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How do I use Smart Lock to keep my device unlocked in certain situations? (Android 10, Android 11 or Android 12)

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    What is Smart Lock? 

    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 when you’re 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 in order to ensure that the Google Play services app is updated. Having an up-to-date Google Play services app ensures that you can use the latest Smart Lock features.
    • Enable Smart Lock (see 'To enable Smart Lock' below)
    • Set when you want your device to unlock automatically by selecting a Smart Lock type (See below). 

    To enable Smart Lock

    1. Make sure that you've set a pattern, PIN or password for your screen lock.
    2. Find and tap Settings → Security → 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 need to enter this screen lock any time you want to change your Smart Lock settings. 
    7. Select a Smart Lock type and follow the on-screen instructions to enable it. 

    Smart Lock types

    • On-body detection - keep your device unlocked when you're carrying the device with you. 
    • Trusted places - keep your device unlocked when you're in a trusted location (e.g. your home or workplace).
    • Trusted devices - keep your device unlocked when a trusted Bluetooth device is connected (e.g. your Bluetooth headphones or laptop).


    • The Smart Lock feature may not be available in every market, country or region. Keep in mind that Smart Lock as a security feature is less secure than a pattern, PIN, or password. 
    • The Smart Lock feature is developed by Google and the exact functionality may change over time due to updates from Google.