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 that you use often. When you use Smart Lock, you only need to unlock once with your PIN, pattern or password. The features that you can use depend on your device.

If you want to change your screen lock, learn more about screen lock settings.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Find out how to check your Android version.

Let your phone stay unlocked

  1. Make sure that you have a screen lock. Learn how to set a screen lock.
  2. Open your phone's Settings app.
  3. Tap Security 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, a pulsing circle around the Lock Unlocked means that your phone is still unlocked.

To lock your phone again, touch and hold Lock Unlocked.

Important: When you don't use your phone for 4 hours, and after it restarts, you'll need to unlock it.

Turn off Smart Lock

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Security And then Smart Lock.
  3. Enter your PIN, pattern or password.
  4. Tap On-body detection, then turn off Smart Lock On-body detection.
  5. Remove all trusted devices and trusted places.
  6. Optional: To turn off your screen lock, find out how to change your screen lock.

Learn about locking options

Keep your phone unlocked when it's on you

You can keep your phone unlocked when you're carrying it in your hand, pocket or bag.

Turn On-body detection on or off

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

Use On-body detection

  • After you unlock your phone, it stays unlocked as long as it senses that it’s on your body. After you put down your phone, like if you set it on a table, your phone can take up to 1 minute to automatically lock.
  • On some phones, On-body detection learns the pattern of your walk. If it detects a walk that's very different, it could lock your phone. If your phone locks after walking, unlock the phone and it will learn the changes in your walk.
  • After you get into a car, bus, train or other vehicle, your phone can take 5–10 minutes to lock.
    Important: When you're on an aeroplane or boat, your phone can not lock automatically. Make sure that you lock it manually if needed. Learn how.

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

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

Use trusted places

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 metres.

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

Stop showing notifications on your lock screen 

You can turn off notifications, fingerprint or face recognition unlocking, and Smart Lock while on your lock screen with lockdown.

Show the lockdown option in your power settings

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Display And then Advanced And then Lock screen display.
  3. Turn on Show lockdown option. The lockdown button will show in the list of settings when you press the power button.

Turn on lockdown

Lockdown will only work until you unlock your phone. If you want to keep using lockdown, turn it on each time that you want to use it.
  1. Hold the power button for a couple of seconds.
  2. Tap lockdown.
Keep your device unlocked when connected to a trusted device

You can keep your phone unlocked for longer when it's connected to a trusted device, like a Bluetooth watch or car speaker system. You must unlock your phone before it stays unlocked.

We recommend avoiding devices that are always with your phone, like Bluetooth keyboards or cases.

Add a Bluetooth device

  1. On your device, make sure that Bluetooth is on. Find out how to turn Bluetooth on.
  2. Open your phone's Settings app.
  3. Tap Security and then Smart Lock.
  4. Tap Trusted devices and then Add trusted device.
  5. On the list of devices, tap a device.
  6. Optional: To remove a Bluetooth device, tap the device that you want to remove. Then, tap OK.

 

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

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

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

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

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