How to Password Protect your Android Phone

Android SecurityThe mobile phone might contain information, contacts and other data which are important for you. For protection of data the security was included in the mobile phone. This security measure which many users avoid is extremely helpful when someone gets access to your phone though if you lose your handset is a different case.

With your Android handset you have plenty of options for locking your mobile. There exist many apps and third-party applications which can lock your mobile phone but why to go with third-party apps when you have direct setting available on your Android mobile.

All the mobile phones including the Android based mobile includes the options of locking your phone. You can lock using various methods. The three options available for you to lock your devices are –

Pattern Unlock

By drawing a pattern among the combination of dots presents you can unlock the device when its locked. This type of trends is famous is higher end mobile phones only on touchscreen handsets. Its well understood with the image on the right.

Unlock Pattern

PIN Unlock

The unlock of phone using the PIN is old idea but much known one. A PIN (Personal Identification Number) is a 4 digit number set to unlock your device. It is preset and available under your mobile setting.

Android PIN Unlock

Password Lock
The recent on-screen keyboard for touchscreen mobile has made possible to set security by locking your through a strong password with a combination of alpha numeric and numerical and special characters.

Password unlock

Setup Lock Password

To get this security option you need to go your home screen then click on the Menu.

Now navigate to the Settings and from the location and security select Security (in certain mobile direct Security Option is available). Now select the Screen Lock options and follow the instructions to lock your device out of the options available.

Here you have the option of time setting by which your mobile phone locks, you may choose from 5 sec, 10 sec, 20 seconds or 5 minutes.

Lookout Security Application is one of the best apps for mobile security which we have reviewed it earlier.



  1. Somebody

    February 11, 2015 at 3:38 am

    In the Security section it does not have the Screen Lock option (at least not after the latest upgrade I installed). Mine only has Encryption option. I’m totally confused how to use it. Somebody, please help. My system is 4.4

  2. stephanie smith-miller

    June 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I am unable to enter the Google sign-in password for my cell. I’ve attempted to use any/all passwords used in past, including password for my current address used on laptop. There is no place included on the cell to update my new user name, either. Please include specific directions, free, as I’ve no intention of paying a site for such a simple set of directions. This is infuriating….believing I’ll need to make a special trip to a US Cellular store to fix something I could easily have done in my own home.

  3. soe moe naing

    April 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    please help! i changed my password to a pin lock and i have forgotten it, there no way of me resetting it because i can’t get into my phone! please help! my phone is HUAWEI Y300-0000

    • Pradeep Neela

      April 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      enter the device in the recovery mode and then clear the cache to get rid of the password policy

  4. nids

    March 14, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    If anyone know our lock password they can copy our files via connect USB cable. How can i protect android phone from this problem?

  5. jordan

    April 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    please help! i changed my password to a pinlock and i have forgotten it, theres no way of me resetting it because i can’t get into my phone! please help!

  6. lashay

    March 24, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    i like dis but i just wanna unlock my phone for free cuase i fogot my password to my android lg phone.

  7. sneeky

    November 29, 2011 at 9:43 am

    security issue
    set up my SG II with the pattern password, from idle mode turn on the phone with the power/lock button, doin nothin it will eventually be OFF now turn it back using the same button… wella i could access my phone without using the pattern password. i would like some opinion to other SG II user if their aware or have this kind of issue as well, if not i might have set it up differently…
    your thoughts please..
    thank you

    • Amit Bhawani

      November 29, 2011 at 10:01 am

      Thats true, need to try it out and check if its really working or not.

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