The lock screen was created to keep your sensitive data safe. Most of the time, it annoys its owner, though. The main problem of the feature is that it asks to enter a password, PIN, or pattern every time you want to use your device. The display can also go dark when you look at it using the app without touching the screen. Hopefully, there are several smart ways to get rid of it when you need no protection. Let’s have a closer look at how to keep your phone from locking it.
Disable locking completely
The lock screen is an adjustable feature. You will no longer need to enter the password after turning it off, but anyone can easily access the data afterward. To deactivate it, one should:
- access Settings menu by pressing the gear icon,
- enter Security, then Screen lock,
- if you had password activated, the system would ask to confirm it,
- choose “None” to altogether disable the feature.
To access the phone now, you will have to press the power button. Taping “Swipe” will remove the password, but you will still need to touch the display to get in. This way, you won’t occasionally press anything while the phone is in the pocket.
Increase display time
Turning device protection completely off is not a good idea if you have any sensitive information inside it. If you only need the display to stay on longer, follow these steps:
- enter main Settings,
- find Screen menu item and tap it,
- choose the desired time interval from the list of options.
This way, the device will not go to “sleep” from 15 seconds to 30 minutes, depending on your preference. Keep in mind though that increasing this value can negatively impact battery life. You can still turn the display on by pressing the power button.
You can also modify the period between entering sleep mode and activating the lock screen. To do that, go to Security and tap Automatically lock menu item.
The feature is available for all Android smartphones (version 5 and higher). There are, however, multiple issues on Android 10. Smart lock lets you:
- Add and remove trusted locations – places where the screen lock will never be activated. This will require having GPS turned on at all times, which can impact battery life. Keep in mind that the device will ask to repeat a password if you do not touch it for four hours. Due to the technical limitations of the technology, the phone can be accessed as far as 80 meters away from your locations.
- Choose trusted devices. Smartphones will not ask to repeat for a password if it is connected to Bluetooth devices of your choice. The phone will let everyone to the home screen should it be in proximity to a fitness tracker, smartwatch, speaker – depending on the settings.
- Disable screen lock when a smartphone is on you. The only way it can distinguish people is by learning owner’s walking pattern by analyzing accelerometer data. The feature can act weird while driving and will not work at all when you fly or sail. Walking pattern analysis is not working for every device, meaning anyone can access it.
- Use voice recognition to initiate “Ok Google” commands without touching the smartphone. The feature is available for Android 9 and below.
To set up the feature, follow these steps:
- enter settings and type “smart lock” into the search field,
- confirm your password if you have one,
- adjust settings to your taste following the prompts in front of you.
Keep in mind that some smartphones might have reduced Smart Lock capability. For example, some Xiaomi devices can be accessed only if connected to a secure method.
Screen Lock is a security feature to keep on at all times. Should it deteriorate your user experience, there are multiple ways to customize it without removing completely. Some of them, however, can sufficiently decrease the security level and are to be used wisely.
Here we’ve described different ways to keep your phone from locking. You can disable locking completely, increase display time, or use a smart lock.