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Smart Lock: Easy to Access Galaxy S7

--Thursday, July 14, 2016
I believe that most people like to secure smartphones with screen lock. So do I. However, Screen lock can somehow be inconvenient to some extent. If we urge to make a phone call, it seems redundant. It is moreover annoying that we have to enter password/pattern every time we turn on the screen. Samsung must have considered this annoyance. That's why it comes out with Smart Lock, which allows users to access the device with ease.

Smart Lock is a new feature on Samsung devices later than Galaxy S5, which can automatically unlock your mobile device as long as you are at trusted location or using your phone on trusted device. Galaxy S7 currently enables users to set up Trusted devices, Trusted places, Trusted voice and On-body detection. Follow the steps below and see how to do it!

Part 1: How to Set up a Trusted Device for Smart Lock?

1. Launch "Settings" app on Home screen or Notification Bar.
2. Go to "Lock screen and security" > "Secure lock settings" > "Smart Lock".
3. Draw the current pattern or enter current password/pin.
4. Tap "Trusted devices" > "ADD TRUSTED DEVICE" > "Bluetooth" or "NFC".
5. Select the device you want to trust, and tap "YES, ADD"
You can set your trusted devices, such as Bluetooth watch, car's Bluetooth system, an NFC sticker on the phone dock in your car and so on. However, Bluetooth connections have a range of up to 100 meters. Once your Samsung phone detects the trusted device, it will keep unlocked.

Smart Lock S7 Trusted Device

Part 2: How to Set up a Trusted Place for Smart Lock?

1. Launch "Settings" app on Home screen or Notification Bar.
2. Go to "Lock screen and security" > "Secure lock settings" > "Smart Lock".
3. Draw the current pattern or enter current password/pin.
4. Tap "Trusted places" > "Add trusted place".
5. Choose "YES" to allow access to GPS and pick a place.
You can position your home or company, so the device will stay unlocked when it detects via GPS that you are at these places.

Smart Lock S7 Trusted Place

Part 3: How to Set up On-body Detection for Smart Lock?

1. Launch "Settings" app on Home screen or Notification Bar.
2. Go to "Lock screen and security" > "Secure lock settings" > "Smart Lock".
3. Draw the current pattern or enter current password/pin.
4. Tap "On-body detection".
5. Switch "On" the bar.
This function allows you phone to stay unlocked when it's being held or carried by you. However, from where I stand, I don't think this is good for protecting your privacy, because it cannot detect whether it's exactly you who is using the device. Thus, it's not recommended to keep this option on.

Smart Lock S7 Onbody Detection

Part 4: How to Set up A Trusted Voice for Smart Lock?

1. Launch "Settings" app on Home screen or Notification Bar.
2. Go to "Lock screen and security" > "Secure lock settings" > "Smart Lock".
3. Draw the current pattern or enter current password/pin.
4. Tap "Trusted voice".
5. Toggle on the "From any screen" switch. You will need to log in your Google account to do the next.
6. Hit the "Get Started" button and follow the instructions, and then tap "FINISH".
7. Turn on the "Trusted voice" switch.
As long as you set up voice recognition, your Samsung phone keeps unlocked by detecting that it's you who is speaking. I personally regard this option as the best choice, for nobody can pretend the voice of yours.

Smart Lock S7 Trusted Voice

Part 5: How to Remove Screen Lock?

I beg you may forget your Password/PIN/Pattern when you've been long using this feature. Though I wish this misery won't happen, what if it does happen, please read on and try to unlock your phone with the following solutions.
1. Try to unlock your device with Google Account.
2. Reset Phone to Factory Settings.
3. Remove Screen lock with Android Data Recovery.

Smart Lock S7 Remove Screen Lock

If you are tired of entering your password/pin/pattern each time when you're going to use your Samsung phone, you really should try Smart lock. However, if you don't want someone to use your unlocked device, you'd better use it with prudence.