How to Create a Lock Screen Pattern on Your Samsung Galaxy Tab - dummies

How to Create a Lock Screen Pattern on Your Samsung Galaxy Tab

By Dan Gookin

The Galaxy Tab gives you both hardware and software options to lock the device. The hardware lock opens with a simple slide of the Unlock button outside of the locking ring. If you prefer to have a lock that’s not so easy to pick, you can set up a pattern screen lock.

Lock screen security is set on the Set Screen Lock window. Here’s how to get there:

  1. From the Home screen, touch the Apps Menu button.


  2. Choose the Settings app.

  3. Choose Location & Security.

  4. Choose Configure Screen Lock.

  5. Choose Pattern.

    If you’ve not yet set a pattern lock, you may see a tutorial describing the process; touch the Next button to skip over the dreary directions.

  6. Trace an unlock pattern.

    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.


  7. Touch the Continue button.

  8. Redraw the pattern.

    You need to prove to the doubtful Galaxy Tab that you know the pattern.

  9. Touch the Confirm button.

    And the pattern lock is set.

Ensure that a check mark appears by Use Visible Pattern on the Location & Security window. The check mark ensures that the pattern shows up. For even more security, you can disable the option, but you have to be sure to remember how — and where — the pattern goes.

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

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

The screen lock shows up right away whenever you sleep the Galaxy Tab. It doesn’t have to: You can assign a delay to the screen lock, telling it to kick in after a given amount of time. That way you can wake up the Tab and not have to toil with a lock. It’s a feature that comes in handy if you find your Tab always falling asleep on you.

To see the screen lock delay, choose the Timeout item on the Location & Security screen. Choose a timeout value from the scrolling list. The Tab comes configured with the Immediately value set. Other values you can choose range from 5 seconds up to 30 minutes.