Android Home Screen

While we don’t generally recommend leaving your Android unlocked, sometimes you just want the ease and simplicity of swiping to open your phone. If you’re not too concerned about privacy, and you’re tired of entering a pin, pattern, or fingerprint scan then read on. Or, maybe this is for your young one and you don’t want them to have a lock screen (especially if you don’t know the pin). This How To guide will walk you through how to disable the lock screen on Android.

Note that depending on your phone manufacturer and Android version, the screenshots may be slightly different than what you see. This guide was made with a Pixel 2 running Android version 9 (Pie).

Time needed: 2 minutes.

How to disable the lock screen on Android

  1. Open Settings

    You can get to the settings screen by swiping down from the top notification area, expanding it fully. In the bottom right (or, top right, depending on version), click the cog icon.

    Android Notification Bar Settings

  2. Select Security & Location (or just Security, depending on Android version)

    Once settings is open, scroll down to Security & Location. Note this is what Android Pie says, on older versions of Android it may just say Security.

    Android Security And Location List Item

  3. Select Screen Lock

    Once you’re in Security & Location, select the Screen Lock option. This allows you to choose which method of screen lock you want to use (or not use).

    Note: You may have to enter your current pin or pattern.

    Android Select Screen Lock

  4. Select None

    You have now removed you lock screen pin or pattern. The next time you pick up your phone, you will not need to enter any security information.

    Android Lock Screen None


And that’s how you disable the lock screen on Android. Again, we don’t recommend leaving your phone without some type of lock protection. Remember that anyone can pick it up and browse your phone now.


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