How do I use Smart Lock to keep my device unlocked in certain situations? (Android 10 or Android 11)
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- Android 11
- Android 10
The Smart Lock feature unlocks your device automatically in certain situations. You can set your device to unlock, for example, when it’s connected to a Bluetooth® device, or when you’re carrying it with you.
To prepare your device to unlock automatically, perform the following steps:
- Make sure you have an active Internet connection, preferably a Wi-Fi® connection to limit data traffic charges.
- Make sure that all your apps are updated using the Play Store™ application in order to ensure that the Google Play™ services app is updated. Having an up-to-date Google Play™ services app ensures that you can use the latest Smart Lock features.
- Enable Smart Lock (see below to enable Smart Lock)
- Set when you want your device to unlock automatically by selecting a Smart Lock type (See below).
To enable Smart Lock
- Make sure that you've set a pattern, PIN or password for your screen lock.
- Find and tap Settings → Security → Trust agents.
- Drag the slider beside Smart Lock (Google) to the right.
- Tap the back arrow next to Trust agents.
- Find and tap Smart Lock.
- Enter your pattern, PIN or password. You need to enter this screen lock any time you want to change your Smart Lock settings.
- Select a Smart Lock type and follow the on-screen instructions to enable it.
Smart Lock types
- On-body detection - keep your device unlocked when you're carrying the device with you.
- Trusted places - keep your device unlocked when you're in a trusted location. E.g. your home, workplace etc.
- Trusted devices - keep your device unlocked when a trusted Bluetooth device is connected. E.g. your Bluetooth headphones, laptop etc.
Note 1: The Smart Lock feature may not be available in every market, country or region. Keep in mind that Smart Lock as a security feature is less secure than a pattern, PIN, or password.
Note 2: The Smart Lock feature is developed by Google™ and the exact functionality may change over time due to updates from Google.