It’s a good idea to protect your phone with a PIN, pattern or password so that strangers can’t unlock your device and access your personal information. But it can be annoying having to actually enter your PIN, pattern, or password every time you want to use your phone — even when you’re at home or in another place where it’s unlikely your phone fall into the hands of evildoers.
Now Google’s making life a little easier on folks using their phones at a trusted place.
Android 5.0 Lollipop introduced a new “Smart Lock” feature that allowed you to use your phone without entering a password when it’s connected to a Trusted Device via a Bluetooth connection. For example if your smartwatch, Bluetooth headset, or speaker is nearby the device lets you move past the lock screen with a simple swipe… no password or PIN required.
Now Google is rolling out an update as part of Google Play Services 6.5, and it lets you added Trusted Places.
That means if you have a device running Android 5.0 with the latest version of Play Services, you can choose locations from Google Maps and your phone will use the built-in location services to detect whether you’re at home, work, or another trusted location. If you are, you won’t need to enter a password to start using your device.
Play Services 6.5 is gradually rolling out, but if you don’t have it yet you may be able to install it manually — just make sure to grab the correct version for your operating system. Or be patient and wait for Google to push the update to your device.