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''Trusted Places'' added to Lollipop's Smart Lock feature: here's how to get it

My favorite Android 5.0 Lollipop feature just got even better. Remember back at Google I/O when we were told that Lollipop would let you unlock via personal unlocking (smartwatches, fitness bands etc) as well as through location-based triggers? Well, that day is here. I've enabled it on my Nexus 5 and Nexus 9, but other Lollipop devices will support it too.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop now lets you bypass your lock screen security via Trusted Places. © ANDROIDPIT

The latest Google Play Services update seems to be the cause of the additional security option. So if you haven't already checked out our collection of all the latest Google apps (including Google Play Services v6.5.85), then do so and grab that APK. Once you've installed the update (which will arrive over-the-air from Google eventually), reboot your device to have the extra Smart Lock feature enabled. It may not show up immediately, but it will appear eventually if you're not a fan of installing an APK of that magnitude.

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The new Smart Lock option lets you set home, work or a custom location for smart unlocking. © ANDROIDPIT

Go to Settings > Security and set up a lock screen method. Once you've done this the Smart Lock entry will be available and you will see three options: Trusted Devices, Trusted Faces and Trusted Places. Tapping Trusted Places will bring up a detailed section for your Google account where you can set home or work as a safe location via Google Maps or set a custom location of your choosing.

Would you trust a particular location to bypass your lock screen security? How do you lock your phone?


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  • Steven Nov 19, 2014 Link to comment

    I use CM 11 profiles .. which allow complete control over wifi, bluetooth, data, volumes and yes, lockscreen

    triggers are connecting/disconnecting to specified wifi routers or bluetooth devices .. scanning an nfc tag .. or manually from quick toggles

    Default profile is fully secure, locked, wifi off, data on, gps off, volumes mostly normal .. triggered by disconnecting from Safe wifi list and/or car bluetooth

    Home/Safe profile has swipe to unlock, wifi on, data off, gps off, volumes normal .. triggered by connecting to home and designated safe wifi's

    Car profile has no lockscreen, wifi off, data on, gps on, volumes louder .. triggered by connecting to car bluetooth

    I would NEVER allow profile/security triggers to simply be a map location .. it could take minutes or more to trigger and map coordinates are too large

  • Dusan V. Nov 18, 2014 Link to comment

    Best feature for now :)

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