How to set a Pattern, PIN or Password on your Lock screen

Last modified : Feb 11. 2020

You can set up a screen lock type to help secure your Galaxy phone or tablet. Each time you turn on your device or wake up the screen, you’ll be asked to unlock your device, with your chosen pascode. Click one of the drop down menus below to learn how to set a pattern, pin or password on your Galaxy device.

 

If your Galaxy device supports biometric security check out our page Setting up the Biometrics and Security to setup your fingerprint or facial recognition.

Android OS Version 7.0 (Nougat) & 8.0 (Oreo)Click to Expand
1 Go into the Settings menu > Lock screen and security.
Settings > Lock screen and security
2 Tap Screen lock type.
Tap Screen lock type
3 Select the Screen lock type you wish to use.
Select the screen lock type.
4 As an example, Pattern lock type was created. Tap Continue repeat the step and then tap Confirm.
Remember your pattern
Remember your pattern
5 Select display options for your notifications on the lock screen. Once selected, tap Done to complete the process.
Select your display options
6 Your Lock screen has been successfully created.
Lock screen has been created
Android OS Version 9.0 (Pie)Click to Expand
1 Head into your Settings > Lock Screen
Setting > Lock Screen
2 Tap on Screen lock type
Tap on Lock Screen
3 Choose your preferred screen lock type
Choose your preferred screen lock type
4 Enter and re-enter your passcode then tap OK
Enter and re-enter your passcode
5 Select display options for your notifications on the lock screen. Once selected, tap Done to complete the process.
Customise and control how your notifications are shown on the lock screen
Android OS Version 10.0 (Q)Click to Expand
1 Head into your Settings > Lock Screen
Head into Settings > Lock Screen
2 Tap on Screen lock type
Tap on screen lock type
3 Choose your preferred screen lock type
Choose your preferred screen lock type
4 Enter and re-enter your passcode then tap Continue
Enter and re-enter your passcode
5 Tap View style
Tap on View Style
6 Select between Details or Icons only
Select details or icons only
7 Depending on the View style you select will determine on the amount of information displayed on your Lock Screen. If you select Icons only, you will only be able to view the application icons notifications however, if you select Detail you will be able to view the application notification and message. Once complete tap on Done
Difference between Details and icons only

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