How to Create an Unlock Pattern for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - dummies

How to Create an Unlock Pattern for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

By Dan Gookin

The unlock pattern is perhaps the most popular, and certainly the most unconventional, way to lock your Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s screen. The pattern must be traced on the touchscreen to unlock the phone. Keep in mind that this option isn’t as secure as the PIN or password, which is why a PIN is required as a backup when you choose the pattern lock.

To set the unlock pattern, follow these steps:

  1. Summon the Select Screen Lock screen.

  2. Choose Pattern.

    If you haven’t yet set a pattern, you may see a tutorial describing the process; touch the Next button to skip merrily through the dreary directions.

  3. Trace an unlock pattern.

    Use the example as your guide. You can trace over the dots in any order, but you can trace over a dot only once. The pattern must cover at least four dots.


  4. Touch the Continue button.

  5. Redraw the pattern again, just to confirm that you know it.

  6. Touch the Confirm button to set the pattern.

    Because the Pattern lock is insecure, a PIN is required:

  7. Type a backup PIN.

    Type a secret number at least four digits long.

  8. Confirm the PIN and touch the OK button.

    The pattern unlock is now set, along with its PIN backup.

Ensure that a check mark appears by the option Make Pattern Visible, found on the lock screen. That way, the pattern shows up when you need to unlock the phone. For even more security, you can disable this option, but you must remember how and where the pattern goes.

  • Although it’s popular, the pattern lock is not considered a secure screen lock. If you want security, use the Password lock.

  • To remove the pattern lock, set Swipe or None as the lock type.

  • The pattern lock can start at any dot, not necessarily at the upper left dot, shown earlier.

  • The unlock pattern can be as simple or as complex as you like. I’m a big fan of simple.

  • Wash your hands! Smudge marks on the display can betray your pattern.