Samsung Galaxy S3: How to Turn Off Screen Lock

When you using the Samsung Galaxy SIII as your own devices, you can choose which features are useful for you and which one you want to use. You can also customize this phone as your wish and needs. One of the thing on this phone that you can customize is its lock screen. You can change its content, background image or shortcuts.

See also: How to Customize Lock Screen on Samsung Galaxy S3

By enabling the lock screen on your phone means that you have given more security, because to be able to use the phone user must first enter a PIN or password. But, for some reason you may want to remove lock screen from your Galaxy SIII, for example if you do not want to always enter a PIN or password to unlock the phone from standby mode.

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How to turn off lock screen?
As written on bell.ca, to turn off the lock screen on your phone then following the steps below:
  1. Go to Apps through Home screen.
  2. Scroll down until you find Settings, then tap on it.
  3. Scroll down until you find Security, then tap on it.
  4. Tap on Screen lock.
  5. Here you will be prompted to enter a PIN or password to be able to change the lock screen settings.
  6. Tap on the Next button to confirm your PIN or password.
  7. On screen lock option, tap on None.
  8. Finish. Now a screen lock on your phone has been successfully disabled.

This may be your choice to enable or not lock screen on your phone, but turn it off means you make your phone become less secure and unauthorized people could use your phone more easily. So, before you decide to turn the lock screen off, then first consider whether your priority is comfort or security. Hope this article will be useful for you :)

24 comments:

  1. None is grey'ed out.

    Steps are not as is...
    Step 3 should be find lock screen.
    4 is good
    5 enter your pin, then NEXT
    None is grey'ed out, I can`t select it, the only option that I could do is setup the password.
    Under None it says Disabled by administrator, encryption ^policy or credential storage.

    Under Security I Clear Credentials.
    under Device Administrator I have nothing.. No device Administrators available.

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    1. Hi Sylvain Corney,
      Sorry for the late answer.
      I've spent half of this day to walk through many forum to find relevant solution to your issue. Previously, I want to know, did you run program that need to set up screen lock first, such as FoxFi or something like that? Or did you use VPN connection? Or have you ever setup for corporate or exchange email account then delete this account? If so, here are the tips you may want to try:
      1. When you run FoxFi or something like that, the side effect is your Android system will require you to set a screen lock first, and only allows Pattern, PIN or Password when you install any user certificates. To undo the screen lock you have to remove the FoxFi certificate first simply by select clear credentials under security settings (but it didn't work for you). So, you may try to use pattern to lock your screen for simplicity.
      2. If you have had a VPN connection, try to delete it then try to disable your lock screen.
      3. Someone in xda-developer forum post similar issue with yours. He had installed corporate email which the process is require to set up lock screen password, then he uninstall his email but his password can't be disabled. He has done clear credential and sees nothing under device administrator, the same situations with yours. Here is how he solves his problem, I quote it from his post:
      "The device administrator got deleted when i uninstalled the email account. So i re setup my account and then went back into the device administrators. Now i saw email app as a device admin. It has a check box which was enabled. i disabled it, rebooted the mobile and cleared credentials again. Again reboot and i was able to disable lock screen."

      Hope it helps :)

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    2. Had the same problem, and your solution worked! Just wanna say thank you!

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    3. Hi Chenfeng Bao,
      Thanks for coming.
      I'm more than happy to know that it works for you.
      Enjoy reading and have a nice day :)

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    4. Bingo, I knew there was a reason, couldn't recall... removing an obsolete VPN did it for me. It must use the lock screen pattern as the seed for encryption or something (unless it just blindly assumes you want device security to protect the endpoint of a private network!)

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    5. Hi Amram,
      Thanks for coming and your willing to share you useful experience here. Also, I'm happy to know that finally you can solve your problem on your own :)

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    6. I previously install exchange. I followed the instructions above and they did not work any other ideas?

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    7. Hi Cindi,
      Thanks for coming.
      Usually the "None" button is disabled because the apps installed in the device need a security which mean you need to uninstall the apps to solve the problem, or you use encryption on the device or SD card which mean you need to turn off them if you want to re-enable the "None" button. So, the best way is do your own further investigation to know whether the causes is certain installed apps or certain security settings on your phone.
      Hope this helps :)

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    8. Wow really thank you so much I just clicked remove creditanals and it worked. That was a problem for so long

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    9. Hi Relu Mayer,
      Thanks for coming.
      Glad to know that one of the tips listed here works for you :)

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  2. I don't have "screen lock" under my security tab. How do I remove my lock?

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    1. Hi Laurie Davis,
      Thanks for coming.
      Take a look to Settings> scroll down to Lock screen (or something like that) tap on it. Once you've find this option, you can continue to the step #5.
      Hope this helps :)

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    2. Thanks!!! This was very helpful.

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    3. Hi Frank Robert Salatino,
      Thanks for coming.
      I'm more than happy to know it works for you :)

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  3. Hi, I have a VPN on my S3, however, I don't want to delete it. I'm in China, and need the VPN active on the phone to be able to use many of the apps I like using.
    How can I choose "None", WITHOUT uninstalling the VPN?

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    1. Hi Liz Morris,
      Thanks for coming.
      AFAIK, when the VPN is still there, then the "None" button will stay greyed out. However, may anybody here who know the "trick" willing to tell us how to do so.

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  4. I have a galaxy S III and a screen lock was requested as I was attempting to connect to Wi-Fi at school. Now I can't remove it because NONE is greyed out in Lock Screen. Please help!

    Keisha

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    1. Hi Keisha Raven,
      Thanks for coming.
      Please take a look at my reply on Sylvain Corney's comment, he also has the similar problem with you. Or you can visit my post about how to fix the None button grayed out here:http://inside-galaxy.blogspot.com/2013/10/samsung-galaxy-s3-how-to-fix-none.html
      Hope this helps :)

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  5. I cannot take it off becase my phone is encrypted and I no longer want the password it is greyed out in settings and I've tryed erasing the certificates which did not work plz help

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    1. Hi Jace Burke,
      Thanks for coming.
      I'm so sorry I have no idea about how to de-encrypt the phone in your case. But, you're right that you will not be able to turn off the lock screen until you de-encrypt your phone. However, I just found a useful link that might be help you to solve the problem. Here's the link:http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2374556 or http://www.hindoogle.com/blog/2012/11/how-to-decrypt-a-samsung-galaxy-s-iii/
      Hope this helps :)

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  6. Hey! Just wanted to say THANK YOU! I put a password protected screen lock and couldn't figure out how to disable it until I found your site. Once again, thank you!!

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    1. Hi Elizabeth,
      Thanks for coming.
      I'm so glad to know that this post has helped you :)

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  7. Thank You So Much !!! I have been looking for days ! and all i had to do was delete the VPN ! Thanks Again

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    1. Hi Daysha Roberts,
      Thanks for coming.
      I'm happy to know that you can find something useful here :)

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