Questions tagged [lock-screens]

Use this tag for issues with Android's lock screen (the one protecting your device from unauthorized/accidental use. If applicable, consider using a more specific tag, such as e.g. 'face-unlock', 'pattern-lock', or 'locked-out'. See the full tag wiki for additional details and hints.

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How to switch user profile based on password / lockscreen pattern

Currently, I have a family use tablet running on 4.2 Jellybean Model is Ainol Novo7 Flame, a cheap Nexus7 alternative. Nexus7 is quite expensive in my country on its release so I bought this one ...
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How to unlock device when I forgot my password?

I've read Recovering from forgotten lock pattern which states that there is an option to disable the lock using my Google account information. However I did not noticed such an option when I entered ...
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Access data on device with broken screen (Samsung Galaxy Ace 4)

The screen on my Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 broke (running Android 4.4) and I really, really wish to get all my photos and other data off it. The phone has a pattern lock screen as well as an additional PIN ...
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Force inactivity lock on application that circumvents it

I have a game that disables inactivity lock on my phone as long as it is foreground (there's enough ways to do that if you look around on development SE sites). This is generally a good thing, since ...
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Always show next Calendar appointment on lock-screen

One feature I dreadfully miss from Windows Phone was that my next calendar event was always displayed on my lockscreen: I now use the Outlook application on Android to manage my daily life. Is there ...
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Disable swipe lock screen on Galaxy S4 running JellyBean

Every since my Galaxy S4 phone was upgraded to Android 4.3 (Verizon), I have had a problem disabling the swipe lock screen. I go to Settings -> My Device -> Lock Screen -> Screen Lock: If I ...
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How to prevent buttons from activating screen

When I take my Android phone from my trousers pocket the screen is often activated since any press to the search, home, back or menu button activates the screen. Of course, this is a major battery ...
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Stop bluetooth answered or outgoing call from automatically unlocking screen

When I get in the car I leave the phone in my pocket. Then when the phone rings, I answer the call through the car's controls, but the problem is that this unlocks the screen. This causes buttons on ...
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Answer without unlocking in android 5.0

I recently upgraded my nexus 4 to android 5.0 (Via OTA update). Now, for some reason, when I get a phone call the screen is black and I have to press the power button ress/swipe the lock icon on ...
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Samsung Galaxy S plus is becoming unresponsive when locked

My samsung was working away perfectly yesterday and then was on my bedside locker when I tried to check the time the lock screen came up very faded almost its hard to describe but it was unresponsive ...
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Hide the PIN entry on stock lock screen

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: I know that it is possible ...
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How can I remotely unlock my phone with a non-working display?

I have a Samsung S5, model SAMSUNG-SM-G900A. My screen was already fairly damaged and I could not get a replacement yet, and today my phone fell and the screen is now completely black (although the ...
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Can't change lock screen to a non-password option

This is on a Galaxy Note 3. On Kitkat, in order to access work email we had to install MobileIron, which is a horrible suite of supposedly secure apps. As part of the installation I had to define ...
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Most complex locked phone ever, needs a genius to solve

Is there any hope. I feel I have exhausted all the options I have any knowledge of. I’ll explain the situation and methods i have tried. I broke the screen on my galaxy s2 causing the touch screen ...
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Use “Lock Screen” as Daydream option

maybe its too simple a question, but I need to figure out how I can just use my lock-screen as daydream option for an android lollipop device. What I want is to see the normal lock screen while ...
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How can I have a different lock screen photo every time?

is it possible to always have the same lock screen photo and wallpaper, I want a different photo every time I open my phone. I got an app that can change my wallpaper but is it possible to make it ...
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How to set a better encryption password

How would I go about setting a stronger password for disk encryption on my android device? I had set a PIN already before enabling full disk encryption, and it proceeded to use that PIN as the ...
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How to change the order of the users on the lock screen?

I have setup a tablet for my 2yo son. I am the primary user, with root access, etc. Because of this, I am the first user on the lock screen. I would prefer if the tablet defaulted to his user account, ...
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Is there a way to have pattern lock that doesn't prompt for X minutes yet still requires some action other than pushing a button (e.g. like iOS)?

I want the lock screen for my Android (currently running a CyanogenMod 10.2 nightly) to behave more like that of iOS, where I can have a delay on when I need to re-enter the pattern/pass-code, but ...
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Android 4 don't require unlock at home

In the Android OS version 4, what would I have to do to require a pass code to unlock the phone when I'm away from home, but when I'm at my home, I don't need pass-code restrictions. Detecting ...
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How to set a default keyboard language on the lock screen?

I have multiple languages set up on my keyboard (and using Swype primarily). Since my password consists of English letters, if my keyboard was last used in a different language, I have to first ...
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Prevent activating silent mode when screen is locked

Is there a way to prevent turning the sound (silencing the phone) off from the lock screen? This is a Motorola Droid 4. I notice I've missed calls and check only to find that the sound has been ...
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Change the keyboard at the password unlock screen

I have a Samsung Galaxy 4.2 player. I've gotten this to replace my old IPod Touch. I've been happy with it, but I'm having a problem with the unlock screen. I've set my unlock screen to use a ...
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Can the lock screen in CM12 be set to show the keypad immediately on turning the screen on, instead of having to slide the padlock icon?

Yesterday I installed Cyanogenmod (NIGHTLY 20150128, Android version 5.0.2) on my Galaxy S5 (SM-G900F), and so far I'm very happy with it, except for one little annoyance. Having to slide the padlock ...
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How to remove an image saved as wallpaper from lock screen android 4.4.2

Micromax Canvas 2 colors with android 4.4.2 is my first smart phone and im finding my way around slowly. Please can someone urgently help with my issue below? Recently i saw an image on a website of ...
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lock screen is not changing after updating 4.4.2

I have updated my Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 to 4.4.2 and after that I'm not able to change my lock screen wallpaper. It always shows a wallpaper which is already in the device which has red background. ...
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Broke my Nexus 4 screen, is there a plug & play keyboard so I can unlock it?

