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 Extend Unlock, you only need to unlock once with your PIN, pattern or password. The features you can use depend on your device.

Important:

Let your phone stay unlocked

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

​Important: When Extend Unlock is turned on and active, an Unlock icon Unlocked is displayed on your lock screen. Extend Unlock will keep your device unlocked for up to fours hours at a time.

To lock your device again:

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

Turn off extend unlock

  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Security and 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 Extend Unlock 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. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Security and privacy and then More security and privacy and then Extend Unlock and then On-body detection.
  3. 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.
  • 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 aeroplane 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 device unlocked within a radius of up to 100 meters.

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

Stop showing notifications on your lock screen 

Turn on lockdown

Important: Lockdown will only work until you unlock your device. If you want to keep using lockdown, turn it on each time that 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 Extend Unlock 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 and privacy and then More security and privacy and then Extend Unlock.
  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 that 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 to only use 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 metres. 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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