With Smart Lock on the Galaxy Note 8, you can skip the fingerprint scanner in most situations. This feature recognizes trusted environments so the phone can unlock itself. You won’t need a fingerprint, face scan or PIN to use your phone. This works at home, connected to your car stereo and there’s even an option to set it up to trust your voice.
Smart Lock enables the Galaxy Note 8 to unlock itself most of the time. You will still have to use a PIN, fingerprint scanner, or Iris eye scanner on occasion.
If you’re getting frustrated trying to scan your eyes or reach the fingerprint scanner we recommend using Smart Lock. Below we go over what you need to know and how to use this feature today.
How to Use Smart Lock on the Galaxy Note 8
To get started find Smart Lock on the Lock screen and security menu in Settings. This feature gives you several options for fast device access: On-body detection, Trusted places, Trusted devices, and Trusted voice.
- Tap the gear-shaped Settings button in the notification bar (or find Settings in the app tray)
- Select Lock screen and security
- Tap Smart Lock
- Enter your PIN or password to continue
You’ll see four different modes to choose from, pick whichever works best for you. I’m using Trusted devices and Bluetooth, so when I connect the Note 8 to my car stereo or it’s near a smartwatch I don’t need to unlock it. The software recognizes I’m near a trusted device and bypasses the lock screen method temporarily. Smart Lock works with any NFC or Bluetooth device.
- Click Trusted devices
- Tap + Add trusted device
- Select from Bluetooth or NFC (it will search and find any nearby connected device)
- Choose which accessory and then select Add as trusted device
Now the Galaxy Note 8 will stay unlocked when it’s connected and near that device. If you disconnect from the stereo or leave a trusted place Smart Lock turns off. Then, your PIN or fingerprint lock screen method kicks back into place. If it gets lost or stolen and the connection drops it will instantly lock itself.
This makes it easier to use the Galaxy Note 8 each and every day, only requiring a fingerprint scanner when it’s truly needed.
Another option is “On-body detection”. This will unlock the Galaxy Note 8 as long as it’s in motion, like when you’re holding it and walking. The phone will lock and require your PIN or fingerprint when it stops moving, or you set it down. Just tap On-body detection and flip the switch to on to enable this feature.
Set your home as a trusted place and only unlock it once while you’re home. As long as you stay home, you won’t need to unlock the screen. You’ll need to use a security method once you leave that trusted area. This uses GPS, WiFi and Google Maps for an accurate location reading. It’s extremely useful, although some might want to skip the home feature if they have kids.
Last but not least, you can set up a trusted voice to quickly unlock the Note 8. To try this out, enable “Trusted voice” in the Smart Lock menu, then follow the prompts to train it to recognize your individual voice. Now just say, “Ok Google” and the phone will instantly unlock. See, no fingerprint scanner or Iris scan is necessary.
Is Smart Lock Worth Using?
So, is smart lock worth using? Absolutely. It’s extremely easy to set up, works great, and cuts down on how often you need to use a fingerprint scanner or alternative lock screen methods. With the fingerprint scanner being so hard to reach, this is almost a must-use feature.
In closing, Trusted Places may drain battery life because it uses GPS. Then, On-body detection may not lock the device immediately, like in cases of theft, because it takes a few seconds to register and kick into place. This is a very useful feature but it’s not perfect. Just keep that in mind.
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