Enabling the Android lock screen is usually the first thing people do with their smartphones. It is the first line of defense if it is stolen or lost, plus it keeps prying eyes from snooping. But when you’re at home you usually don’t have to worry about those kinds of things and having to unlock it everytime can get annoying. But having to enable and disable the android lock screen is even more troublesome and annoying. Fortunately there is a free android app that will take care of this for you.
Get the Safe Areas App
Go to the Google Play Store and do a search for Safe Areas.
Once you see the screen above, go ahead and install it.
Make sure you are on your Home WiFi network. Then after installation. Go ahead and open it. You will be presented with the following screen. You can go ahead check the box and continue.
Next, Safe Areas is going to ask you for administrative permissions. Basically this so it can enable/disable the android lock screen feature. Don’t worry this is not the same thing as root access. go ahead and click “Grant Permissions”.
Safe Areas will let you know what permissions are needed. Go ahead and select “Activate”.
Next, you’ll need to set a password. Go ahead and select “Set Password”.
You can use your current PIN or password or choose a new one. This is to access your Android lock screen. Unfortunately, Safe Areas doesn’t work with a patten lock. I chose a PIN number for this tutorial. When Safe Areas enables the lock screen when you’re off your Home WiFi, this is the password / PIN you will need to unlock it. So make sure you will remember it!!
Now you’re ready to create a safe area. Make sure you are connected to your Home WiFi network for this step. Go ahead and select “Create Safe Area”.
After creating your safe area, you should see your home Wifi Network displayed as a Safe Area.
Configure Safe Areas
Create a Safe Area to Disable the Android Lock Screen
Safe Areas is now configured and running. You can add other WiFi networks if you choose to. This way if you’re at home, work or anywhere it would be more convenient to have the Android lock screen disabled. Whenever you leave that network, the Android lock screen will be enabled and you will be secure once more. There are paid apps out there, but as a free solution, this one is pretty good. Give it a try, it’s the small conveniences that make you smile!