Android’s Smart Lock feature is spectacular, that is, when it really works.
Smart Lock has been around ever since was Android 5.0 2014 (Which, by my calculations, was about «forever» by 2020 standards). The basic idea behind this is to make protecting your smartphone less inconvenient, which makes it more likely that you’ll actually use a person’s model, PIN, access code, or paw pressure (aka fingerprint) to keep your data safe. Sensational headlines about big evil malware monsters that Stalking in the dark and hoping to jump on unsuspected victims can be scary after all, but here in the real world, you are more likely to suffer from your own security flaws. that of any kind theoretical threat .
So yes: Smart Lock makes a lot of sense, not only for ordinary people who own a phone, but also for companies and companies of all sizes that need to apply adequate security and want the measures to be as acceptable as possible. There is only one small problem: one of the most effective Smart Lock options for Android is constantly breaking and not doing its job.
I mean Smart Lock Trusted Places feature , which allows you to set a specific physical location (your home, your office, the ostrich habitat that you, for some reason, frequent at your local zoo, or anything else) where your phone will be automatically unlocked. As long as you’re in that location, your phone will bypass the standard lock screen and allow you to do things without the need for authentication. And when you are elsewhere, your standard security method will appear and apply.
The Trusted Places part of Smart Lock was fantastic when it first appeared, but at one point it stopped working constantly. It’s something I’ve experienced with many Android devices, including my own current personal phone, and something I’ve heard endlessly from Android users over the years. And despite the occasional proclamation of That some adjustments under the hood offered the solution we have all been waiting for, the problem never seems to go away.
The secret is a little solution that I have perfected and I have had personal confidence over the years and it works absolutely, not always forever, but usually for a good period of time. And it takes about 60 seconds to do it.
Repairing trusted Android Smart Lock sites: Part I
First things first: we need to force the Google location system to reset its memory for any trusted location it has created. I know that sounds silly, but for whatever reason, this seems to be the key to making the Trusted Places part of Smart Lock work properly again.
So here’s the trick:
- Open application Google Maps on your phone.
- Touch the profile picture in the upper right corner of the app, then select «Settings,» then «Edit at home or at work.»
- Touch the three-point icon next to the line labeled «Home,» «Work,» or any other location that is causing you problems, then select the «Edit» option («Edit at home», «Edit work», etc.) from the menu that appears.
- On the map below, use your finger to gently drag the marker that represents your location, enough to change the address at the top of the screen (even if it changes to something that is no longer the exact address). Touch the Save button at the bottom of the screen.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4, but this time, drag Return at the correct address of your location Be sure to tap the Save button again when you’re done.
Do I understand? Good. What we have just achieved, however absurd it may seem, is to force the Smart Lock system to restart and associate with the correct address of the trusted location. And if the change was successful, you should see a notification at the top of the screen:
This brings us to the second part of this process, which could not be much simpler.
Troubleshooting Android Smart Lock Trusted Places: Part II
There’s not much left to do here – just tap the notification above and it should be taken to the Trusted Places section of Android’s Smart Lock settings. There, your phone should ask you to use the «new» address as a trusted location. And all you have to do is tap «Yes».
If, for some reason, you didn’t receive that notification or you may have mistakenly declined it, go to system settings, search Smart lock , then go to that section and tap the «Trusted Places» line. (You’ll probably need to enter your PIN, model, or password as a security measure first.) Tap the line labeled «Trusted Places,» then tap the line that you just adjusted and look for the «Enable this» button. location ”at the bottom of the screen.
Touch this and you should return to activities, the Smart Lock Trusted Places function working correctly again
Certainly not to have to do some of this and it’s annoying to do that. But now you know the trick. And if things get ugly again in another six months, you’ll know exactly what to do to fix them again.