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?


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.
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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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