How to Turn on Smart Lock in Android 5.0

Entering in a password or PIN is so 2013. Android 5.0's Smart Lock feature lets you authenticate yourself by knowing you're using a trusted devices, knowing where you are or knowing your face. Here's how to set up Smart Lock.

First, you need to input a password, PIN, or unlock pattern on your phone. If you don’t, Smart Lock option won’t show up as an option.

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1. Open the Settings menu.

2. Tap Security under the Personal section.

3. Tap Screen lock and choose the default security method you use.

4. Tap Smart Lock and confirm your password.

5. Select Trusted Devices, Trusted Places or Trusted Faces.

Trusted Devices

This lets you set another Bluetooth device (phone, tablet, smart watch, car) or even an NFC tag as a object that will automatically unlock your device when it’s nearby, the one caveat is that Bluetooth devices will need to be paired before they show up in the Trusted Device list. To add a device:

1. Tap Trusted Devices from the Smart Lock menu.

2a. Choose your device from the list of paired devices.


2b. Add an NFC tag by tapping the + icon and touching the NFC tag to your device.

Trusted Places

This setting allows you to add networks (such as home or work) to the list of trusted places, so when your device is connected to that network, it will skip the lock screen. Note: You need to have locations services turned on for this option to work.

1. Tap Trusted Places from the Smart Lock menu.

2a. Select a known location.


2b. Tap Add Trusted Place to input a new one from Google Maps.

Trusted Faces

With trusted faces, you can use your device's front camera to unlock it. If it’s too dark and the camera can't make out your face, you can still use your default security method (PIN, password, swipe pattern).

1. Tap the Trusted Face option from the Smart Lock menu.

2. Tap the setup button.

3. Tap next, and get ready to hold your device's camera up to your face.

4. Position your face inside the dotted area until all the dots turn green.

Now your mug will unlock your device, and if it doesn’t always work, you can go back and improve the face matching for better accuracy.

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