Google’s Smart Unlock feature (which you’ll find in most modern Androids regardless of which company made yours) makes it easier to get into your phone in places (and circumstances) in which it’s safe to do so. For example, you can use your Smartwatch as a trusted device so that when your phone detects your watch, it’ll unlock without a PIN or fingerprint.
One of the options has been Trusted Places, allowing you to – in theory, at least – designate your home, school or workplace as a trusted place, in which your phone will automatically unlock.
However, Android Police reported yesterday that this feature had strangely disappeared.
It seems that this may have just been an aberration – comments on a Google+ post about the feature say it reappeared after an update to Google Play Services (which you can grab the most recent version of at APK Mirror). Some users have reported that although the option has returned to the menu, the feature still isn’t functional, but your mileage may vary.
Frankly, this is one of Secure Unlock’s features that I rarely use personally – just because I’m at work doesn’t mean I’m happy for someone else to walk past my desk, pick up my phone and start using it. I’d rather make sure it’s on me (using On-Body Detection), or near enough to my smartwatch, before I disable that unlock function.
Then again, considering how easy fingerprint unlock is to use, Smart Lock’s utility is certainly less these days. If your phone doesn’t support fingerprint or face recognition, though, Smart Unlock can certainly come in handy (when paired to your car’s Bluetooth, for example).
Do you use Smart Unlock or Trusted Places?