I broke the screen on my Nexus 4 and it has a passcode for the lock screen. Is there any way I can unlock it without fixing the screen, e.g. buying some sort plug & play keyboard for the micro-USB ...
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What does it mean an ugly pop-up with an smiley face on my lock screen?

I've been getting pop-ups in the lock screen of my "Huawei Honor 6X" like this: The notifications appear at random times. There is nothing else on the pop-up other than the smiley face made of ASCII ...
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Double tap doesn't work on lock-screen

I have an Asus Zenfone 2 with Android 6.0.1 on it. Up until recently, when the phone was locked I could double-tap to launch the lock screen. I don't remember what I messed with, but recently, when ...
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Note 8 lock screen PIN differs from startup?

I'm trying to fix a Note 8 that seems to be in a weird state. The correct PIN should be 4 digits. The lock screen won't accept the PIN (the OK button stays greyed out until I hit 6 digits, at which ...
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How can I copy *everything* from one phone to another?

I have a Galaxy S7. I bought a Galaxy S8. I prefer answers that are more general, but I will accept answers specific to copying the experience between these two phones. I have tried a few options to "...
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Nougat: force to enter PIN and disable fingerprint every hour or every 10th time

Is it possible to set Android 7 Nougat to ask for the PIN every hour or every 10th time, when using fingerprint to unlock a phone? The fingerprint unlocking is very convenient, but it seems not that ...
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How to disable fingerprint from opening a locked phone, but enable for applications?

In Android 6.0.1, there is an option to 'Enable fingerprint' in Application lock, but it forces the phone to be unlocked via fingerprints. Since most likely, the application lock only prevents ...
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What “password” am I being prompted for before a wipe?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 with Verizon. I've also had my phone wiped 4 times because of our corporate policy requiring a device wipe after 4 or 5 attempts and, when hiking with my phone in my pocket, ...
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How to know which installed app can show before my native lock screen?

My question stems from this question about an app showing a custom view (with ads) before the lock screen. As of now none of the answers there provides a technical way to filter out the concerned app ...
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Change weather widget location on lockscreen

I set the location for the weather/time-date widget on my home screen to a fix location, instead of 'current location'. (I have turned of mobile data and location services to improve battery life, so ...
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Can I DISABLE the lock screen bypass for incoming calls?

I use a pattern lock on my phone to prevent bumdialing. Recently I got a call when the phone was in my pocket, which I was only aware of when I later on took out my phone to look at it. I had ...
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Active lockscreen and do no disturb mode

Recently got a Nexus 5X with Android 6.0.1. Non-root. The setting under "Display -> Active Lockscreen" toggles whether to "wake the screen when I pick up the device or receives messages". I like ...
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How do I stop unwanted information from being listed on the lock screen?

No - This is not about "sensitive information". I just upgraded to Lollipop and my lock screen display was changed by the upgrade. On the lock screen I now see notifications for text messages; ...
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Prevent Accidental Reboots when holding down the power button

I often end up accidentally rebooting my Nexus 6 while having it in my pocket, because the power buttons gets pushed for more than 10 seconds. Considering the long boot times, this can be very ...
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SystemUI/lockscreen malfunction on DROID Turbo

I have a Motorola DROID Turbo running Android 5.1, unrooted, and I cannot unlock the phone because the lockscreen does not appear. This problem started occurring after the phone ran out of battery and ...
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Using a custom Lock Screen does not unlock the SIM (PIN)

When using Hi Locker as my lock screen, my Android Lollipop device does not prompt me for my SIM PIN upon boot -- and leaves the SIM card locked (therefore providing no service). Details: I'm ...
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Lollipop: secure lock screen menu options

This is just an extension of the previously asked question. I have upgraded Google Nexus 5 with android 5.0.1 Lollipop. We can toggle wifi, data, flight mode and other options from locked screen. ...
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How do I keep my camera active on Android even when the phone is locked and screen sleeps?

When I play Ingress, Ingress remains active. Even when my screen goes black, if I push the power button, Ingress is still active. I do not need to unlock my phone nor wait for it to "wake up". (The ...
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ICE (Emergency) contacts from lock screen - how to access when SIP is configured?

Using Android version 4.4.2 (on Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini). I have added one of my contacts to the OS built-in ICE contact group and assigned to one of the four emergency contact buttons that are shown ...
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Lollipop PIN unlock - possible to hide large button feedback on screen?

The PIN unlock screen in Android 5.0/Lollipop displays a very large animated circle under each number that you press (I'm using a Nexus 5). Is there any way to disable that? It seems like it would be ...
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Android lock screen won't accept password from Android Device Manager

I have Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo with android 4 TouchWiz (I'm not sure about the exact version). I've locked my phone using Android device manager. It seems successful, the recovery message is displayed ...
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How do I set an image as my custom lock screen image without any widgets on Android 4.4.4?

I have made an image that I'd like to use as my lockscreen "wallpaper". Except, I don't want it to be a wallpaper, I want it to be the only thing I see on the lockscreen with no unlock button or ...
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Lock screen notifications not useful - how do I change it?

The first screenshot is when my locked Samsung Galaxy Note 3 AT&T wakes up when receiving a notification. I'm not too pleased with the lack of information displayed. How can I have it display the ...
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Android equivalent to LockInfo

I am looking for an alternative to my jailbroken iPhone lockscreen, I currently use LockInfo http://www.lockinfo.net/ I have googled and the only alternative I have seen is WidgetLocker https://...