Article ID : 00246087 / Last Modified : 05/16/2023Print

How to use Smart Lock to keep my device unlocked?

    Valid for

    • Android™ 13
    • Android 12
    • Android 11
    • Android 10

    The Smart Lock feature unlocks your device automatically in certain situations. You can set your device to unlock, for example, when it's connected to a Bluetooth® device or carrying it with you.

    To prepare your device to unlock automatically, perform the following steps:

    • Make sure you have an active Internet connection, preferably a Wi-Fi® connection, to limit data traffic charges
    • Make sure that all your apps are updated using the Play Store™ application to ensure that the Google Play™ services app is updated. An up-to-date Google Play™ services app lets you use the latest Smart Lock features.
    • Enable Smart Lock
    • Set when you want your device to unlock automatically by selecting a Smart Lock type

    Smart Lock types

    • On-body detection - Keeps your device unlocked when you're carrying it.
    • Trusted places - Keeps your device unlocked when you're in a trusted location.
    • Trusted devices - Keep your device unlocked when a trusted Bluetooth device is connected.

    Enable Smart Lock

    1. Make sure you've set a pattern, PIN, or password for your screen lock.
    2. Find and tap SettingsSecurity → (More security settings) → Trust agents.
    3. Drag the slider beside Smart Lock (Google) to the right.
    4. Tap the back arrow next to Trust agents.
    5. Find and tap Smart Lock.
    6. Enter your pattern, PIN, or password. You must enter this screen lock whenever you want to change your Smart Lock settings.
    7. Select a Smart Lock type and follow the on-screen instructions to enable it.


    • The Smart Lock feature may only be available in some markets, countries, or regions. Also, remember that Smart Lock as a security feature is less secure than a pattern, PIN, or password.
    • Google™ develops the Smart Lock feature, and the exact functionality may change over time due to updates from Google.