Did you know: people unlock their phones an average 100 times a day


Did you know that the average person unlocks their phone 100 times a day? It is true, and unlike many stats coming from limited data sets, this piece of information comes from the best source for such stats: Google itself.

In a leaked slide from a presentation for Google employees pitching the new Nexus phones, Google mentions this interesting and round number.

The context of the mention is the new fingerprint scanner used in the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P: it is novel in the way that it allegedly does not require you to first unlock the screen and then use it - a single tap on the reader will unlock the phone with no additional steps required. So far, Huawei is the only phone maker that we know of to use the same fast unlock method, while Samsung and Apple both require you to first unlock the screen before you are allowed to unlock via a fingerprint scanner.

Interestingly, you can check how many times on average you unlock your phone in a simple way: just download one of the multiple unlock counters from the Google Play Store or Apple's App Store. How much do you get?

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20 Comments

1. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I Don't Lock My Phone. And When I Use To Lock It I'm Sure I Unlocked My Phone Under 50 Times.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Ever since I have been using a smart watch. I have been using trusted devices or since lollipop now I use the built in smart lock. So I never have to unlock my device during the day. The only time I have to unlock it is when my watch gets out of range from my smart phone or I haven't used it for more than 4 hours.

9. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I Use Trusted Places.

2. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

awesome. .but how about it will be very "fragile " as in ..there'll be many accidental unlocks. .wch can lead to undesirable phone actions ¿¿¿

12. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

If you're always "fingering" the scanner you might want to look into other lock methods which aren't going away.

3. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

wow those amoled, ips screens are very durable.

4. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Windows hello making this obsolete

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

No it doesn't. Sure there is camera related logins like face and Iris recognition. There is even voice logins. They have been around for years, even other platforms have them. However this Nexus finger print scanner is not just another finger print scanner that uses a camera. This scanner is using ultrasounds to scan your finger print. So your fingers could be dirty, wet, or even your hands could be wearing thin gloves, and it will still scan and work under those conditions. Whereas camera finger print scanners like the ones found on the iPhones would fail every time under those conditions. Not to mention there is also other login methods like smart lock or trusted devices which uses a trusted Bluetooth device to keep your device unlocked while the two devices are near each other (smart watches, headset, speakers, ...). There is NFC unlocking as well. So there is all kinds of methods to help users quickly login and kepp you logged in.

20. AlikMalix unregistered

iPhone 5s Touch ID unlocks my phone with sweaty, somewhat moist and dirty hands (maybe with a seldom misfire, but most of the time it will work - I know, because I'm a contractor and spend my working hours unlocking my iphone under these conditions all the time. I work on my cars too and my hands are sometimes nearly black from oil and gunk and iPhone will unlock it nearly every time. And if you take a surgical glove and stretch it over the sensor, it will unlock it too (just stumbled on to that one by chance). Your point, "Whereas camera finger print scanners like the ones found on the iPhones would fail every time under those conditions"... is not really true.. But props to Nexus if this ultrasound thing works well...

5. MSi_GS70 unregistered

Definitely not me.. That are those teen girls and some even 20-25 years old women..

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's the iPhone users. As Tim Cook says, people jsut love using their iPhones. I love using my S6 Edge+, but not to unlock it 100 times in a day. If you need to use your phone that much, why even lock it?

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Just use a smart watch with your Android phone. You only have to unlock it once for the entire day.

16. mrochester

Posts: 1032; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Yeah but you have to buy a smartwatch ;)

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? Because most people have their phones glued to their hands and faces, I don't see the need to unlock it when there device never gets to lock. I recently visited a local college campus to help setup some equipment for a presentation and we were still setting up when one of the classes started. At least 1/3 of the class after only being in the room 10 mins were just scrolling on their phones vs paying attention. People walking down the street. I have seen so many people so into their phones they walk out into traffic and almost get hit. They don't even care. Driving people holding up traffic to play with their phones when they should be paying attention to the road. This is why most peoples phones die on them in a matter of hours. They have no self control. I can't even imagine unlocking my phone 100 times in a day, I must be the minority.

18. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

U are not the only one. I wonder who are those ppl who locked their phone? Do they ever use it?

13. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

huh Lumia 640XL?

14. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Yes. So why they put the fingerprint scanner on the back?

15. argtx

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

my count is 300+. thanks Sony for tap to wake and long battery life on my Z2

17. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I never locked my phone since 2011. Most ppl I know also don't lock their phone also. Too much work unlocking the phone every time u want to change music or reply to messages. Another useless feature, I would never use.

19. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

I don't lock it per se.. just the swiping thingy and I am good to go... Does it count?

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