Here's how to bypass your lock screen with Android 5.0 Lollipop's new Smart Lock feature


With Android 5.0 Lollipop just around the corner, more and more features of the newest confectionery update of Google's OS break cover and treat us to some not-so-groundbreaking, yet extremely useful and well-thought improvements here or there, which aim to make our everyday lives a tad easier. Then again, apart from the noticeable differences that Material Design brings about, as well as the overhauled notifications drawer, Lollipop also flaunts numerous under-the-hood goodies, lots of which are security ones.

One of these, i.e. Smart Lock, might come in quite handy to those users that usually pair a Bluetooth accessory with their Android smartphone. What Smart Lock does is, simply put, quite... smart. The idea behind Smart Lock is that you can easily bypass your PIN, password, or pattern-enabled screen lock if your phone is paired with a particular Bluetooth accessory or with another NFC-enabled device. You need to have such a security measure enabled, of course. Thanks to Smart Lock, your device assumes that it's perfectly safe to let you bypass the, say, PIN lock screen if your smart watch, for example, is paired with the phone.

We'll show you how to set up and make use of Smart Lock on your Android 5.0 device right below. Don't worry, it's a child's play, but take into consideration that you should have a Bluetooth or NFC accessory of some kind. Alternatively, this feature allows you to bypass your lock screen by recognizing your face, but we generally feel that this feature is not trustworthy enough.

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14 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Saw this when I downloaded the preview and ordered an NFC ring right away. Can't wait to try it out when it gets here. Sadly shipping from China takes about a month lol.

2. Firedogee

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Pretty sure I'm already doing this on my KitKat powered Droid Turbo. Both in the car with BT stereo and with my Moto Buds.

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Google has been borrowing from Motorola for a while now. Motorola was the first to do active listening, active display, NFC unlock (Well, at least as far as I'm aware of). It makes you wonder why they ever sold the company taking into account all the innovation that was coming from them.

7. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I think it is more like...google experimenting those features with moto to see public reaction.. Because motorola started to gain traction when it did things google way.... It's just my opinion though...

9. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

... Meh, it's possible I suppose.

12. YourNickname

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

They sold it because 1)the primary os maker competing against oems by owning an oem leads to eventual favoritism lawsuits/seperation. And 2) although google sold Motorolla to Lenovo, Google still owns motorollas huge patent portfolio. Lenovo has use of some 2000 patents of google's motorolla's patents portfolio as per the agreements of the sale.

5. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Same here. Works great in my car. How are you liking the Turbo?

6. Firedogee

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Can't say enough good things about the Turbo. It's not perfect and the camera could use some improvements for fast action shots, but overall it is my favorite phone ever. The totally redesigned the Droid to be much more aesthetically pleasing and feels nice in the hand. It's got a big, beautiful screen but it's the perfect size bc it can still be operated with one hand. Buttery smooth performance and fast as anything on the market with near stock Android. I got the 64gb ballistic nylon version and it looks and feels great. This is not your grandfather's Droid! Lol

8. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I agree about the camera. I would also add in call volume tends to be kind of low. Speaker phone works great though. I love the moto software. I have it set up for when i am home, it tells me who is calling or texting me. It also picks up my voice very well when i respond to text messages using my voice. Very accurate. The battery is incredible. I charge the phone every other day. I also purchased the 64GB ballistic version. I came from the Droid Razr Maxx so this is a considerable upgrade for me.

4. surethom

Posts: 1719; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Wish they would add Wifi as well, I live alone so dont need my phone locked when at home.

10. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I think this feature would be much more useful if it worked when connected to Wi-Fi...

11. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Already enjoying it on my Xperia Z2. Sony has implemented it already on top of Android 4.4.

13. BailRentzias

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

If you forget the screen password or your smartphone is out of order, you will need Dr.Fone for Android to remove the screen lock. It removes the pattern, fingerprints, PIN and password without data loss. youtu.be/rXADgwgVk_Y

14. AliceMamadou

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

Here is another way to unlock pattern lock for Samsung Galaxy phones, and no data loss youtube.com/watch?v=lw4ueft-t_I

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