What method do you use for unlocking your phone or tablet's display?

What method do you use for unlocking your phone or tablet's display?
Apple's Touch ID started a fingerprint sensor craze, LG recently introduced its Knock Code display unlocking method, and there are numerous other ingenious ways to get your phone out of its slumber, and start using it. Ever since the slide-to-unlock feature on the first iPhone, manufacturers have been clamoring to differentiate their phones or with sliding, tapping, or other gesture unlocking maneuvers.

Then there is the added protection against intrusion into your phone's or tablet's personal space, in the form of fingerprint sensors, face recognition, keying in PINs/passwords, drawing patterns, screen tap combinations, and so on. Some third party apps even go as far as making you solve a puzzle, or play a short quiz before you can reach your homescreen. Alternatively, some people can't be bothered, and have removed the lock screen step altogether, so pressing on the power/lock key takes them straight to the homescreen. That's why we wanted to ask how do you personally unlock your display, and whether you use extra protection like passwords or pattern draw unlocking. Pick your method of preference below, and tell us why did you go with this one in the comments.

What method do you use to unlock your phone or tablet's display?

I slide my fingers on the display
35.92%
I use screen taps
8.08%
I use biometrics like a fingerprint scanner or face recognition
4.6%
I draw a pattern or a secret gesture
24.43%
I use a PIN or password
16.59%
I use a 3rd party app to voice unlock, play a short game, solve a puzzle/quiz, etc.
0.87%
Nothing, my lock key press goes straight to the homescreen
9.51%

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34 Comments

32. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

I just use the auto on/off feature of the s-view case with my note 3. The most convenient of them all.

29. pokerc

Posts: 61; Member since: May 24, 2012

I think sliding is pointless either have a security lock or no lock at all

30. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Free will/choice is a bitch aint it?

35. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

28. 3rdDegree

Posts: 218; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

I use knock codeā„¢ on the G Pro 2, it actually is a really neat feature and not as susceptible to to compromise as some may think

27. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

I disable the lock screen, hate it

25. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

"I use my buttocks" ~ Forrest Gump

24. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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... :-(

22. Ishmeet

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 16, 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: 658; Member since: May 16, 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 unregistered

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?

20. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 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.

19. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 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.

18. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 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.

17. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 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.

16. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Face recognition for quick unlocking.

23. ZeroCide

Posts: 819; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

THis is probably slower that the finger swipe method.

14. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

I press the Navi button and the * button.

13. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I just use normal samsung lock screen....swype anywhere to unlock...and I use smart lock to safeguard some apps....

12. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 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...

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

pin makes it more convenient but that's just my opinion

10. ecdumb

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

Double tap to wake, then slide my finger up

9. redbaronk12

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 14, 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.

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

6. uchihakurtz

Posts: 429; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Swipe to wake and swipe (on navbar) to sleep

5. firozerakib

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Regular lock screen. Simple is awesome :) Also, some people would notice "Apple...started...craze" Gotta admit, though, the Touch ID was fun!

4. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Nothing for me. I find them tedious.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

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