What method do you use for unlocking your phone or tablet's display?
posted by Daniel P. / Apr 03, 2014, 6:41 AM
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.Then there is the added protection against intrusion into your phone's or tablet's personal space, in the form of fingerprint sensors,
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
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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.
posted on Apr 03, 2014, 6:43 AM 4
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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.
posted on Apr 03, 2014, 8:18 PM 0
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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.
posted on Apr 04, 2014, 10:47 AM 0
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PIN for me. I'll be transitioning to biometrics next week with my S5 though.
posted on Apr 03, 2014, 6:58 AM 5
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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.
posted on Apr 03, 2014, 7:53 AM 0
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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...
posted on Apr 03, 2014, 8:05 AM 2
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.
posted on Apr 03, 2014, 9:24 AM 0
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.
posted on Apr 03, 2014, 11:53 AM 0
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... :-(
posted on Apr 03, 2014, 1:04 PM 0
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