What is Google Smart Lock and how does it work?

Smart Lock is a useful service developed by Google with which you can manage all your passwords.

In this guide you will be able to know all information about Google Smart Lock, the company service to manage your passwords and unlock your mobile automatically. If you’re not particularly good at that remember the different passwords that you have in digital services such as Twitter or Instagram, we recommend the use of password managers such as Smart Lock, which are in charge of remembering them for you.

If you still do not use the advantages of this Google service, in this guide you can learn What exactly -has two well differentiated functions- and how can you use it on your devices. Without further delay, we dive right into Smart Lock to give you all the information.

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What is Google Smart Lock

Google has us accustomed to services and platforms full of functions that make our lives easier. One of them is the protagonist of Smart lock, the protagonist of this guide, which is basically a password manager that stores them in your Google account. That way, when you go to log in to a platform in the future, you won’t have to re-enter your credentials. In addition, this storage of passwords can also help you unlock the mobile if you forget the PIN, password or pattern.

Surely you have verified the operation of this function if you use Google Chrome, which usually asks you if you want to save a new password. Also, you can enjoy Smart Lock on your Android mobile, since it is a manager that comes by default in this operating system. If you are an iOS user, you can download the Google Smart Lock app free from the App Store.

As we said previously, Google Smart Lock has two different functions. On the one hand, in the settings of your mobile you can find Smart Lock, a tool that keeps the device smartly unlocked when the mobile is in very specific conditions.

Going into Smart Lock we see that it is divided into three options: body detection, which will keep the device unlocked whenever you carry it with you; Trusted sites, which will keep the phone unlocked when you are near a known place; and trusted devices, with which the unlock is maintained whenever you are close to trusted devices, for example, connected via Bluetooth.

Google password manager

Smart Lock has two different versions that you can find to protect your Android.

The other way you can find Smart Lock on your mobile is Smart Lock for passwords, characteristic of the most modern telephones. It consists of a password manager for your Google account that you can also sync with Google Chrome on the computer, saving you time remembering and entering your credentials.

When you enter a platform again, Google will ask you if you want to use the password stored in Smart Lock for passwords. If you accept, you will automatically enter. In addition, it should be mentioned that both from the mobile and the computer you can manage saved passwords: You can view, delete or edit them.

Those are the two key ways in which you can find Google Smart Lock on your mobile. Its use is not mandatory for Android users, so you can enable or disable these functions according to your interests. Here’s how you can use Google Smart Lock to get the most out of it.

How Google Smart Lock works

Let’s see how both Smart Lock and Smart Lock for passwords works so that you can use these functions on your Android -if they are available-. First we focus on Smart Lock just, which, as we have already seen, has three different options that you can individually enable or disable.

Accede to Settings> Lock Screen> Smart Lock and enter your current PIN to enter the main menu. There you will see the three functions that we have discussed: body detection, trusted sites and trusted devices. Access each of them to enable them. While in body detection you just have to slide the button to the right, in the other two remaining options you must add trusted sites and devices manually. After activating these functions, you will see how your phone remains unlocked when you walk and when you are close to home or another known device.

Google Smart Lock on Android

So you can activate the different Smart Lock functions on your mobile.

On the other side we have Smart Lock for passwords, a very useful manager to synchronize the passwords used on your mobile and computer. If the function is available on your mobile, you will find it by accessing Settings> Google> Smart Lock for passwords and enable the function box with the same name. If you want Google to automatically log in to those websites for which you have saved passwords, also check the “Automatically log in” box.

By enabling Google Smart Lock for passwords, all passwords will automatically begin to be stored in your Google account. To manage them, access Smart Lock for passwords> Saved passwords> Google account. There you can easily view all saved passwords, delete or edit them.

You can too store and manage passwords from Google Chrome on your computer. Click on your profile picture in the upper left corner and then on the key button. This will access the Passwords menu, where you will find options such as “Ask if I want to save passwords” or the well-known “Start session automatically”. From that same menu you can also edit or delete the passwords saved in your Google account.

Google Chrome password manager

In Google Chrome you can also manage the passwords stored in your Google account.

If you are one of the users who use numerous services and digital platforms regularly, or your memory usually fails, Google Smart Lock is a great password manager that will do the complicated work for you. In addition, as you have been able to verify in this guide, its operation is simple and can save you from many problems. To finish, we remember that you should always configure strong passwords that protect all your private data.

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