What method do you use for unlocking your phone or tablet's display?
- What method do you use to unlock your phone or tablet's display?
578 votes (578 votes) I slide my fingers on the display
130 votes (130 votes) I use screen taps
74 votes (74 votes) I use biometrics like a fingerprint scanner or face recognition
393 votes (393 votes) I draw a pattern or a secret gesture
267 votes (267 votes) I use a PIN or password
14 votes (14 votes) I use a 3rd party app to voice unlock, play a short game, solve a puzzle/quiz, etc.
153 votes (153 votes) Nothing, my lock key press goes straight to the homescreen
1. Sniggly (Posts: 7048; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I slide my fingers on the display. My phone is with me virtually every moment of my day, so I value convenience over security. Of course, my phone's active display makes that option even easier. Though I do have one of those NFC security things so I could try that and keep my phone locked. Though then I'd have to remember to wear that everywhere.
2. Finalflash (Posts: 1765; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
You could get one of those NFC rings that was on kickstarter. Other than that I have just removed the lock screen altogether so pressing power goes straight to home screen now.
31. Nexus_bear (Posts: 32; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)
I used to use Samsungs Smart Tags when I had my S3 and S4 but now I tried the App "UNLOCK WITH WiFi" so that if I am at a trusted WiFi hotspot (my house, work, family) my device wont lock but once I leave the hotspot I am required to enter my PIN. Its pretty awesome, and works with any Android device except it only works with PIN and PASSWORD options.
33. buccob (Posts: 1429; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Sadly my country is not a good place for unsecured phones...
I've been robbed twice already...
I would love fingerprint scanner like my old Atrix. (which to me it still have the best placement for the sensor), but I have to settle for pattern now...
And hope I don't have to use Android Device Manager in the future.
3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)
PIN for me. I'll be transitioning to biometrics next week with my S5 though.
21. Sauce (unregistered)
Let me know how it goes. I've been hearing that the S5's biometric system is a complete flop. Looking for first hand feedback.
5. firozerakib (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Apr 2014)
Regular lock screen. Simple is awesome :)
Also, some people would notice "Apple...started...craze"
Gotta admit, though, the Touch ID was fun!
6. uchihakurtz (Posts: 247; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Swipe to wake and swipe (on navbar) to sleep
7. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2781; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Power button + a swipe is the best. Who would steal my phone anyways. And if does, it doesn't matter if it has a code or not.
8. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 906; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
I use both swipe and pincode. When I'm at work, at home or a friend's place, I can just swipe. In other situations, I need a pin
9. redbaronk12 (Posts: 26; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)
Pin lock. Not allowed to synch with work email and calendar without it. Would be nice to be able to put certain apps behind some kind of security so I could get to all the others without having to unlock.
11. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6499; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
pin makes it more convenient but that's just my opinion
12. tasior (Posts: 215; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)
Symbian slider - if You don't need security it's the best solution ever. You can unlock the screen while You're taking the phone out of the pocket. Before it reaches Your eyes it's unlocked.
It's sad, that no other company adopted this solution...
13. shuaibhere (Posts: 1429; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
I just use normal samsung lock screen....swype anywhere to unlock...and I use smart lock to safeguard some apps....
14. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
I press the Navi button and the * button.
15. Leo_MC (Posts: 531; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
Touch ID; i'll never go back to anything else :)
23. ZeroCide (Posts: 692; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
THis is probably slower that the finger swipe method.
17. Karriope (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
I use standard swipe. My devices are generally always in my care, plus I really don't like how inelegant security functions look, they don't seem integrated/visually customized at all.
If they managed to make a elegant pattern method in Android that didn't present me with the pattern pad first thing instead of showing me my wallpaper and shortcut/widgets I might change my mind, but other than that the inconvenience is annoying too.
18. fzacek (Posts: 1693; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
I like to switch mine up occasionally, so sometimes I use slide to unlock and sometimes I use pattern unlock. They're the fastest and most convenient options.
19. ojdidit84 (Posts: 331; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
Face unlock. I've calibrated so many different angles and lighting conditions. It recognizes me right away and I hardly ever see the face unlock screen searching for a face.
20. Stuntman (Posts: 720; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
Pattern lock seems to be the most popular method that has some form of security. I use that because it is so quick to unlock and offers some security.
22. Ishmeet (Posts: 111; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)
For the time being, Swipe to unlock. But really wish that all android devices included the double tap to wake feature. Not a single custom kernel maker has tried to port it onto any device despite the possibility.
26. marbovo (Posts: 652; Member since: 16 May 2013)
I don't know, but maybe if the phone does not have a specific core for those kind of low tasks, it will be a battery hunger feature
34. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2189; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Perhaps I'm confused by what you mean, but my friend ported Sense 6.0 to his M7. It has the double tap to wake feature. Is that what you mean?
24. jroc74 (Posts: 4798; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I slide my fingers too.
At one time I needed gestures, pins because my kids were doing too much on my phones.
I decided to do my job as a parent....and its not needed anymore....lol.
But...if my phone is ever lost or stolen... Even then I have everything set to not save passwords, password needed for the Play Store. They will see texts and pics tho... :-(
28. 3rdDegree (Posts: 171; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)
I use knock code™ on the G Pro 2, it actually is a really neat feature and not as susceptible to to compromise as some may think
29. pokerc (Posts: 55; Member since: 24 May 2012)
I think sliding is pointless either have a security lock or no lock at all
35. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2189; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
It's not pointless. The power button on my phone gets pushed in my pocket occasionally. Without the slide to unlock feature, the screen would stay on in my pocket for 2 minutes. Any incidental touches in that time & the 2 minutes gets reset. With slide to unlock, if you don't unlock it within 10-15 seconds of pushing the power button, the screen turns off.
32. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)
I just use the auto on/off feature of the s-view case with my note 3. The most convenient of them all.