I have enabled password protection on the lock screen on my Nexus 5 Lollipop device:

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After enabling password, I can't seem to be able to cancel it. Any idea how to go back to None or Swipe?

  • Just a suggestion, can you try this? Select Pattern > Choose and confirm a pattern > And then check if Swipe gets enabled. Nov 20, 2014 at 13:00
  • In my case None was missing entirely, I only had the four options Swipe, Pattern, PIN, Password. Deleting guest and cycling power (and possibly other actions) brought it back.
    – Bob Stein
    Sep 5, 2015 at 19:18

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This works at my device:

Settings -> Security -> Deactivate Administrators. Deactivate anything listed.

Settings -> Security -> Clear credentials.

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    I didn't need to deactivate any administrators and just needed to clear credentials
    – Populus
    Feb 2, 2015 at 19:47
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    Comment left by an anonymous user: "If this doesn't work you need to do this as well: Open notification bar, then go to Users, then Remove Guest." Jun 14, 2015 at 16:04
  • For android 6.0 on my phone, this wasn't enough. I used a 'hack' I found on a forum: set up an unlock pattern with a recovery code, lock the phone, fail the pattern on purpose multiple times and then after the one-minute waiting period, use the recovery code to log in. It takes you to security settings, after removing the screen lock on its own.
    – coyotte508
    Nov 14, 2016 at 14:43

You can simply erase you security credentials in security and this will automatically allow you to remove the lock screen on 5.0

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    This is good, but please provide more specific directions
    – s g
    Aug 26, 2015 at 18:31

Check if your credentials in security, if you have an application that requires you to have a password and delete that.

Did you encrypt the phone ? That requires a password.

Also if you are a guest you cant, but i think you already are an administrator of your own device.

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