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SkipLock Is An Elegant Way To Unlock Your Phone Without Any Hassle

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If you are a privacy-minded person, but love the convenience of being able to unlock your phone without using a possibly-lengthy security measure, SkipLock is an app that may strike your fancy. Formerly branded Unlock With WiFi, this new rewritten app allows users to have their phone automatically unlock when connected to selected WiFi networks or Bluetooth devices. 

Featuring an improved “Holo” UI, SkipLock has been entirely redone from its previous iteration; although losing support for all Android versions below 4.0 in the process (the previous version, Unlock With WiFi, is still available for those customers). The service is very similar to Motorola’s “Trusted Devices” feature, and as such, does not work well with devices which have the feature enabled. To use the app, all you have to do is connect to every WiFi or Bluetooth access point you want your device to unlock when connected to, and set it to operate on that specific SSID or Bluetooth address. After doing so, you can disable the ongoing notification (though this may terminate the SkipLock process on lower-end devices) and forget that you’re using the app in the first place.

In my testing, I have found the app to be very secure and only activated when it should be, and I’d recommend grabbing this app for anyone routinely tasked with unlocking their device.

The app does not require root access, though only PIN and Password lock options are available for unrooted customers. It is available on Google Play as a free four-day trial, with a $4.99 in-app purchase to continue using it beyond that point.

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  • Tuxdreamerx

    Now to find one of these that will work with Good for Enterprise like the Motorola Skip does, but on non Motorola Devices…

  • Brady KEITH

    can anyone develop a similar app for iOS 7 (sans jailbreak)? *insert downvotes* i’m serious…i’d like a similar app, and posting a request on an iOS forum may confuse.

    • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

      If iOS was customizable enough to allow this, this site may have been called 3GS Life

      • Brady KEITH

        *rimshot*

  • NexusMan

    Funny that I discovered this app on my own last week, and since then, have seen tons of write ups on it. I tried the trial and liked it enough to purchase it. So far, so good.

    • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

      I was using the beta for over a month now :P

      Never thought to write it up until now

  • bob

    Can be done for free with xposed framework.

    • D. Sharer

      What is the module called?

  • BigTimmay

    As someone who recently moved to Chicago and rides public transportation daily, I’ve had to get used to keeping my phone locked. This app works great for when I’m on home and work wifi (where I don’t need it to be locked). Highly recommend it. I just hope he updates it unlike unlock with WiFi, which never received updates.

  • http://www.arealcoolhand.com arealcoolhand

    Delayed Lock is also a great app for this. I have been using it since the last time Unlock with Wifi was mentioned in all the Android blogs. I went with it because at the time it had all the stuff that was just now added to SkipLock. You can set conditions for skipping the lock screen using wifi, bluetooth, location and Tasker. It even has a built in remote lock feature for added security.

    • jeesung

      A big thing is Delayed Lock says it doesn’t work if Exchange Policy requires a pin, which my company requires.
      I just installed the SkipLock trial and it’s working. It does say that Root is required for that and it’s not guaranteed . . .

  • Marcellus1

    Tasker, AutomateIt and lots of others do this and more. Personally, I’m using AutomateIt–a bit easier to set up than Tasker.

  • Jason13L

    I use Pebble Locker for this. When my phone is out of range of my pebble it instantly locks my phone and turns on password unlock screen. They also have a WiFi and “other bluetooth devices” option. Free for pebble, $2.99 to unlock wifi and other features. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lukekorth.pebblelocker

  • NolBi-Wan

    Trigger (formerly known as NFC Task launcher) has WiFi triggers as part of their free app. Can also use NFC tags and Bluetooth to trigger events. Premium adds location and other triggers. You have to turn on EXPERIMENTAL ACTIONS in settings for the lock screen but I’ve been using it and it works well enough.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Pretty cool app. I’m not one to lock my phone at all but I can see it being pretty useful.

  • bretjutras

    I installed it to check it out, but our exchange settings at work prevent other apps from unlocking the phone so I guess I’m out of luck.

  • r2DoesInc

    Same functionality as NFCSecure, sans the NFC unlock option, and with half the time for a trial.

    • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

      I know you’re the dev of NFCSecure, so I see a bit of bias there, but I’d never really heard of your app so I can’t write about it. Tipping us would be your best bet to get us to check these kinds of apps out.

      • r2DoesInc

        Didnt mean to come off as bashing this app, its a fine app and one I used myself for a while before developing mine. I actually sent in a tip a few days ago offering to send you guys some free unlock codes as well.

  • ninjawarren

    I’ve written all of this (along with sound profiles and screen brightness settings) in Tasker, and that was only slightly more expensive than $5. I recommend buying Tasker and doing all of this yourself so you have access to more features.

    • e993442712

      Can you share the recipe for Tasker?

      • ninjawarren

        This setup requires Secure Settings and root. I know it’s not the best coding, but it functions and interoperates with a similar setup I have for my Pebble.

        Profile: Home Security (11)
        State: Wifi Connected [ SSID:MD MAC:* IP:* ]
        Enter: Home Security (57)
        A1: Perform Task [ Name:Screen Security Off Stop:Off Priority:5 Parameter 1 (%par1): Parameter 2 (%par2): Return Value Variable: ]
        A2: Perform Task [ Name:Home Profile Stop:Off Priority:5 Parameter 1 (%par1): Parameter 2 (%par2): Return Value Variable: ]
        A3: Variable Set [ Name:%HomeSec To:On Do Maths:Off Append:Off ]

        Exit: Home Sec Off (55)
        A1: Ringer Volume [ Level:7 Display:Off Sound:Off ]
        A2: Wait [ MS:0 Seconds:0 Minutes:5 Hours:0 Days:0 ]
        A3: Perform Task [ Name:Screen Security On Stop:Off Priority:5 Parameter 1 (%par1): Parameter 2 (%par2): Return Value Variable: ] If [ %Pebble !~ On ]
        A4: Variable Set [ Name:%HomeSec To:Off Do Maths:Off Append:Off ]

        Screen Security On (38)
        A1: Secure Settings [ Configuration:Set Pin Package:com.intangibleobject.securesettings.plugin Name:Secure Settings Timeout (Seconds):0 ]
        A2: Variable Set [ Name:%Security To:On Do Maths:Off Append:Off ]

        Home Profile (16)
        A1: Ringer Volume [ Level:3 Display:Off Sound:Off ]
        A2: WiFi [ Set:On ]

    • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

      I recommend the same. It’s just that this UI is much more simple and useful for the average user, who probably doesn’t want to be swamped with the tons of options Tasker provides.

      • ninjawarren

        I agree with you, but I think $5 is gouging.

        • http://www.arealcoolhand.com arealcoolhand

          Same here. Not even including Tasker, there are other apps that do specifically what SkipLock does and are less than three bucks.

  • Intellectua1

    Tasker reference coming in 5 4 3 2

    • T4rd

      You can do the same thing with Tasker and much more, so this app is stupid! I have a Bluetooth toilet too, so when I go take a dookie, I have tasker set to lauch my favorite apps to poop with and also to flush my toilet when I disconnect! =D Tasker > Kate Upton.

      • Jeff718

        Yup. NFC tag on the top of the toilet seat (also reminds me to put the seat down, so I can NFP-tap the seat and not hear it from spouse about leaving the seat up).

        • Kevin

          The previous two posts are ridiculous and hilarious. I’m drunk Happy New Year and thanks you for auto spell check.