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Smart Lock Setup in Android Smartphone

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You can make unlocking your phone easier using Smart Lock for Android.

First, change your settings to enable  ” Smart Lock on “ your device, then set how you want your device to automatically unlock.

First, open the Smart Lock menu

  1. Open your device’s Settings menu .
  2. Under “Personal,” touch Security. Make sure that you have Smart Lock turned on. Under “Advanced,” touch Trust agents and make sure “Smart Lock” is set to On.
  3. Under “Screen security,” touch Smart Lock.
  4. Enter your screen lock. If you don’t already have one set up, follow the on-screen prompts to set up a password, PIN, or pattern. You need to enter this screen lock any time you want to change your Smart Lock settings.

Next, set how your device will automatically unlock

You can set Smart Lock to keep your device unlocked when:

  • You have a trusted Bluetooth device connected
  • You’re in a trusted location
  • Your device recognizes your face
  • You’re carrying your device with you

Please note two main Points :

  1. Smart Lock feature is available only in Devices running Android 5.0 and higher.
  2. You’ll need to manually unlock your phone when you don’t use it for 4 hours and after you reboot it.

What are the Options available for Smart Lock :

  1. Trusted Bluetooth Devices
  2. Trusted NFC Tag
  3. Trusted Places
  4. Trusted Face Recognition
  5. On Body Detection – When you are carrying Device with you
  6. Trusted Voice – Search with ” Ok Google ” and Unlock your Device

Android-Smart-Lock

How to use – Trusted Bluetooth Devices

You can choose a trusted device to keep your phone unlocked when that device is connected (you may need to manually unlock your phone first). Bluetooth watches, fitness trackers, or car speaker systems are good choices for trusted devices — avoid devices that are always with your phone or tablet, like Bluetooth keyboards or cases.

If you’re using Android Wear, make sure your watch is paired and connected to your phone or tablet before you set up Smart Lock.

  1. On your phone or tablet, make sure that Bluetooth is turned on.
  2. In the Smart Lock menu, touch Trusted devices.
  3. Touch Add trusted device, then touch Bluetooth.
  4. Touch a device to select it from the list of connected devices. Only paired devices will show in this list. If you need to change your Bluetooth settings, go to Bluetooth settings by touching Menu Menu.
  5. Depending on the security of your connection and your device’s version of Android, you may need to manually unlock your phone before the trusted device will keep it unlocked.

To remove a trusted Bluetooth device: Select the device from the list of trusted Smart Lock options in the “Trusted devices” menu. When asked if you want to remove the device from your list, touch OK.

Trusted NFC Tag

You can choose to keep your device unlocked when you tap a trusted NFC tag. For example, you can set up an NFC sticker in your car as a trusted NFC tag. When you touch this sticker with your device, your device will unlock.

  1. In the Smart Lock menu, touch Trusted devices.
  2. Touch Add trusted device, then touch NFC.
  3. Tap your device to the NFC tag or device and the screen will say, “NFC found.”
  4. Add a name for the NFC tag and touch OK.

To remove a trusted NFC tag: Select the device from the list of trusted Smart Lock options in the “Trusted devices” menu. When asked if you want to remove the device, touch OK.

Trusted Places

You can choose trusted places, like your home, to keep your phone unlocked whenever you’re there. You need to have an Internet connection and allow your phone to use your current location for your trusted places to work.

Trusted places works best when you have a Wi-Fi connection.

  1. In the Smart Lock menu, touch Trusted places.
  2. Touch Home.
    1. In the Smart Lock menu, touch Trusted places.
    2. Touch your home location.
    3. Touch Edit.
    4. Enter the location you want to use as your home in the search bar.
  3. Touch Turn on this location.
  4. You can also add a Custom location like office.
    1. In the Smart Lock menu, touch Trusted places.
    2. Touch Add trusted place. A map will open and you can choose to use your current location or enter the location you want to use as a trusted place, such as your work place.
    3. Name the trusted location and touch OK.

To turn off trusted location for your home, just touch Turn off this location.

Trusted Face Recognition

You can have your device unlock when it recognizes your face. After setting a trusted face, every time you turn on your device, it’ll search for your face and unlock if it recognizes you. IMPORTANT: This is less secure than a pattern, PIN, or password. Someone who looks similar to you could unlock your phone.

Smart Lock doesn’t store any photos of you. Data used to recognize your face is only stored on your device and is not accessible by apps or backed up on Google servers.

