How to disable Smart Lock: By playing with your phone’s settings, you have activated Google’s Smart Lock , that is the function that, in certain conditions, allows you to keep Android devices unlocked automatically. The problem is that, after doing so, your smartphone is unlocked practically always and, consequently, your data is at the mercy of curious people who, taking advantage of your distraction, could get their hands on it. Intended to put an end to this inconvenient inconvenience, you opened Google in search of a guide on how to disable Smart Lock and you just happened on 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 Google’s intelligent unlocking system by acting directly from the operating system settings. Don’t worry, it’s not difficult at all: the steps I am going 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 for? Cut out a few minutes of free time for yourself, make yourself comfortable and read carefully everything I have to explain to you on the subject: I am sure that, after reading this guide, you will be perfectly able to cope with the need you have presented. Having said that, I have nothing else to do, except to wish you a good read and make a big good luck for everything!
Before we get to the heart of this guide, let me give you some more information on the subject. To begin with, Google’s Smart Lock 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 it occurs a given condition.
In practice, when needed, it is possible to make the phone or tablet unlock after pressing the unlock button only (thus skipping the entry of a fingerprint, code, PIN or sequence) when they are in a given geographical position, for example at home; or again, you can set the automatic unlock on Android when the device in question “hooks” to a previously paired Bluetooth device.
When an Android smartphone or tablet is unlocked automatically using the aforementioned function, the padlock icon located on the device lock screen is surrounded by a semi-transparent circle: by making a long tap on this icon, you can “ force ”the smartphone or tablet to lock, even if the conditions set by Smart Lock occur. However, the device is automatically locked after 4 hours from its last use, or when you restart it.
If, on the one hand, Google’s Smart Lock functionality can be particularly useful and speed up the unlocking phase of the devices, it can also represent a serious security problem , due to the limitations of the mechanisms involved.
Let me explain: if, for example, you have guests in the house, anyone could access your phone data – if you had activated Smart Lock for your home address – simply unlocking it with the appropriate key. Furthermore, the automatic release linked to the movement is not able to “understand” who the real user of the device is: therefore, it could easily be unlocked even by those who, legitimately, would not be entitled to it.
So, if you find yourself in a situation like this and you want to disable Google’s smart unlocking, you are in the right guide: in the next chapter I will explain, by wire and by sign, how to disable Samsung Smart Lock and for all other branded devices Android compatible with this feature.
If, on the other hand, you are interested in 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
Have you understood the functioning of the “smart lock” system developed by Google but, despite this, would you like to disable it to avoid any problems related to data security and privacy? No problem: within this section, I will take care of explaining how to remove Smart Lock using the official procedure provided by Android.
Ready to get started? Very well. First, take your Android device and open the Settings menu , by tapping the gear- shaped button located on the device’s Home screen, or inside the drawer (the area in which the icons of all are present) installed apps).
Next, tap on the item Security and position (or Security ), scroll the next panel until you find the item Smart Lock and, when you have found it, select it with a tap. If required, enter your device unlock PIN , pattern, or password to pass the system security check.
At this point, to completely disable Google’s automatic unlocking system, you need to disable the features enabled for automatic unlocking. Below I indicate what they are and, for each of them, how to proceed with deactivation.
- Device with you – thanks to this system, the device remains unlocked when it is in contact with the body. When the device is placed on it, it locks automatically. To deactivate this function, tap on its name and move the lever at the top of the screen to OFF .
- Trusted places – this system allows you to keep your device locked when you are in one or more places (which are detected by GPS location). To deactivate it, you must delete all the trusted places: tap on the relative functionality, tap one of the configured positions and tap the Delete item located in the menu that appears on the screen. Repeat the operation for all the places in the list. To ensure that the device remains locked even when you are at home, touch the Home item (which contains the home address set via Google Maps ) and touch the Disable this place annexed to the menu displayed next item.
- Trusted devices – using this function, you can keep your 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 touch the Remove trusted device item located in the warning panel that appears. This procedure, however, will not eliminate the Bluetooth association between the Android device in use and the one just deleted.
- Trusted face – this feature allows you to unlock your device by facial recognition: after pressing the unlock button, just look at the camera to access the system. To disable this function, tap on its name, touch the Remove reliable face item located in the next panel and confirm the will to proceed, pressing the Remove button .
- Voice match – this system is able to unlock the device and call Google Assistant by saying “Hey Google” through a known voice. To disable this feature, access the section of the same name and move the Hey Google lever to OFF .
If the aforementioned should instead offer you 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’s smart unlock on your smartphone or tablet. As an additional security measure, you can finally remove Smart Lock from the list of device trust agents: in doing so, however, you will totally disable Google’s alternative unlocking system, together with the possibility of calling Assistant by voice.
Do you want to proceed anyway? Then do so: go to the Settings menu > Security / Security and Android location , tap on the items Advanced and Trust agents and, finally, move the lever on the wording Smart Lock (Google) to OFF and you’re done.
If you deem it appropriate, you can activate Google Smart Lock again at any time, activating the aforementioned lever again and proceeding, subsequently, with the configuration of the automatic unlocking system that you prefer, through the Settings> Security / Security and location> Smart menu. Android lock .
Note : On Android 10 and later, additional options for automatic unlock may be available. In any case, to eliminate Smart Lock, simply access each of them and deactivate it, in a similar way to what was seen during this tutorial.