This lock screen trick can help you recover your lost phone faster

Lock Screen - This lock screen trick can help you recover your lost phone faster

Your phone is one of the most important things you take with you every day. It contains your emails, your data, and your life. If you lose or misplace your phone you may never get it back, and if you do, it can take a lot of effort and time to find it.

But, did you know you can change your lock screen so that people know how to contact you if you’ve misplaced it?

Android and iOS devices work differently, but both devices have a way to display information on the lock screen, such as your name and email address. In this tip, we’ll walk you through the steps and explain why it’s important.

For Android

An Android device has a built-in feature that will allow you to add a lock screen message to your phone. In this message, you can write your contact info and a good number to call to notify you when found.

It is important to note that some of these steps are newer features of Android Oreo.

To add a lock screen message go to your devices Settings App, then tap Security & Location. Next to “Screen Lock” tap Settings, and finally tap Lock screen message.

From there you can add your personal contact information so that if found, that device will reach you much quicker.

Try not to put too much information on the lock screen, because anyone can view that information without putting in your device’s passcode. “If found reach me at…” should be followed by an email address or a number of someone close to you.

By Nathan Mathews

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How to automatically disable Android’s security lock screen when connected to your home Wi-Fi, Bluetooth device or by location

Lock Screen HTC DROID DNA TA 630x354 - How to automatically disable Android’s security lock screen when connected to your home Wi-Fi, Bluetooth device or by locationYour phone has a lot of personal information on it, and that is why I always recommend that you apply a security lock screen such as a PIN or pattern. Unfortunately, that extra step of security can be a royal pain in the you know what. The problem is that the majority of time your phone or tablet is in a safe environment such as your home, car, a friend’s house, or workplace. Constantly entering a code or swiping a pattern is annoying during those “safe” times. It is the single biggest reason why so many people don’t utilize a security lock screen, and instead, hope their phone never gets lost or stolen. If there was a way to automatically disable the security lock screen when you are in those trusted zones, and automatically re-enable it when you’re at the mall, a restaurant, or anywhere else untrusted, you might go back to securing your phone like you should.

Well there is a way, and it’s not complicated at all. The immediate assumption is I’m going to recommend Tasker, but unfortunately, I could never get it to work after Android 4.0, nor could most other people. Even if it does work, Tasker is too complicated for the average person. You want simple right? Hit the break to get started.

The first thing you need to do is grab Delayed Lock Trial from the Play Store. This is the full version of the app, but it’s only good for a limited time. I think 15 days, but it’s been a while since I downloaded the app, so forgive me if I’m wrong. This trial version is for you to find out if you can get it working and if you like the app. After the trial expires, you will need the full version, which costs $2.99. That is a small price to pay to take away the pain of constantly entering a PIN code.

There are also individual plugins for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and locations. Since they are all Free, go ahead and install all three of them: Delayed Lock Wi-Fi Plugin, Delayed Lock Bluetooth Plugin, and Delayed Lock Location Plugin. I know with all these plugins, you might be thinking this is going to be really complicated, but trust me, it’s not.

Now it’s a matter of deciding when you would like your security lock screen disabled. Some examples could be when you’re connected to your home Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi plugin allows you to do that, and it’s not limited to one Wi-Fi, you can also add a friend or family member’s house. You could also add a workplace, but that is up to you. If you work in a large office environment, you might want to forget it. Your car is another place. Who wants to enter a PIN code while driving? If your car has Bluetooth, you can use the Bluetooth plugin to add it so you won’t have to when your phone is connected to it. You can also add a Bluetooth headset as well. For those places that don’t have Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, you can utilize the location plugin by pinpointing GPS locations. This plugin also helps if your phone has wonky Wi-Fi connectivity.

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