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Lock and unlock your smartphone using a pattern, a password, or a PIN

Locking your smartphone screen prevents accidental or unauthorized use. While it is locked, you can still call 911.

To lock your smartphone using a password or PIN

You can set up your smartphone to require a password or PIN each time you want to use it. To set up your smartphone for password or PIN protection, do the following.

  1. From the Home screen, tap Apps.
  2. Tap All.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Select Security.
  5. Select Screen lock.
  6. Select one of the following:
    • Pattern: Select this option if you would like to draw a pattern to unlock your smartphone.
    • PIN: Select this option if you wish to use a numeric code to unlock your smartphone.
    • Password: Select this option if you wish to use a typed word to unlock your smartphone.
  7. Type the desired PIN or Password, or draw a pattern.
  8. Tap Continue.
  9. Confirm your PIN, password, or pattern.
  10. Tap OK or Confirm.
  11. Press the Power button to lock your screen.

Your smartphone locks.

To unlock your smartphone using a password or PIN

  1. Press the Power button located on the top edge of your smartphone.
  2. Drag the ring to the center of the screen.
  3. Type the screen lock PIN or Password, or draw the unlock pattern.
  4. Tap OK.

Your smartphone unlocks.

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