply to texts
- View device charge
- Ring your device
- Send photos to and from your computer to your device
- Instantly send your fight plan by copying the flight plan on your computer and using the following red button inside the browser extension to send it to your device:
Download "scrcpy" to your Windows PC - Mirror and control your Android from your computer
This solution is perfect for viewing your flight on a big screen or using your computer to act as ATC, with more room to select commands and view the map. It functions both as a display mirror and allows you to use your mouse on the screen as you normally would on your device.
There are a number of alternative applications like this, including an app that can let you use your phone as a second screen for your computer. However, this is a very simple application that runs well for Infinite Flight in my testing.
If you have any other convenient apps or solutions you use to speed up or improve your Infinite Flight experience, please leave them down below and I’ll consider adding them to this post. I hope the few I have provided above help you in some way. Thanks!