By playing around with your phone’s settings, you have activated Smart Lock Google, that is the function that, under certain conditions, allows you to keep Android devices unlocked automatically. The problem is that, after doing this, your smartphone is practically always unlocked and, as a result, your data is at the mercy of curious who, taking advantage of your distraction, could get their hands on it. Intent on putting an end to this inconvenient inconvenience, you opened Google to search for a guide on how to disable Smart Lock and you just happened upon my website.
How do you say? Did I guess? Very well, then I am happy to inform you that you are in the right place, at the right time! In the course of this guide, in fact, I will explain how to disable the Google intelligent unlocking system by acting directly from the operating system settings. Do not worry, it is not difficult at all: the steps I am about to illustrate are within everyone’s reach, even those who, like you, are not very familiar with the world of technology.
So what else are you waiting to get started? Take a few minutes of free time for yourself, make yourself comfortable and carefully read everything I have to explain to you on the subject: I am sure that, at the end of reading this guide, you will be perfectly able to meet the need you have. presented. That said, there is nothing left for me to do but wish you a good read and a big good luck for everything!
Before getting to the heart of this guide, let me give you some more information on the subject. To begin with, Smart Lock by Google is a technology that, thanks to a series of data collected in real time (movement data, location data, nearby devices, and so on), allows you to keep Android devices unlocked when a given condition occurs.
In practice, if necessary, it is possible to have the phone or tablet be unlocked by pressing only the unlock key (thus skipping the insertion of fingerprint, code, PIN or sequence) when they are in a given geographical position, for example at home; or again, it is possible to set automatic unlocking on Android when the device in question “hooks up” to a previously paired Bluetooth device.
When an Android smartphone or tablet is automatically unlocked using the aforementioned function, the padlock located on the device lock screen is surrounded by a semi-transparent circle: by making a long tap on this icon, it is possible to “force” the lock of the smartphone or tablet, even if the conditions set by Smart Lock occur. However, the device is automatically locked after 4 hours from its last use, or when it is restarted.
If, on the one hand, Google’s Smart Lock feature can be particularly useful and speed up the unlocking phase of the devices, it can also represent a serious security issue, due to the limitations of the mechanisms involved.
Let me explain: if, for example, you have guests at home, anyone could access your phone data – if you had activated Smart Lock for the home address – simply by unlocking it with the appropriate key. Furthermore, the automatic unlocking linked to the movement is not able to “understand” who the real user of the device is: therefore, it could be easily unlocked even by those who, legitimately, would not be entitled to it.
So, if you find yourself in such a situation and you want to disable Google’s intelligent unlocking, you are in the right guide: in the next chapter I will explain, in detail, how to disable Samsung Smart Lock and for all other Android-branded devices compatible with this feature.
If, on the other hand, you are interested in understanding how to disable the automatic saving of passwords in Google Chrome modules (previously, this function was also known as “Smart Lock”), I invite you to consult the appropriate chapter of my guide on how to delete passwords stored.
How to disable Android Smart Lock
Did you understand how the “intelligent blocking” system developed by Google works but, despite this, would you like to deactivate it to avoid any problems related to data security and privacy? No problem: in this section, it will be my care to explain to you as remove Smart Lock using the official procedure provided by Android.
Ready to get started? Very good. First, grab your Android device and open the menu of Settings, by tapping on the button in the shape ofgear placed on the Home screen of the device, or inside the drawer (the area in which the icons of all the installed apps are present).
Next, tap on the item Safety and location (or Safety), scroll to the next panel until you find the item Smart Lock and, when you have found it, select it with a tap. If prompted, enter the PIN, the sequence or the unlock password device, to pass the system security check.
At this point, to completely disable Google’s automatic unlocking system, it is necessary to disable the functions enabled for automatic unlocking. Below I tell you what they are and, for each of them, how to deactivate them.
- Device with you – thanks to this system, the device remains unlocked when in contact with the body. When the device is placed down, it locks automatically. To deactivate this function, tap on its name and move to OFF the lever at the top of the screen.
- Trusted places – this system allows you to keep the device locked when you are in one or more places (which are detected by GPS location). To deactivate it, you need to delete all trusted places: tap on the relevant functionality, tap one of the configured locations and tap the item Delete located in the menu that appears on the screen. Repeat the operation for all the places in the list. To make sure your device stays locked even when you are at home, tap your item Home (which contains the residence address set using Google Maps) and touch the item Disable this place attached to the menu displayed later.
- Trusted devices – using this function, you can keep the device unlocked when it is near a trusted Bluetooth device (e.g. your car or a Bluetooth speaker installed in your home). To deactivate it, tap on the relevant item, select, one at a time, the trusted devices configured in the list and tap the item Remove trusted device located in the notice panel that appears. This procedure, however, will not delete the Bluetooth association between the Android device in use and the one just deleted.
- Reliable face – this function allows you to unlock your device using facial recognition: after pressing the unlock button, you just need to look at the camera to access the system. To disable this function, tap on its name, tap on the item Remove trusted face placed in the next panel and confirms the will to proceed by pressing the button Remove.
- Voice match – this system is able to unlock the device and call up Google Assistant by saying “Hey Google” through a known voice. To disable this feature, access the section of the same name and move the lever Hey Google on OFF.
If the aforementioned should, however, propose a first configuration procedure, then do nothing and move on to the next option: this means that the unlocking method chosen has not been configured in the system, therefore it is not active.
By doing so, you should have been able to disable Google Smart Unlock on your smartphone or tablet. As an additional security measure, you can finally delete Smart Lock from the list of device trust agents: by doing so, however, you will totally disable Google’s alternative unlocking system, along with the ability to call Assistant by voice.
Do you want to proceed anyway? So do this: go to the menu Settings> Security / Security and location Android, tap on the items Advanced And Trust agents and finally move up OFF the lever relating to the wording Smart Lock (Google) And that’s it.
If you deem it appropriate, you can activate Google Smart Lock again at any time, by activating the aforementioned lever again and proceeding, subsequently, with the configuration of the automatic unlocking system that you prefer, using the menu Settings> Security / Security & Location> Smart Lock of Android.
Note: On Android 10 and later, there may be additional options for automatic unlocking. In any case, to delete Smart Lock, simply access each of them and deactivate it, similar to what we saw in the course of this tutorial.