Is it possible to hide the visual feedback on the PIN entry on the Android stock lock screen?

The feedback makes it pretty easy for anybody standing near to watch the PIN:

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I know that it is possible to disable the feedback when using a pattern, and I read tips that the pattern setting would also apply to the PIN entry, but I tried that and it didn't work.

I usually use the finger print sensor to unlock the phone, but on the rare occasions when it asks for the PIN ("for security") I always wonder why anyone would design a PIN entry screen like this.

I don't know if it matters, I'm using a bq Aquaris X. The Aquaris X5 I used before that had the same behavior (with Android 7), the HTC One before that did not (IIRC .. it's been a while).

  • I think it depends on the manufacturer of the phone. For instance, my Nexus 5 and 6 show the pin key press, but my samsung s9 does not. I have not found a way to enable/disable it. The closest I find is hiding password last character and keyboard popups. – CodeMonkey Nov 8 '18 at 19:17

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