Droid Bionic Screen Locks - dummies

Droid Bionic Screen Locks

The Droid Bionic comes with a lock, the simple touchscreen gizmo you slide to the right to unlock the phone and gain access to its information and features. For most folks, this lock is secure enough. For others, the lock is about as effective as fighting a forest fire with a squirt gun.

You can add three additional types of screen locks to your phone: pattern, PIN, or password. Here are the details.

Finding the Droid screen locks

The Droid Bionic stores all its screen locks in the same location: on the Choose Screen Lock screen. Heed these steps to visit that screen:

  1. At the Home screen, press the Menu soft button.

  2. Choose Settings.

  3. Choose Location & Security.

  4. If no additional lock is set, choose Set Up Screen Lock; otherwise, choose Change Screen Lock.

If the screen lock is already set, you have to work the lock to proceed: Trace the pattern or type the PIN or password to continue. You then get access to the Choose Screen Lock screen, which contains four items: None, Pattern, PIN, and Password.

  • The lock you apply affects the way you turn on and wake up your Droid Bionic.

  • The locks don’t appear when you answer an incoming phone call. You are, however, prompted to unlock the phone if you want to use its features while you’re on a call.

The lock doesn’t show up!

The lock screen shows up whenever you turn on the phone or whenever you wake it up from Sleep mode. Whether the lock appears after awakening the phone depends on how long the phone has been sleeping. If you awaken the phone right away, for example, the lock may not even show up. The timing depends on the Security Lock Timer setting.

The Security Lock Timer setting specifies how long the phone waits after being put to sleep before the screen lock appears. Initially, the timer is set to 20 minutes. You can set it to a shorter interval, which is more secure: From the Home screen, press the Menu soft button and choose Settings. Choose Location & Security, and then choose Security Lock Timer. Choose a new time-out value from the list.

Removing a screen lock

To disable the pattern, PIN, or password screen lock on your Droid Bionic, choose the None option from the Screen Unlock Security screen. When None is chosen, the phone uses the standard slide lock.