How to use Android 9 Pie Lockdown Mode

Android 9 Pie Lockdown Mode

Google has already released the latest version of Android 9 Pie builds to many smartphone models including Google’s own Pixel series phones. There are many new features and capabilities in the new Android Pie operating system. However, as Google announced, Android Pie focuses on security than anything. The newly introduced Android 9 Pie Lockdown mode is its most trending security feature. Here is how to activate the Android 9 Pie’s lockdown mode.

Because of the recent threats to smartphone security, Google has introduced many security settings in the Android 9.0 Pie operating system. There are plenty of newly introduced security features in the device settings. The lockdown mode is the most trending feature among them all. However, it is not a feature which can be used by anyone in any situation. You can only use it if you are very sure about what you are doing.

Android 9 Pie Lockdown Mode

In simple words, lockdown mode is a feature developed for the users who are too concerned about their private data and want to secure their information from hackers, law enforcement agents, press etc. It blocks the basic unlocking methods including the fingerprint sensor, facial-recognition, and voice-recognition features from being used. It is already illegal for law enforcement to make you enter your PIN code or a phone pattern, and with Lockdown Mode, they can’t force you to use your fingerprint sensor or facial-recognition tech either. Therefore your data remains private as long as you wish to keep them.

How to enable the lockdown mode in Android 9.0 Pie

Now you understand why it is important to enable the lockdown mode in your smartphone running Android 9.0 Pie operating system. You are in full control in this unsafe digital world. Follow the steps provided below to enable this feature in your smartphone.

  1. Open Android Settings.
  2. Select Security & Location.
  3. Open Lock screen preferences.
  4. Tap the switch on the last option to enable Show lockdown option.

Lcokscreen Preferences

That’s it! You have successfully enabled the lockdown switch on your phone.

Now the option to enable the lockdown option will pop up when you need to do that. You just need to hold down the power button for a few seconds. You can now see the Lockdown option under the power and restart options. If you enable the lockdown mode, you cannot use any of the usual methods to unlock. This includes the fingerprint sensor, the device will force you to enter your PIN code, password, or pattern.

Android 9 Pie Lockdown Mode

After entering the access code, Lockdown mode will be automatically deactivated. If you want to enable it again, you have to manually follow the steps above to do that.

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