Having a smartphone is more than a style symbol now. We manage our digital lives, social, and professional lives on our smart devices now. That would mean carrying it around with us. With the increasing amount of sensitive and personal data we tend to carry in our phones, having it locked with some sort of PIN, password, or pattern is a reasonable security option. But we don’t require to use them always, now do we?
Do you keep a count of unlocking your phone or a tablet in one day? I bet it exceeds 2 figures. So, with all the cool and awesome features of Android Lollipop, there is an option to unlock your device based on a criteria of you being at a trusted place. That trusted place can be your home or your office cubicle (though many coworkers can be intruding so I wouldn’t advice to add your work place to the list). Once you added trusted places, your device will be automatically unlocked when you’re any of those places. Cool, right?
Let’s see how you can activate this option, shall we?
- Update Google Play Services via Play Store. Android’s recently released this update so it may take a couple of hours or maybe even a day for the update to be available on your device running Lollipop. But, if you’re like me, you would want to get your hands on this feature right away. Well, then, go ahead and download the APK of the latest Play Store Services, install it, and reboot your device.
- Set up a PIN, Password, or Pattern screen lock method. In order to use smart lock, you have to use one of these options to lock your device. You can easily access this option via Settings > Security.
- If you were able to successfully install/update Play Services in Step 1, you’d see the Trusted Places option under Smart Lock. Select it.
- If you’ve added your home and office location via Google Now, it would show these two places in the Trusted Places option so you can go ahead and choose any or all of these locations.
- Apart from these two locations, you can also add a custom location as a trusted location by simply choosing the option Add trusted place. It would take you to the map that would allow you to choose a custom trusted place. (Needless to say this isn’t my actual current location).
Do enjoy this little but useful feature.
Passionately a software developer, Basit Saeed considers himself a person who believes in software and social media being the change agents of 21st century. He is a techy, a gadgets freak, and loves playing with code whenever he can. He tweets at @basit_saeed.