A hidden Android Pie security setting everyone should enable

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First, a quick primer on what Android 9’s lockdown mode is actually all about: Remember a while back when we heard stories about how police could force you to unlock your phone with your fingerprint if they wanted to search it? More troubling yet, an officer (or anyone else) could force you to unlock your phone with your face in order to gain access to your digital property — maybe before you even realize what’s happening.

That’s what lockdown mode is all about: providing a way to, well, lock down your phone and prevent the usual convenience-oriented methods of authentication from working. That means no fingerprints and no facial recognition. It also means none of Android’s Smart Lock options, which do things like allow you to keep your phone unlocked when you’re in specific trusted locations or when you’re connected to specific Bluetooth devices. And finally, it means no notifications will show up or be accessible on your lock screen.

Basically, unless you input your pattern, PIN, or password, everything’s off limits and out of reach. Whether it’s because of law enforcement concerns or just a general uncertainty of who’s around you and might be able to forcefully access your device, it’s an added level of security for higher-risk situations.

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