Choose when your Pixel phone can stay unlocked

You can keep your Pixel phone unlocked in some situations, like when your phone is in your pocket or connected to another device you use often. When you use Smart Lock, you only need to unlock once with your PIN, pattern, or password. The features you can use depend on your device.


Let your phone stay unlocked

  1. Make sure you have a screen lock. Learn how to set a screen lock.
  2. Open your device's Settings app.
  3. Tap Security & privacy And then More security settings And then Smart Lock.
  4. Enter your PIN, pattern, or password.
  5. Pick an option and follow the on-screen steps.

When you turn on your screen after you’ve unlocked your phone or tablet, a pulsing circle around the Lock means that your device is still unlocked. When you don't use your phone or tablet for 4 hours, and after it restarts, you'll need to unlock it.

To lock your device again, touch and hold Lock .

Turn off Smart Lock

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Security & privacy And then More security settings And then Smart Lock.
  3. Enter your PIN, pattern, or password.
  4. Tap On-body detection.
  5. Turn off Use On-body detection.
  6. Remove all trusted devices and trusted places. ​
  7. Optional: To turn off your screen lock, learn more about screen lock settings.

Learn about locking options

Lock your phone when Smart Lock is on

Turn on Lockdown

  1. Press the Power and Volume up buttons at the same time.
  2. Tap Lockdown.

Remotely lock device with Find My Device

You can remotely lock your device from another phone, tablet, or computer.

Keep your phone unlocked when it's on you

Turn on-body detection on or off

  1. In the Smart Lock menu, tap On-body detection.
  2. Turn Use On-body detection on or off.

How on-body detection works

  • After you unlock your device, it stays unlocked as long as it senses that it’s on your body. After you put down your device, like if you set it on a table, your device can take up to one minute to automatically lock.
  • On some devices, on-body detection learns the pattern of your walk. If it detects a walk that's very different, it could lock your device. If your device locks after walking, unlock the device and it will learn the changes in your walk.
  • After you get into a car, bus, train, or other vehicle, your device can take 5-10 minutes to lock.
    Important: When you're on an airplane or boat, your device could not lock automatically. Make sure to lock manually if needed.

Important: Your device stores accelerometer data about the pattern of your walk to help determine when you're carrying your device. When you turn off on-body detection, your device deletes this data.

Keep your phone unlocked when it's at a trusted place

Use trusted places

Tip: Trusted places works best with Wi-Fi.

Important: Your trusted location is an estimate

Your trusted location can go out beyond the walls of your home or custom place. It can keep your phone unlocked within a radius of up to 80 meters.

Location signals can be copied or manipulated. Someone with access to specialized equipment could unlock your phone.

Stop showing notifications on your lock screen 

Turn on Lockdown

Important: Lockdown will only work until you unlock your device. If you want keep using lockdown, turn it on each time you want to use it.
  1. Press the Power and Volume up buttons at the same time.
  2. Tap Lockdown. This turns off notifications, fingerprint unlocking, and Smart Lock while on your lock screen.
Keep your device unlocked when connected to a trusted device

Add a trusted Bluetooth device

  1. On your device, make sure that Bluetooth is on. Learn how to turn on Bluetooth.
  2. Open your device's Settings app.
  3. Tap Security & privacy and then More security settings and then Smart Lock.
  4. Tap Trusted devices and then Add trusted device.
  5. On the list of devices, tap a device.
    • You can keep your phone or tablet unlocked for longer when it's connected to a trusted device, like a Bluetooth watch or car speaker system. We recommend avoiding devices that are always with your phone or tablet, like Bluetooth keyboards or cases.
  6. Optional: To remove a Bluetooth device, tap the device you want to remove. Then, tap Remove.
  7. Unlock your device. If it's connected to the trusted device, it will stay unlocked.

Important: Make sure you're secure when using trusted Bluetooth devices

It's possible that someone could keep your device unlocked by imitating your Bluetooth connection.

If you get a notification on your device: When your device can't determine that you're using a secure connection, you'll get a notification. You could need to unlock your device.

Bluetooth connectivity range can vary. Range depends on factors like your device model, Bluetooth device, and current environment. Bluetooth connectivity can be up to 100 meters. If someone takes your phone or tablet while it's near your trusted device, and if your trusted device has unlocked it, that person could access your device.

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