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How to Add Security with Android Tablet’s Lock Screen

Use the lock screen to increase the protection of your Android tablet. Add a password, PIN, pattern, or face unlock, also called face recognition, for enhanced security. Employ a lock screen, which is better than the standard sliding lock.

First you have to find the locks, so follow these steps.

  1. At the Home screen, touch the Apps icon.

  2. Open the Settings app.

  3. Choose Security.

    On some tablets, the item is titled Location and Security.

    You might also find the screen locks under the Lock Screen category.

  4. Choose Screen Lock.

    This might be called Configure Lock Screen on some tablets.

    If a screen lock is already set, you must type the PIN or password or trace the pattern to continue.

  5. The Choose Lock Screen appears.

    It may have a different title.

    A list appears of the available screen locks.

    The most secure way to lock an Android tablet is a full-on password, but there are options:

    • None: The screen doesn’t lock. Choosing this option disables all locks.

    • Slide or Swipe: The standard locking screen. Slide the Unlock button or swipe the screen to unlock the tablet.

    • Face Unlock: The tablet’s front camera recognizes your face. This option may not be available on all Android tablets.

    • Pattern: You trace a pattern on the touchscreen to unlock the tablet.

    • PIN: You type a personal identification number (PIN).

    • Password: You type a password to unlock your tablet.

  6. Follow the prompts to set the type of protection you prefer.

    For face unlock (also called face recognition), be sure to set a backup patter or PIN.

  7. Be sure to set a pattern or PIN to use later if you want to change the lock.

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