How to Turn off Screen Lock on Android

You can disable the lock screen, but there are downsides

What to Know

  • Stock Android: Settings > Security & privacy or Security & location > Lock screen password > Disable lock screen password.
  • Samsung: Go to Settings > Lock screen > Screen lock type > enter your passcode > None Remove data
  • It's bad practice to disable the lock screen because it leaves your private information vulnerable to theft and tampering.

This article explains how to turn off the screen lock on your Android phone. The exact steps may vary slightly depending upon which version of Android and which handset you own, so we'll cover the most common methods.

How to Remove Screen Lock on Most Android Phones

The screen lock settings are always found in the Settings app, usually in a category that includes Security in the title. If these steps don't lead you directly to your phone's lock screen controls, a little browsing in Settings should help you find it quickly.

  1. Start the Settings app.

  2. Find the security or lock screen option. On most versions of Android, choose Security & privacy, Security, or Security & location

  3. Find the option to set your lock screen access code. Usually, this will be Lock screen password or Screen lock

  4. You should now be able to choose the option to disable your lock screen. Depending upon your version of the Android OS, tap Disable lock screen password or None (to specify no passcode security). You'll need to enter your current PIN or passcode to make this change and then confirm this choice in a pop-up window.

    Disabling the lock screen on an Android phone.

How to Remove Screen Lock on Samsung Galaxy Phones

  1. Start the Settings app.

  2. Tap Lock screen

    For older Galaxy devices, it's here: My Device > Personalization > Lock Screen

  3. Tap Screen lock type and enter your current passcode. 

  4. Tap None. You'll need to confirm you want to do this by tapping Remove data, which will erase all biometric security data from your phone. 

    Disabling the lock screen on a Samsung Galaxy phone.

The Risks of Android Lock Screen Removal

There's no question that lock screens can sometimes be annoying or inconvenient, and disabling it means you'll never need to enter a passcode or wait for biometric security. But consider this very carefully before you do: having no lock screen exposes you to a lot of risk. 

If you phone is lost, misplaced, or even just out of your control briefly, anyone with physical access to your phone can open it immediately. This makes your private information extremely vulnerable, which is a particular concern since identity theft is such a concern these days.  

If you really don't want to enter a passcode each time you open your phone, rather than disabling your lock screen, consider turning on biometric security (like a fingerprint reader or face recognition) if your phone supports those features. 

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