To set up and use a trusted face to unlock your device:

  1. In theSmart Lock menu, touch Trusted face.
  2. Touch Set it up and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. When your device is looking for your face, you’ll see the trusted face icon . If it doesn’t recognize your face, you can unlock your device with your set password, PIN, or pattern.

To remove the trusted face: Touch Reset trusted face in the “Trusted face” menu. When asked if you want to reset the trusted face, touch Reset.

Improve your device’s facial recognition

  1. In the Smart Lock menu, touch Trusted face.
  2. Touch Improve face matching.
  3. Touch Next and follow the on-screen instructions.

On Body Detection

You can have your device stay unlocked when you have it on you—like if you’re carrying it in your hand, pocket, or bag—using on-body detection.

About on-body detection

The accelerometer built into your device will keep your device unlocked when it senses that it’s being carried. On some devices, your phone will learn the pattern of your walk by storing accelerometer data. And if it detects a walk that looks very different, it may lock your phone.

IMPORTANT: On-body detection may not always be able to tell whose body is connected to on-body detection. If you give your device to someone else while it’s unlocked, your device may stay unlocked using on-body detection. Keep in mind that on-body detection as a security feature is less secure than a pattern, PIN, or password. Someone who takes your phone while it’s unlocked with on-body detection could access it.

Set up on-body detection

  1. Open your device’s Settings app .
  2. Scroll down to Security.
  3. Touch Smart Lock. If you don’t see “Smart Lock,” first touch Trust agents and make sure “Smart Lock” is turned on.
  4. Enter your screen lock or create a new one.
  5. Touch On-body detection. If you don’t see this option, it may not be available for your device.
  6. Use the switch at the top to set On-body detection to On.
  7. You’ll see a message with more information. If your device supports learning the pattern of your walk, it will say that “Accelerometer data about the pattern of your walk is stored on your device.”

How to use on-body detection

  • When your device senses that it’s on your body
    Unlock your device once and it will stay unlocked as long as your device senses that it’s on your body.
  • When your walk pattern is detected (not all devices)
    On some devices, on-body detection will learn the pattern of your walk. If it detects a walk that looks very different, it may lock your phone. If your phone is locked after walking, just unlock the phone and it will adapt to any new changes in your walk.
  • When your device is not on your body
    Your device will automatically lock if your device senses that it’s no longer on your body. After you put down your device, like if you set it on a table, your device can take up to one minute to lock.
  • When getting into a vehicle
    After you get into a car, bus, train, or other vehicle, your device can take between 5 and 10 minutes to lock.
    IMPORTANT: When you are on an airplane or boat, your device may not lock automatically, so make sure to lock it manually if needed.

Turn off on-body detection

  1. Follow the setup steps above to get to the Smart Lock menu.
  2. Switch On-body detection to Off.

Accelerometer data about the pattern of your walk is stored on your device to help determine when you’re carrying it, and is deleted when on-body detection is turned off.

Ok Google – Trusted Voice Recognition

  1. Make sure you have the latest version of the Google app. (To get the latest version, go to the Google app page on the Play Store and touch Update).
  2. Open the Google app .
  3. In the top left corner of the page, touch the Menu icon menu icon > Settings > Voice > “Ok Google” detection.
  4. Check the box next to “From Google app.”

For certain devices, you can also change some settings to turn on “Ok Google” detection outside the Google app:

  1. Check the box next to “From any screen” or “Always on.”
  2. Follow the instructions to teach Google what your voice sounds like.
    Note: “Always on” isn’t supported in all languages. If you’re unable to turn this feature on, your language may not be supported.

Keep in mind, the “From any screen” setting may prevent other voice services that use hotwords or wake up commands from working. For example, if you have a Samsung S6 and turn on S-Voice to use the wake up command “Hi Galaxy,” it may not work if “From any screen” is turned on.

Settings for Ok Google

When you turn on “Ok Google,” there are a few settings you might be able to change depending on your device. Here’s what the terms mean:

  • From any screen: You can say “Ok Google” from any screen on your device if the screen is on or the device is charging.
  • Always-on: You can say “Ok Google” whether your screen is on or off on a Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or Samsung Note 4 device.
  • Trusted voice: When you say “Ok Google” from a secure lock screen and we’re able to recognize the sound of your voice, you can ask Google to do things for you or visit sites without having to unlock your device.
  • Personal results: See personal results for your voice searches, even when your device is locked.
  • Retrain voice model: Reteach Google the sound of your voice. Try this if Google isn’t recognizing your voice when you say “Ok Google.” If you don’t see this setting, make sure “From any screen” or “Always-on” is turned on.
  • Delete voice model: Delete the voice model that Google uses to recognize your voice.

 

 

 

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