While going through the process of unlocking your phone is not the most arduous task you will ever face, one developer has created an app which will do it for you automatically, depending on where you are.
xda-developers member, Ben74, has created an app for Android called ‘Unlock with WiFi’ which will automatically unlock your phone when it recognises your home network – or other friendly networks you have saved. This will mean that while you are at home you won’t have to constantly enter your PIN, passcode or pattern to unlock your phone every time you want to use it. Then, when you leave and the WiFi disconnects, it will automatically lock your phone again. However you will need to enter the passcode/PIN/pattern the first time after you connect with the WiFi – a measure intended to protect the contents of the phone if it was stolen.
However this is not all that this little app does. There are also options to automatically turn off WiFi on your phone when you leave home, turn on GPS when you leave home and turn off GPS when you get home. The app also allows you to set a lock delay when you’re not at home. This means that when you turn the screen off, the device won't lock for 5 seconds (default setting). That way, if you remember something you forgot to do you can turn it back on without entering your password.
The app is currently available in a beta version, which will expire on April 15. Ben74 is currently polling people on whether this app should be ad-supported or paid for and seeking feedback from users on the XDA Forum. In the forum, Ben74 says he is considering adding a feature to turn WiFi on when you arrive home, but only if there is enough requests to do so.
Is unlocking your phone such a chore that this app is appealing to you or do you enjoy tracing out those patterns every time?