Android smartphones come with a lock screen to protect your privacy and secure your device. However, not everyone knows how to manage their Android lock screen. In this blog post, we will show you how to manage your Android lock screen using the settings on your device.
ENABLE LOCK SCREEN NOTIFICATIONS
Lock screen notifications can be incredibly helpful in keeping you aware of what's happening on your phone even when it's locked. Android allows you to choose which notifications you want to see on your lock screen, and we're here to show you how. First, you can choose whether you want to show both alerts and silent notifications, show alerts only, or not show any notifications at all. To change this setting, go to your phone's settings (usually, by swiping down from the top and tapping on the gear symbol) and select Notifications.Scroll down to and tap Notifications on lock screen. Here, you can choose from three different selections: show conversations (both default and silent); hide silent conversations and notifications. By default, Android will show all of your alerts and notifications on your lock screen. If you want to customize this setting further or just want to simplify things a bit, these instructions will help.
CHOOSE WHICH APPS APPEAR ON YOUR LOCK SCREEN
You can choose which apps appear on your lock screen and thus, have the ability to send you notifications. Go to your phone's settings. Select Notifications > App settings. There you'll see a list of your apps--you can sort them in alphabetical order, in the order of the most recent or most frequent. Use the toggle to the right of each app name to turn its notifications on or off completely. If you tap on the name of the app, you'll see more specific notification options for that app. You can determine whether it's allowed to vibrate, make noise, or show a preview on your lock screen.
GET PERSONAL INFORMATION ON YOUR LOCK SCREEN
You can give yourself a little more personal information on your lock screen. While you can choose just to get general notifications on your lock screen, such as news headlines or the weather, you can also get more personal notifications for emails, reminders, or other important information. To do this, with your phone on, tell your Google Assistant to open Assistant settings. You can also find them by going to Settings > Apps > Assistant > See all Assistant Settings > Personal results. In the Your phone tab, make sure Personal results (which lets Assistant access your email, calendar, etc.) is toggled on. You can then toggle on Personal suggestions on lock screen before you ask.
USE GOOGLE ASSISTANT ON THE LOCK SCREEN
Google Assistant can be a great help on the lock screen. You can use it to answer questions and follow directions without ever having to unlock your phone. However, it can also be a little annoying if you accidentally trigger it and it starts unexpectedly talking. If that's the case, you can go back to Settings > Apps > Assistant > See all Assistant Settings but this time select Lock screen. Toggle on Assistant responses on lock screen. Now when you say “Hey Google,” your phone will answer. If you want to activate Google Assistant from the lock screen without saying anything, just long press the home button.
Your Android lock screen is one of the first things you see when you turn on your phone, and it's also the first line of defense against unauthorized access to your data. By customizing your lock screen and setting up notifications, you can make sure that you're always aware of what's going on with your phone - and that important information is always just a glance away.
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