Since our cell phones have so much personal information, most people cringe at the thought of someone messing with their phone. What’s worse is what can happen if you lose your smartphone completely.
Fortunately, modern devices come with several security options. Protecting your device on the go is easy. But what about when you’re safe at home? Unlocking the phone manually every time you want to use it is a pain.
Android Smart Lock lets you keep your phone unlocked at all times, under certain circumstances. But can you keep your phone unlocked when it’s connected to your home Wi-Fi network? Let’s see.
What is Android Smart Lock
Android Smart Lock first hit device with Android 5.0 Lollipop. The Smart Lock feature allows you to define certain circumstances in which the device lock screen security will remain inactive.
You can enable and configure these options by going to Settings > Security > Smart Lock (this may vary slightly depending on your device). Enter your PIN, then you can choose the Smart Lock option you want.
It is also possible to use multiple Smart Lock methods at the same time. Here’s how it works.
Body Detection/On-Body Detection
With this option, after unlocking it once, your Android device will remain unlocked as long as it detects motion, such as when you hold or carry the device. Your phone will lock again automatically when placed.
Detection of the body raises several safety concerns. The lock mechanism does not always activate as soon as you put the device down. Also, it can sometimes be longer if you’re in a car, train, bus, or other form of transportation.
Trusted Places/Trusted Places
Use this option and your Android device will remain unlocked when in the vicinity of certain locations. Once you enable Trusted Places, your device will detect its location using GPS. If the signal shows you are within the specified location range, it will unlock.
There are three Trusted Places modes:
- High Accuracy: Uses your phone’s GPS, Wi-Fi connection, provider network, and more to maintain an accurate location.
- Battery Saving: Trusted Places will use more power-efficient location tracking tools, such as your Wi-Fi connection or cellular network.
- Device Only: Uses only GPS to update your device’s location.
Trusted Places is a handy unlocking tool. However, like other options, it has its limitations. For example, if you live in an apartment building, Trusted Places finds it very difficult to tell the difference between your apartment and where your neighbors live. Since the GPS location is nearly the same and the range to unlock can cover several apartments, your device may remain unlocked outside the house.
While Trusted Places can take your Wi-Fi connection into account, you can’t tell your phone to stay unlocked when connected to a specific network. However, there are some workarounds for this that will allow you to unlock the phone while connected to a Wi-Fi network. We’ll talk more about this in a moment.
Trusted Devices/Trusted Devices
You can keep your Android device unlocked if you have a connection to a separate trusted device. For example, you can set a smartwatch, in-car Bluetooth speaker, or fitness tracker as a trusted device. Then, while the two devices share the connection, the Android phone will remain unlocked.
Trusted Devices uses a Bluetooth connection to check the Smart Lock status. If the Bluetooth connection between your devices drops for any reason, Smart Lock will be disabled, and your device will lock.
On certain Android devices, if you use Google Assistant, you can use the Voice Match option to keep your Android phone unlocked. Smart Lock recognizes the pitch and inflection of your voice to create a unique unlocking tool.
How to Unlock Your Phone When Connected to WiFi
One glaring omission of Android Smart Lock is the option to keep your device unlocked when you are connected to certain WiFi networks. You can solve this problem with the Automate app; here’s how to keep your Android device unlocked when connected to WiFi.
Automate is an easy-to-use Android automation app. You can do it for its intended purpose to keep it unlocked on Wi-Fi. First, download the app Automate.
Now, open Automate. Given the nature of the service (it automates everything on your device), you must accept the permission.
choose More Flows from the options, then search for disable screen lock on home wifi. The version you want is user creation ps, as you can see in the image below. choose Download, then return to the homepage Automate.
Next, select Disable screen lock on home wifi from the list, tap the blue pen icon at the bottom right, then tap the circuit icon just above. This opens the Auto stream edit screen.
Tap the third box on the left, When Wi-Fi connected. Enter the SSID of the Wi-Fi network in the box. Or, choose Pick Network, then select a Wi-Fi network from the list.
Now, you can Start Automate stream, and your device will remain unlocked when connected to the Wi-Fi network you specify.
If there’s another Wi-Fi network you’d like to keep unlocked, you can duplicate the Automate stream by tapping the three-dot menu and selecting Duplicate. Then in the duplicate stream, switch the SSID of the Wi-Fi network for something else.
Is Smart Lock Secure
Android Smart Lock is a useful tool in the eternal battle between security and convenience. Using Smart Lock is a security compromise, but is it worth making? It depends on the situation.
When you are at home, why is your device unlocked? Finding your phone suddenly locked is a pain sometimes. Think if you’re cooking from a recipe or following a DIY tutorial. You glance at it for a moment, only to find you need to unlock your device at a critical moment.
The key is to find the right Smart Lock usage that works for you. Unlocking your device when you’re connected to your home Wi-Fi is a great option for most people.
You Can Unlock Your Device Automatically
Now that you know how to automatically unlock your device when you join a Wi-Fi connection, you can consider automating other tasks on Android. Automate is a great free app with countless streams of community-generated automation.
Because of this, Automate is not the only Android task automation tool. Tasker is a paid automation app that is much more powerful than Automate.