Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Set Password Lock Screen

There are many ways that you can do to make your beloved Galaxy SIII to be more secure, especially from unauthorized access by using a password to unlock your phone. Moreover, this time the phone has become a device that holds a lot of important things pertaining to yourself, such as email, personal photo, etc..

See also: How to Make Samsung Galaxy S3 More Secure

Given the many functions of mobile phones today, the security of these devices is the thing you need to consider. Well, one way is to set a password for your phone.

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How to setup lock password?
As written on ilaks.com, here are the steps you need to do:
  1. Go to Settings through Samsung Galaxy SIII Home screen.
  2. Scroll down until you find Security, then tap on it.
  3. Select Security lock.
  4. Select Password.
  5. Here you can enter unlock password or pin then press on the Continue button.
  6. Confirm your password by re-enter your password or pin again then press the OK button.
  7. You can tick the checkbox "Lock instantly with power key" option if you want your phone lock with no wait period.
  8. Or you can tick the checkbox "With swipe lock" to make your phone wait for a few seconds before it locked.
  9. Click on "Lock automaticaly" then give the lock time-out limit. This will determine how long your phone waiting while idle time before its get locked.
  10. Done.

Now after you set a password on your phone, each person who will access the phone will be prompted to enter a password before they can use it. This course will increase the security of your phone. So, try this useful methods and share your experience here through the comment below :)

24 comments:

  1. this works great when your phone is just laying around how do you secure your phone if it were to ring? Anyone can answer your call and know who is calling.

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    1. Hi Buddy,
      I know how you feel, especially when you are expecting a personal call but somehow you've managed to forget your phone in clear view of unwanted company? Well, If you're looking for an app that offers feature to enter password or pin before accepting an incoming call, check out Xumba, it does just that and works very well. Here a link for you: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xumba.android
      Hope it helps :)

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  2. Hi - was wondering how to change the screenlock password? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Gucci_Lover,
      Thanks for write me a comment.
      First of all you may have to turn off your screen lock password by tap "None" option under screen lock option. For more detail steps, you can read this on our post about disable screen lock password, here's the link:http://inside-galaxy.blogspot.com/2013/05/samsung-galaxy-s3-how-to-turn-off.html Once you've finished it, then re-set up your screen lock password using the steps I've mentioned above.
      Hope this helps :)

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  3. Hi,
    I would like an set time for lock screen. Like Im at sleep nosy wife cant peak in but its off during daytime. Do you off an app like that?

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    1. Hi Pappan,
      Thanks for coming.
      I'm so sorry I really don't understand what you mean about.
      Can you please tell me again your question in a clearer words, then I will be happy to answer it.

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  4. I have two children who always mess with my phone is there a limit in how many times you can enter the wrong password in before it will lock the phone and have to get reset? Thanks

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    1. Hi Mazza Hughes,
      Thanks for coming.
      Usually if you're entering wrong password 7 or 10 times then you'll see forgot password option which will prompt you to enter your Gmail account associated with your phone and typing a new password to allow you to unlock the phone.
      Hope this helps :)

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    2. The G4 won't allow you/me the option to enter gmail ! :(

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    3. Hi Elizabeth Gonzalez,
      Thanks for coming.
      Did you forget your lock screen password?
      If you can't see the forgot password option, then you can try to unlock your phone by using the third-party app called Screen Lock Bypass. You can see the complete steps here:http://inside-galaxy.blogspot.com/2013/08/samsung-galaxy-s3-how-to-by-pass-lock.html
      FYI, the steps are written for Galaxy S3, but I believe it can be applied in other Samsung Galaxy phones.

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  5. Is there a way to set up a password for when you turn off or reboot your phone? that way if someone tries to steal your phone they can't turn it off to prevent tracking

    For the Samsung Galaxy S3

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    1. Hi Kenny,
      Thanks for coming.
      Unfortunately by default there is no way to turn off the phone using password. And after some further search on several forums, there is no app for it. Also, Samsung Galaxy S3 was come with removable battery, so I thinks whatever the method or apps that is used, people can easily turning off the phone by pulling out the battery.
      Hope this helps :)

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  6. What if someone tries the password and the phone gets locked - how would you get into the phone to reset?

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    1. Hi Gavin Bray,
      Thanks for coming.
      Usually if you have entered the wrong password several times then you'll be prompted to enter your Gmail account associated with your phone and typing a new password to allow you to unlock the phone. Another way, you could also utilize another third-party app to bypass the lock screen, such as Screen lock by pass pro app or else. If you don't mind, you're welcome to visit our post about it here:http://inside-galaxy.blogspot.com/2013/08/samsung-galaxy-s3-how-to-by-pass-lock.html
      Hope this helps :)

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  7. i have 21 months who figure out how to placed call on my phone since i give it to him to play kiddy games on it to quiet him . my long distance bill is climbing on me since in Canada most company charges .45 cent a minutes to the US, is there a way to put a password on my S4 phone that needs to be entered before a call or outgoing call is made?

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    1. Hi Lwehfc Liberia,
      Thanks for coming.
      Try to install third-party app called baby call blocker. This app will prompt the phone user(in this case, your kid) to enter the password whenever they hit the Call button in the Phone app. Here's the link:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.parupudi.apps&hl=en
      Hope this helps :)

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  8. hi.. i just want to set passwords that when i will turn on the phone, i need it to ask for passwords
    need your help plzz

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    1. Hi Saleh Ramadhan,
      Thanks for coming.
      There's an option called "Encrypt device" under security menu, when you enable it, you have to enter the PIN or password each time you turn on the phone. The encryption process may take an hour or more, depending on how much data you have. But, there are some risks when you encrypt the phone:
      1. Forget the password, and the only way to decrypt the phone is by performing the factory reset which will erase all your data.
      2. Some users have reported that they encountered some issues in their encrypted device after they did update, such as unable to read their data when they move/copy/paste certain file.
      3. This will also slow down the phone.
      4. You'll only allowed to use PIN or password as to unlock the lock screen, which will also not allow you to use some lock screen options.

      So, if you have already understand the risk and still want to encrypt the phone, you can do so by going to Settings> tap More tab> tap Security> tap "Encrypt device" and then follow the on-screen instruction.
      As a note, make sure your battery is fully charged or you can also keep your phone plugged in until the encrypt process is completed. If you interrupt the process, you may loss some or all of your data,
      Hope this helps :)

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  9. If I know my password but have incorrectly entered my password to many times and then enter the correct backup pin, will my phone still be secured with the same password or will I have to reset it?

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    1. Hi Cole Dixon,
      Thanks for coming.
      I'm so sorry to say that I don't know will it still be secured or not if you have entered your password incorrectly many times. But, if it related with security, change your password periodically is an important thing to do.

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  10. I was just wondering b/c sometimes after a late night I type it in wrong and did not know if i did so and fell asleep it would be secured... Thanks though

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    1. Hi Cole Dixon,
      Thanks for coming back here and let me know about it. In my opinion, an option always brings two sides, such as when we've chosen to use password, we'll get our phone more secure but it'll also give us less comfort and more risk to accidentally or not locking up our phones because entering an incorrect password or forget the password.

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  11. Hi when I go to my settings ot doesn't say security lock ot just say encrypt the device and show password, but I dont have a password.... so what now?

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    1. Hi Galaxy Grace,
      Thanks for coming.
      FYI, these steps are written for Samsung Galaxy S3 with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. So, if you're running with Android Jelly Bean, the steps to set lock screen password are little bit different. You can do so by going to Settings> tap "My device" tab> tap "Lock screen"> tap "Screen lock"> tap "Password" and then enter the required password you want to use on your lock screen.

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