You can set up a screen lock to help secure your Android phone or tablet. Each time you turn on your device or wake up the screen, you’ll be asked to unlock your device, usually with a PIN, pattern, or password. On some devices, you can unlock with your fingerprint or face.
- Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.
- Some of these steps require you to touch the screen.
Set or change a screen lock
Important: To ensure your automatic and manual backups are encrypted with your screen lock, use a PIN, pattern, or a password. Learn how to back up or restore data on your phone.
- Open your Settings app.
- Tap Security.
- To pick a kind of screen lock, tap Screen lock.
- If you’ve already set a lock, you’ll need to enter your PIN, pattern, or password before you can pick a different lock.
- Tap the screen lock option you’d like to use. Follow the on-screen instructions.
- To change your screen lock's settings, next to "Screen lock," tap Settings . Settings include automatic lock timing, Power button locking, and a lock screen message.
Screen lock options
- If your phone has a fingerprint sensor, you can unlock your phone with your fingerprint. Learn how to unlock with your fingerprint.
- On Pixel 4 and Pixel 7 or later, you can use Face Unlock to unlock your phone. Learn more about Face Unlock.
- Keep your device unlocked for longer in certain conditions, like when your device is at home. Learn how to turn on Smart Lock.
Tip: You can temporarily turn off fingerprint unlocking and Smart Lock by turning on lockdown. Learn how to use lockdown.