How to Set a Secure Screen Lock on Your Amazon Fire Phone - dummies

How to Set a Secure Screen Lock on Your Amazon Fire Phone

By Dan Gookin

Be honest: The swipe screen lock isn’t difficult to work. If you have vital information stored in your Fire phone, and you most likely do, you need to apply a more secure screen lock. You have two choices, both of which are recommended by security experts: PIN and Password.

To set a PIN or Password lock for your Fire phone, obey these directions:

  1. Open the Settings app and tap the Lock Screen item.

    Lock screen options appear.

  2. Choose the command Set a Password or PIN.

  3. Enter a PIN or Password if one has already been set.

    The Lock Method screen shows up. Three options are available:

    • None, or the standard swipe screen lock

    • PIN, where you must type a personal identification number (PIN) to get access

    • Password, where you must type a password, which can include letters, numbers, and symbols

  4. If you don’t need a secure password, say out loud, “I’m one crazy human being,” and choose the None option. Otherwise, proceed with Step 5.

    Choosing the None option is also how to disable the PIN or password locks.

  5. Choose PIN or Password to set the appropriate lock.

    You’re required to type the PIN or Password twice to confirm that you know it.

After confirming the PIN or password, lock the phone to try it out.

The PIN or password you set appears after you unlock the screen by using the standard swipe-from-bottom-to-top action on the lock screen. Type the PIN or password and you’re granted immediate access to the phone:

  • You don’t need to work the PIN or Password locks when you answer an incoming call. You’re prompted, however, to unlock the phone if you want to use its features while you’re on a call.

  • To remove the PIN or Password screen lock, repeat these steps and choose None in Step 4.

  • The password must be at least 4 characters long.

  • The best passwords contain a mix of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and at least one symbol.

  • Don’t forget the PIN or password. As a bit of advice, you should you write them down somewhere inauspicious.