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    How to activate or deactivate Google Smart Lock on Android

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    Unlocking your phone just got faster than ever with lightning-fast fingerprint sensors and feature-rich Face ID. As convenient as it is, unlocking phones just to open an app sometimes seems pointless, especially when you're at home or if you use your smartphone frequently. This is where turning Google Smart Lock on or off on Android can help.


    The Smart Lock feature keeps your phone unlocked when connected to a trusted device or in a known place. There are different versions of Smart Lock on Android and in this article we will tell you how to activate and deactivate Smart Lock on your Android phone.



    How to activate or deactivate Google Smart Lock on Android - Detection on the body

    Activating Body Sensing Smart Lock will keep your device unlocked as long as it's in your hand. Once the device is placed on a stable surface, it will lock automatically. Read how to enable body detection in Smart Lock for Android.

    1. Launch the Settings app on your Android and go to Security.
    2. Under Device Security, tap the Smart Lock option. Then, enter your device's PIN. Once verified, you will find all the available Smart Lock options. Tap the body detection option to enable it.
    3. Then, turn on the switch next to “Use body tracking”. In the confirmation box, tap Continue to proceed.

    Once enabled, your device will remain unlocked for up to 4 hours as long as it detects movements such as running, walking, strolling, etc.


    That said, there is no way he can tell the difference between you and someone else. So if someone gets their hands on your device while it's unlocked, they can easily use it. To turn off Google Smart Lock on your Android phone, revisit the body detection option by following the steps above and turn off the switch next to it.



    How to activate or deactivate Google Smart Lock on Android - Trusted places

    If you spend most of your time working from home or in the office, it can be frustrating to unlock your phone every time you need to open an application or read something on your smartphone. You can add trusted places like home or office where your phone stays unlocked to help you solve this problem. Read how to add trusted places to Smart Lock on Android.

    1. Launch the Settings app on your Android and go to Security.
    2. Under Device Security, tap the Smart Lock option. Then, enter your device's PIN if you have it enabled.
    3. Tap the Add trusted place option to enter the places where the device should remain unlocked.
    4. Here you can use the search bar above to search for a particular place you want to add. Or, you can also manually navigate through the map to locate a particular location. Finally, tap on the Select this location option to save it.
    5. Give that trusted place a suitable name and tap OK.

    Likewise, if you wish, you can add more trusted places. Once unlocked, the device will remain unlocked for up to four hours as long as you are near the trusted location. Note that you will need to keep GPS enabled on your phone for this feature to work.


    If you want to turn off Trusted Places in Android Smart Lock, open the Smart Lock settings on Android, tap Trusted Places you entered and select the Delete option.


    How to activate or deactivate Google Smart Lock on Android via Bluetooth

    Enabling will keep your device unlocked as long as your phone is connected to a Bluetooth device such as a smartwatch, Bluetooth headset, or a car's infotainment system. Read on to learn how to add trusted devices to Smart Lock on Android.



    1. Launch the Settings app on your Android and go to Security.
    2. Then, tap on the Smart Lock option and enter the device PIN to verify your identity.
    3. Tap the Add Trusted Device option and you will be presented with a list of Bluetooth devices added to your phone. If you want to add a new device, not in the list, tap the Pair new device option to connect first.
    4. Select a Bluetooth device to add it as a trusted device. Choose "Yes, add" when prompted.

    If you want to disable trusted devices from unlocking your phone, open the Smart Lock settings on Android, tap the trusted devices you entered and select the Remove trusted device option.


    What do you think about Google Smart Lock on Android

    Smart Lock is undoubtedly an elegant function, useful for those who wish not to have to unlock their smartphone every time they intend to use it.


    So what do you think of Smart Lock on Android? Are you comfortable using it or are you happy to register your face or fingerprint every time you unlock your phone?

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