Google Smart Lock is basically an updated password manager. You can access your devices much faster when you are in situations where security is not so important. When you are at home, you may not have to enter your password every time you pick up the handset. However, if you are on the train, you may want a little more security.
In this article, we have prepared concise and understandable information about the Google smart lock, and how it functions on Android, Chrome, etc. All you need to do is to follow until the end.
Google Smart Lock can do this in several ways.
Body recognition: If you have already entered your PIN or password before putting it back in your pocket, Google Smart Lock will not ask you to enter it again when you remove it.
Trusted devices: If you select this option, you can choose which Bluetooth devices you want to trust. This means that if your phone is connected to these devices, you don’t need to enter a password to access them.
Trusted locations: This option requires you to configure a trusted location. This can be your home or office, and when you are there you don’t need to enter your password.
Language Correspondence and Confident Face
These two options will expire and only really exist on much older Android devices. Basically, however, they work so that you can configure your voice or face as a signal that allows you to use your phone without a password. The voice adjustment option doesn’t always leave your phone fully unlocked, but you can access certain features on your device.
How to make use of Google Smart Lock on an Android
Using Google Smart Lock on your Android device is easy and all you need to do is set up a password or other screen lock on your device. Then follow these steps:
- Access your device settings
- Head over to Security and Location and select Smart Lock
- Enter your password or other screen locks
- Choose Body Recognition or Trusted Place
- Once you’ve chosen Trusted Place, follow the on-screen instructions to configure where you want it to be.
How to use Google Lock on Chromebook
Google Smart Lock works a little differently on Chromebooks and enables unlocking by simply connecting it to your Android device. You need to sign in to your Google Account on both devices and have Chrome OS 71 or later and Android L-MR1 or later for this to work. When you’re signed in and updated, just do the following:
- Select the time at the bottom right of your Chromebook screen
- Click on Settings
- Select your Android device from the connected devices and press the configuration button
- Enter your password and follow the on-screen instructions
- As soon as you have received the confirmation message on your phone, select the options you want to activate under “activated”.
Follow all other instructions to complete the configuration
Benefits of Google Smart Lock
With Google Smart Lock, you can not only quickly access your devices, but also exchange passwords between your devices. This makes your daily tasks even easier. However, if you would like to deactivate this option, you can simply switch to your settings in your Google account. You can do this on your Chromebook or Android device by going to Settings first, and then going to your Google Account settings.
With Google Smart Lock, you can easily access your devices and lock your passwords without a screen lock to quickly access your favorite websites and apps.
Intelligent Password or Lockout Manager?
Google’s Smart Lock is one of the easiest ways to bypass the login screen. However, security scenarios are far too serious to ignore.
So if you’re considering switching to a dedicated password manager, read the comparison below to make an informed choice.
Disable Smart Lock for Android
Disabling a smart password lock on Android is more or less a similar (and easy) matter.
- Just open Chrome on your Android and go to Settings.
- Tap Passwords and uncheck the option Save passwords and automatic connection.
What to do with the Registered Passwords?
What do you do with saved passwords after disabling Google’s Smart Lock? You certainly can’t leave them lying around.
Go to the Google Password account and click the delete icon. You can also clear your browsing history to remove all passwords from Chrome. Make sure you select the time range as Always.
For Google’s password account, however, you’ll need to follow the manual method of selecting and deleting.