You might not realise it but you are likely to have a lot of sensitive information accessible from your Nexus 7 tablet. Setting up some basic security is a great way to try and protect yourself from prying eyes.
Once a screen lock is set, anyone trying to gain access will need to know the security code to enter, for example you can specify a pattern that has to be drawn to unlock your tablet, my lock screen looks like:
(no that isn’t my real unlock pattern!)
How to set up Nexus 7 Lock Options
So, you want to make sure no one accesses your gmail, twitter or facebook accounts if they get hold of your tablet. These services can contain plenty of personal information which you won’t want people to get at.
To switch on the screen lock option in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, you’ll need to navigate to the Settings page (find this in your apps) -> then select Security.
From the security settings page you then need to select “Screen Lock” to see the different locking options available.
The first two options, none and slide, offer no additional security, so don’t pick one of these if you are looking to control access!
Screen Lock Options
Let’s take a look through each option:
- Pin: The traditional PIN number, in the olden days this was the only way to lock our mobile phones.
- Password: A step on from a simple PIN code, this allows you to enter a password. This is potentially the strongest option assuming you set a complex password.
- Pattern: The pattern lock is the most user friendly system, just swipe between nine dots to build up your pattern, you can see an example at the top of the post. Unlocking is quick and simple, but try to set a non-obvious combination!
- Face Unlock: Select this option to setup face unlocking on your Nexus 7. Your tablet will recognise you and automatically unlock – very cool! However this doesn’t work very well in low light and could be fooled with a photo (although this has been improved, the system can wait for a blink!). Another potential drawback is that you might share the tablet with other family members, colleagues etc.
How to Recover a Lost Password
A thought that might have entered your mind is how can I unlock my Nexus 7 if I forget my password? Well, don’t worry, you can use the Google account credentials associated with your device. If you fail to enter the correct code several times an option will appear that will take you to the following screen:
And remember to set the recovery options on your Google account, when you think about what you have associated with this account you’ll not want to get locked out. Look here for more information, it’s much easier to read up about this now than to sort it out once you are locked out!
Note: Be sure to remember your unlock code, if you are unable to recover the password then you will be able to do a factory reset to get back into your Nexus, but this will result in the loss of all data.