Unlock the smartphone with mask? Android uses smartwatch

As much as it is not intended, the comparison between Android and iOS is almost constant. Being two competing mobile systems, it is normal for similar features to emerge and end up becoming essential.

One of the latest iOS features is the ability to use the Apple Watch to unlock the iPhone when a mask is detected. In fact, this improvement of this system has been on Android for many years and works in a slightly simpler and more direct way.


With the constant need to wear a protective mask, one of the best security features on Android and iOS has stopped working. We talk about the ability to recognize the user and unlock the smartphone.

If iOS 14.5 will introduce the ability to use smartwatch, on Android we can already use Smart Lock, and have this new feature. In fact, it has been present since 2014, on Android Lollipop 5.0, just a connected Bluetooth device.

To activate this feature on Android just go to Settings and then choose the option Biometrics and screen unlock. Continue to choose the Smart Unlock option. These options may differ slightly between smartphones and brands.

Now that they are in Smart Lock, they must choose the Trusted Devices option. If they choose, they can also create a safe area, with the Trusted locations option. The behavior will be the same as with the smartwatch.

Then choose to add a trusted device and then choose what you want to use from the present list. This will contain all the devices that are registered on the smartphone. The ideal is to use a smartwatch, smartband or other that is being used by the user. Finish confirming the use of the device.

From now on, and whenever you want to use your smartphone, it will be unlocked. This of course, if the smartwatch is present, connected and associated with the smartphone. So, even with the presence of the mask, they can touch the screen and directly access Android and what they want to get out of it.


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