Google broke smart unlock in Android 10

Users of the Google Pixel, Samsung, OnePlus, and Nokia smartphones have complained that on Android 10, the Smart Lock mode has stopped working as before. After updating, even with active smart unlocking, some users began to ask for biometric verification or a password, which was not previously observed, while others lost this function from the firmware, as well as the ability to activate it. We figure out what kind of smart unlock it is, how it works and why users are so worried about its disappearance.

What is smart unlock on Android

Smart unlocking, or Smart Lock, is a system of several unlocking methods on Android, which are designed not to protect users, but to make interaction with smartphones in situations where possible, easier. For example, it allows you to not block the device if it is connected to a trusted Bluetooth accessory such as a smart watch or fitness bracelet, the presence of which in the immediate vicinity confirms that both gadgets are in their possession, which means there is no one to protect from .

Why does Smart Lock not work

Surprisingly, pretty soon the Google developers made a statement that they had nothing to do with it, and the manufacturers were to blame for the malfunctioning of Smart Lock. But if in the case of OnePlus and Samsung smartphones this answer can still work, then in the case of Nokia devices that run on the stock version of Android, and Google Pixel, which is released and supported by Google itself, is no longer there. However, most likely, the developers of the search giant themselves understood this, and therefore preferred the owners of the “pixels” in the same vein not to respond, so as not to discredit themselves.



A quick analysis of the situation showed that the problem in the operation of Smart Lock is quite common. True, where her legs grow from is really hard to say. After all, on my Honor View 20 this function works quite well, to keep the device in an unlocked state at the moments of connection to a smart speaker and a fitness bracelet. Therefore, we can assume that it is not the OS. But, on the other hand, in the Magic UI firmware, smart unlocking is moved outside the Google section, as it was before, which gives reason to think that this is Honor’s own implementation, independent of the search giant.

Smart unlock appeared a long time ago, but was practically not in demand. Until it broke

How can I unlock my Android smartphone?

The smart unlock function is quite extensive and, in addition to Bluetooth accessories, allows you to use other verification methods:

  • Unlock on the face;
  • Voice Unlock
  • Unlock with a graphic key;
  • Unlock in trusted places;
  • Wearable unlock (the smartphone does not block while it is with you).

Yes, these methods are not about reliability, but about convenience. After all, reproducing a graphic key is much simpler than an 8-digit password, and the voice of an outsider can always turn out to be so similar to yours that the smartphone simply takes and unlocks it. Therefore, the key purpose of Smart Lock is convenience, which was especially appreciated by motorists. After all, it is very convenient when you get in the car to automatically connect your smartphone to the on-board computer and unlock it. As a result, all that remains to be done in order to activate the smartphone is to press the power button and get to the desktop without entering passwords and without using biometric verification. This is not only convenient, but also safe, since entering a password behind the wheel can distract the driver and pose a danger to himself and others. However, now users do not have such an opportunity, and it is not known when it will appear again.

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