How to make your phone lock and unlock itself automatically when you take it out of your pocket

How to make your phone lock and unlock itself automatically when you take it out of your pocket
Locking and unlocking a smartphone is something we do almost subconsciously at this point. However, this doesn't mean the process doesn't feel tedious at times. The processors and sensors inside our handsets our so powerful, why can't they simply lock and unlock the device as we take it out of out pocket?! After all, if we're taking it out, it is dead obvious that 90% of the time we intend to use it, and the other 10% we may leave it on a table, or to charge, or whatever.

While smartphone manufacturers haven't worked in this automated functionality yet, Android developers have. Meet Pocket Lock, an app that's designed to do exactly what we described - unlock your device when you take it out, and lock it when you leave it in. You can also have the app lock and unlock stuff as you wave your hand in front of it, or flip the phone upside down. But for this part, we'll focus on the pocket mode. Let's go figure it out!

1. Install Pocket Lock from the Google Play Store. It's a small, free download. Open it, tap the lock icon, then tap "Activate" to let the app access your screenlock controls.

How to make your phone lock and unlock itself automatically when you take it out of your pocket
How to make your phone lock and unlock itself automatically when you take it out of your pocket


2. Tap the wrench icon to take a look at the app's settings menu for any options you might want to adjust prior to activating it. For example, choose a preferred locking method, specify excluded application which will prevent the phone from unlocking when they are in use, or set a delay. You can also disable the app when using the device in landscape mode, or calibrate the motion sensor's angles to your liking. Once you're all set up, simply activate the app, and it should work as advertised. It mostly did for use!

How to make your phone lock and unlock itself automatically when you take it out of your pocket
How to make your phone lock and unlock itself automatically when you take it out of your pocket


3. Now, here's a pretty important part. If you want to get Pocket Lock out of your device for some reason, don't reach for Android's app uninstall menu. Instead, you'll have to tap the three-button menu, then hit Uninstall. That's how the app will disappear without a trace. Or if you don't want to uninstall, and happen to like how the app works, consider paying $0.99 for the Pro version. You will support the app developer's college tuition and unlock an unlimited number of exclusive apps!

How to make your phone lock and unlock itself automatically when you take it out of your pocket
How to make your phone lock and unlock itself automatically when you take it out of your pocket

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13 Comments

1. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

This is a Super Cool app! Good for users like me who don't care of security.

4. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I put security on lock screen. because if my phone stolen or lost. So that's y I use security on lock screen.

13. uRiBiTo666

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

Well... In case ur phone gets lost, or stolen, you could use Android Device Manager to lock it.

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I also have my Z2 to go straight to the home screen. I trust that no one will steal my phone lol

2. android_hitman unregistered

only for android, because :)

3. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Wow. An app to unlock the phone by itself because HOOMANS can't be bothered to to do a simple swipe. Wall-E days seems to be getting closer.

6. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 912; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

How is that different from anything that adds convenience to your life?... I would argue this makes people less lazy than a blender.

8. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

A remote control for a tv? Give me a break!

10. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

An engine in a car! Pfffft... Who needs those? Even the Flintstones can live without that...

5. rowdysheeter

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

lovely!

7. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

So......if someone borrows : ) your phone all they have to do is in/out pocket to unlock, great. Did I miss something?

11. Ziggy

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

I like things like these, they are pretty cool... for a while. I'm more of a locked phone kind of guy and I still think this could be of use to someone...in switzerland.

12. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Shehhsss... Anything can unbend my phone?

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