One of the features which Android offers, is called “Smart Lock”. It means that as soon as some trust condition is met – in my case, as long as I am at home – I can bypass the default unlock method, and just swipe to unlock my phone.
But there was a time, when I thought this feature was not working properly. This idea was due to a simple user error on my part.
When Android shows us its swipe-to-unlock screen, it has animated ripples of water seemingly flowing along it, and in the case of my phone, displays 3 small icons along the bottom. Two of those are features which I can generally use without unlocking the phone, while the one in the middle is just a ‘lock-icon’.
What I did not know until recently, was the fact that it is a mistake, if we try to drag that lock-icon in the middle away from itself,
to unlock the phone. That exact motion is acknowledged by a growing, light semicircle which appears around the lock-icon, and acts to lock the phone.
In order to unlock this screen, we need to start at a random position – such as where the animated ripples show – and just swipe straight upward.
I guess that it was silly of me, not to know how to work the standard swipe-to-unlock screen of Android. But if I am going to make mistakes, those will be stupid ones. I think that any phone thief, would already know how this screen works…
And my Smart Lock feature was always ready and willing to work with me, even though I had actually disabled it at one point in time.