On my Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi with Android 5.0.1 Lollipop I used the Slide setting for the lock screen. To experiment with a VPN, I switched to pattern lock.

After deleting the VPN entry I had created, I tried to switch back to Slide. However, the Slide and None options are grayed out and unusable under Settings -> Security -> Screen lock. Only the Pattern, PIN, and Password options are available.

How can I switch from Pattern to Slide?

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Try this:

  1. Open your Settings.
  2. Scroll down and select Security.
  3. Clear Credentials.
  4. Check the Screen Lock setting to see if the low-security options are now enabled.

If that doesn't work, you can revert your lockscreen security to Slide.

  1. Set your lockscreen security to Pattern from Settings>Security>Screen Lock.
  2. Click the power button on your phone to lock it.
  3. Click the power button again, but don't unlock your phone. There should be a button labelled Forgot Password. Note: On some devices, you may need to incorrectly enter the password/pattern several times until that option appears.
  4. Enter your Google account credentials.
  5. Your lock settings should now be Slide. Note: With this method, the option for Slide security will still by disabled, but you should still have it as the lockscreen security on your phone.

In my case (Sony Z3 Compact, stock Lollipop) it was sufficient to just remove VNP record to make swype unlock method available again.

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