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This is one of the best new features in Android 5.0, and you don’t even know about it

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:53PM EST
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Some of the best Android apps in the world are the ones that you install, set up and then completely forget about because they work behind the scenes to improve your Android experience. One such app is called Dislock, and I have been using it for quite some time. This awesome free utility completely disables a device’s lock screen security when it is connected to a trusted Wi-Fi network or a trusted Bluetooth device.

Lock screen security is incredibly important, of course, but I don’t want to have to tap in my PIN code to unlock my phone when I’m at home, or when my phone is connected to the Bluetooth in my car.

Of course, not everyone knows about Dislock, but Android 5.0 has brought a similar function to all compatible Android devices thanks to a recent Google Play Services update.

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In the coming months, dozens of top Android smartphones and tablets will be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop, and they will gain access to a number of great new features when they finally get Google’s latest OS. Thanks to a newly available update to Google Play Services noted by Android Police, one of those new features is called “Trusted Places.”

Using the new Smart Lock feature enabled by this update, users can now configure geographic areas where a device’s lock screen security will be disabled. So, for example, you won’t need to input your lock screen PIN when you’re at home or in your office.

Here are a few screenshots that show the feature in action:

In combination with Android’s existing support for trusted Bluetooth devices, this new Trusted Places feature finally takes the pain out keeping your phone as secure as possible.

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