What’s Samsung Galaxy S6 lock screen?
Samsung Galaxy S6 lock screen protects your S6 from unintended access and actions, when the screen is not off.
If you set pattern, PIN, password or fingerprints to unlock the phone, Samsung Galaxy S6 lock screen can also protect your phone from unauthorized access.
From Samsung Galaxy S6 lock screen, by default, without unlocking the phone, you can:
- check time/data;
- check weather info;
- access camera;
- make emergent calls;
- preview notifications;
check pedometer readings.
To access more features of the phone or use apps (except Camera), you need unlock the phone.
Please note, Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge have identical lock screen, so this guide also applies to Samsung Galaxy S6 edge lock screen. For the edge screen in Galaxy S6 edge, please check this guide.
How to access, lock and unlock Samsung Galaxy S6 lock screen
By default, you can press the Galaxy S6 Power button to turn off the screen and lock the phone.
Also, if Galaxy S6 is not used for a specified period (screen timeout), the Galaxy S6 screen turns off automatically and Galaxy S6 will be locked later after another specified period (set under Settings—Lock screen —lock automatically).
When Galaxy S6 is locked, you will get the Samsung Galaxy S6 lock screen whenever the screen is on. The Galaxy S6 screen may be turned on when:
- pressing the Power button;
- pressing the Home button;
- receiving a new notification;
- receiving a call;
- receiving an alarm alert
- receiving an event reminder.
To unlock Galaxy S6 lock screen, by default, when the screen is on, you can swipe in any direction (if swipe is set as lock screen security) as shown below.
How to set Samsung Galaxy S6 lock screen security
Samsung Galaxy S6 allows you to change the way that you lock the screen to prevent others from accessing your personal information or using the phone without your consent.
To set Samsung Galaxy S6 lock screen security, go to Settings— Lock screen and security — Screen lock type, and then select a screen lock method mentioned below.
After setting Samsung Galaxy S6 lock screen security (lock type), you must use the lock type (pattern, PIN, password, fingerprint) you specified to unlock the phone. Some lock types may accept alternative methods.
You can choose from the following lock types for Samsung Galaxy S6 lock screen security.
Draw a pattern by connecting four dots or more, and then draw the pattern again to verify it.
Set a backup PIN to unlock the screen when you forget the pattern.
A PIN consists of numbers only.
Enter at least four numbers, and then enter the PIN again to verify it.
A password consists of characters and numbers.
Enter at least four characters including numbers and symbols, and then enter the password again to verify it.
Register your fingerprints to unlock the screen. The fingerprint sensor is located in the Home button which is located below the screen. Please check this page for Galaxy S6 layout, and this page for Galaxy S6 edge layout.
You need register your fingerprint first. When registering fingerprint, you will be asked to setup an alternative password (or backup password).
How to use smart lock for Samsung Galaxy S6 lock screen
Android Lollipop smart lock is fully supported in Samsung Galaxy S6. You can unlock Samsung Galaxy S6 lock screen with:
- trusted devices, e.g., a Bluetooth device or a NFC device.
- trusted locations, e.g., home, or office.
- trusted voice.
your face(Galaxy S6 or S6 edge does not face unlock).
Please read this guide on how to use smart lock for Samsung Galaxy S6 lock screen.
What can I do if I forget Samsung Galaxy S6 lock screen pattern, PIN, password, or fingerprints are not recognized?
Update: Android Device Manager does not offer screen lock reset any more. This means you cannot unlock Galaxy S6 or S6 edge with Android Device Manager. I am not sure whether or when Google will bring back this most useful feature of Android Device Manager.
The current solution is to use Samsung Find My Mobile, which is enabled in your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge by default already, if you have a Samsung account. Find My Mobile allows you to unlock the screen lock from a web browser. You can then set a new screen lock if you want.
Please follow this detailed guide on how to unlock your Galaxy S6 lock screen with Samsung Find My Mobile, if your password or fingerprint is not recognized.
If you forget the lock pattern, you can use the backup PIN. If you forget this PIN either, you can use your Google account to unlock Galaxy S6. Please read on. If fingerprints are not recognized or accepted in Samsung Galaxy S6 lock screen, you can use the alternative password. If you forget this alternative password as well, you can still use your Google account to unlock Galaxy S6. Please read on. Anyway, if you have no way to unlock Galaxy S6 with pattern, PIN, password, fingerprints or backup PIN/password, you can try to unlock Galaxy S6 with your Google account from your PC or from another mobile device. In your PC, just Google Android Device Manager, or access the URL directly: https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager Then log in with your Google account password and follow the instructions to “set lock” (it is a bit confusing, it is actually reset the lock) for your device. You can also download the Android Device Manager app and reset the screen lock for your devices.
If your Samsung Galaxy S6 lock screen does not lock the screen, and screen security rolls back to swipe, here is the solution.
Some Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge reported this issue: even you set the lock screens security as pattern, PIN, password, or fingerprints, the setting switches back to swipe automatically. I can reproduce it in Galaxy S6, but not on Galaxy S6 edge.
The solution is that you have to visit the Settings — Secure lock settings — Lock automatically once. Ryan also reported the similar solution.
Here are the detailed steps.
Step 1: Go to Settings—Lock screen and security as shown below
Step 2: Tap Secure Lock settings as shown below.
Step 3: Tap Lock automatically.
Step 4: Choose the timing.
The default is 5 seconds. This means Galaxy S6 locks the phone 5 seconds after the screen is off. You can set screen timeout in Settings—Display —Screen timeout.
This step is actually not necessary. But you need open this page. Then tap the back button.
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For other features of Galaxy S6, please check Galaxy S6 online manual page.
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