My kids often play with my phone which has a pattern lock screen, and it gets locked due to many attempts, then the phone is locked out and requires a password.

I use 2-step verification, so in order to unlock the phone, I must get a connected computer, and regenerate a password and reconnect the email and other programs in it.
This all process is redundant to me and very annoying and frustrating.

Is there any possible way to disable this nasty "feature"?

p.s., my phone is rooted of course, if that says anything.

  • Nice Question...
    – iOS
    Aug 13, 2012 at 20:36

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The simplest solution would be to remove the lock screen but that leads to a whole new set of problems.

I would recommend switching to another type of lock screen such as PIN input or password input. That way the OK button must be pressed in order to submit a password attempt.

The most effective solution of course - don't give your smartphone to your kids. :-)

  • I do need the lock screen, I just don't want any features I never asked for. Apr 10, 2012 at 19:07
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    Use a third party lockscreen like WidgetLocker. It should work as intended
    – Sparx
    Apr 11, 2012 at 14:36
  • @Sparks did u try it? Apr 11, 2012 at 18:34
  • Paid user. I use the ICS-like animation where one has to drag the lock icon in one of four directions to either unlock or directly launch an app of choice. You can also set it to unlock using a hardware button like the home or back keys. Mind you - there's zero security this way.
    – Sparx
    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:06
  • @Shimmy - I've written about WidgetLocker, NOT GoLocker. :-) | play.google.com/store/apps/…
    – Sparx
    Apr 17, 2012 at 7:31

I have used Secure Settings, although it does not always work as advertised. I use this with Locale to simply disable the lockscreen when I'm in certain locations.


Why not install a sandbox which will prevent this kind of thing from happening?

It is a form of parental control and content management so that certain apps are locked out from kids.

And the bonus - with the sandbox activated, you can still give it to your kids to play with. And no messing about with settings, deleting certain things such as contacts, sms etc.

For example (take this with a pinch of salt here), accidentally buying an app from the Google Play Store without your knowledge.

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