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
I use screen taps
I use biometrics like a fingerprint scanner or face recognition
I draw a pattern or a secret gesture
I use a PIN or password
I use a 3rd party app to voice unlock, play a short game, solve a puzzle/quiz, etc.
Nothing, my lock key press goes straight to the homescreen



1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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: Nov 19, 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: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 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: 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.

4. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Nothing for me. I find them tedious.

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!

6. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Swipe to wake and swipe (on navbar) to sleep

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.

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

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.

10. ecdumb

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

Double tap to wake, then slide my finger up

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

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...

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....

14. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

I press the Navi button and the * button.

15. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Touch ID; i'll never go back to anything else :)

16. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Face recognition for quick unlocking.

23. ZeroCide

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

THis is probably slower that the finger swipe method.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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... :-(

25. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

"I use my buttocks" ~ Forrest Gump

27. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

I disable the lock screen, hate it

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