Google Smart, introduced with Android 5.0 Lollipop, is an excellent way of keeping your smartphone safe. In the world of today, where security is the main concern, with the help of Google Smart your phone can stay unlocked and still remain safe. The device remains locked when it is not with you, while when you are around, it remains unlocked without having the trouble of unlocking it over and over again.
How can Google Smart be used?
There are three main ways in which Google Smart can be used. These are explained below.
Smart Lock for Android
This is applicable on your Android phone or tablets, and helps to keep them unlocked with the help of trusted locations and Bluetooth locations. This works when your smartphone or tablet is able to recognize your face or even your voice.
Smart Lock for Chromebook
This is an interesting feature that keeps your Chromebook unlocked when your Android phone is nearby.
Smart Lock for Passwords
This is the feature that helps you save passwords for your favorite websites and different apps that you use, using your Google account. This is applicable both for mobile devices as well as your personal computers.
How does Smart Lock Work?
On Body Detection
This feature works when your device is in your hand or pocket, and it remains unlocked. Whenever you are holding the device in your hand or have kept it in your pocket, it will remain unlocked. The moment you put it down, it will immediately get locked.
When inside your home, you might not want to unlock your phone over and over again. Once you have enabled Smart Lock, you are supposed to choose Trusted Places. These places could include your home or your office etc. However, this feature requires that you turn on your GPS and we all are well aware that turning the GPS on drains the battery.
Back when the Android Ice Cream Sandwich came, a feature was introduced which was named Face Unlock. Facial recognition is used in this technology in order to unlock the smartphone. However, it did not go well for Android users in terms of security as a photo of the user could be used to unlock the phone.
Now, it has been reintroduced as Trusted Face. The Trusted Face feature is reliable and has been connected with Smart Lock. You may use this feature now to unlock your smartphone.
If you are a fan of voice commands then this feature is especially for you. First you are supposed to set up Voice Detection, as the device will be unlocked using the Voice Match feature.
However, you need to be careful with this as a person with a voice similar to yours might unlock your phone as well.
Using Bluetooth technology, you can connect your smartphone with a Headset, Car Stereo or any other device. You can choose to add some devices as Trusted Devices. This means that every time your Android phone connects to that device it will become unlocked.
For those who are fans of using Android Wear devices, this feature is very useful.
How to Set Up Smart Lock
The directions below should apply to all Android phones made by all companies including Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.
On an Android device:
- Open Settings > security or Lock screen and security > Advanced > Trust agents and check if Smart Lock is turned on.
- Now, look for Smart Lock.
- Tap Smart Lock and enter your password, unlock pattern, or pin code or use your fingerprint.
- Then you can enable on-body detection, add trusted places and devices, and set up voice recognition.
- Once you are done with the process, you would notice a pulsing circle at the bottom of your lock screen, around the lock symbol.
On a Chromebook running OS 40 or higher:
Your Android device should have a 5.0 or later and be unlocked and nearby.
It is necessary for both devices to be connected to the Internet, with Bluetooth enabled, and signed into the same Google account.
- On your Chromebook, open Settings > Show advanced settings > Smart Lock for Chromebook > Set up
- Follow the directions displayed on the screen.
In the Chrome browser:
- When you login into a website or compatible app, Smart Lock should pop-up and ask if you want to save the password.
- If you don’t get notified to save passwords, you may go into Chrome’s settings > Passwords and forms and tick the box that says “Offer to save your web passwords.”
- If you change your mind later on, you can manage your passwords by going to passwords.google.com
For Android apps:
- By default, Smart Lock for Passwords is active.
- If it’s not, go into Google settings
- From Settings, turn on Smart Lock for Passwords.
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