Unlock With WiFi

Unlock With WiFi

10,000 - 50,000 downloads

  • Great app concept
  • Useful
  • Easy to set
  • Turn on/off toggles automatically
  • Expensive
  • Design
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Expert's Review

"Disable lock screen while in safe environments"

Reviewed by / Jul 18, 2013

Skip Lock Screen disables you lock screen or security pattern when you are connected to a "known" network

Users set PINs and patterns to unlock lockscreen not because that's fun. Actually, it's quite annoying but that's the price we all have to pay to keep our phones "safe". There are some apps that try to offer solutions such as automatically switch off lockscreen when the phone is closed to a location (often using GPS). Skip Lock Screen is different: it only disables lockscreen when you are connected to "known" and "allowed" WiFi networks.

Thus, after downloading the app you must set your "home" or "work" or whatever network you consider safe. After adding it to the app, you'll be able to use your phone with no need to unlock it all the time. However, first time you connect to any of those network, you'll have to input the security code you have previously set. That's to avoid anyone approaching your home and connecting to your network after stealing your phone.

In addition, other battery saving options can be performed automatically after connecting/disconnecting our "known" networks such as: turn off WiFi when leaving home, turn on/off bluetooth, turn on/off auto sync or set a lock delay (experimental).

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Developer's original description available here
ANNOUNCEMENT: This app has a successor named SkipLock. It is similar to Unlock With WiFi, but with some major new features. If you bought Unlock With WiFi in the last two months, please contact me and I will either refund your purchase or give you a free copy of SkipLock. You don't *have* to switch to SkipLock. If you are happy with Unlock With WiFi, stick with it. It will still be supported.

For a full explanation of why SkipLock was created, see this blog post: http://benhirashima.com/posts/the-rebirth-of-unlock-with-wifi/

This app is NOT the unlock key for SkipLock. Do not buy this app if you want to use SkipLock.

Tired of entering your password every time you turn on your phone? Unlock With WiFi™ unlocks your phone when you're connected to your home WiFi network. When you're at home, or work, you don't need to worry about losing your phone, so why should you have to enter your password?

Unlock With WiFi is the leading password convenience app on the market. It's focus is on reliability, quality, and a great user experience. The setup wizard makes it easy to setup, and helpful dialogs are displayed if something isn't quite right.

How it works:

When you get home and connect to your WiFi network, your device will unlock. Then when you leave, and the WiFi disconnects, the device will lock again. You have to enter your password the first time after you connect to your WiFi network. This is so that if someone steals or finds your phone, they can't just bring it to your house to unlock it. After you enter your password once while connected to your WiFi network, you won't have to enter it again until you leave/disconnect. This is great for SMS texting!

Additional Features:

You can also set a lock delay, for when you're not at home. The default delay is set to 5 seconds (you can adjust it), so when you turn the screen off, the device won't lock until 5 seconds have passed. That way, if you remember something you forgot to do, you can turn it back on without entering your password. This feature is considered experimental at this time. It works on most devices, but isn't guaranteed to work on all devices.

There are also battery saving options to:

Turn off WiFi when you leave home
Turn on Bluetooth when you leave home
Turn off Bluetooth when you get home
Turn off Auto Sync when you leave home
Turn on Auto Sync when you get home
WidgetLocker integration

If you have trouble with this app, please email me. Don't give me a bad review until I have a chance to help you get it working! Send an email with Unlock With WiFi in the subject to unlockwithwifi@benhirashima.com. If it doesn't have Unlock With WiFi in the subject, it will be filtered as spam.

IMPORTANT: To uninstall this app, you must select Uninstall from the menu inside the app. The normal way won't work if device admin mode is enabled.

WARNING: This app doesn't work on some phones. Please read this description carefully, and the FAQ. http://benhirashima.com/unlockwithwifi/faq

Known Limitations:

The app is not compatible with Motorola Skip or Dots.
Do not install this app on the SD card. It will not be secure if you do.
It won't work on phones that have full device encryption enabled.
It won't work if your employer enforces a password policy on your phone. Some corporate Exchange email users have this.
Only PINs and passwords can be used in Android 4.0 and above. Patterns and face unlock are not supported.
Unlock With WiFi is incompatible with some antivirus and battery saver apps. See the FAQ for details.
Make sure to exclude Unlock With WiFi from your task killer apps, or it won't work properly.

See the FAQ for more details http://benhirashima.com/unlockwithwifi/faq

Tech support is only available in English.

By downloading this software, you are agreeing to the End User License Agreement, which can be read here: http://benhirashima.com/unlockwithwifi/eula.

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Comments and ratings for Unlock With WiFi
  • (66)

    by geir.rodne on 15/04/2011

    oh.. to bad i've got an iphone... :-) any similar apps for my iphone

  • (66)

    by Congalej Orlando on 02/06/2014

    Excelente Aplicacion

  • (66)

    by Richard Sylvester on 14/05/2014

    Works perfectly

  • (66)

    by victor dhuphar on 15/04/2014

    Does not work with my S5 fingerscaner

  • (66)

    by Zachariah Park on 10/03/2014

    If you have an older phone this is still very worth it, but most likely you have a newer phone so go with Skiplock for a few more features also.

  • (66)

    by Richard Still on 18/02/2014

    This app was a great idea and worked well, however I've been prompted to write a review due to the developer deciding to snub his existing customers. Why you would choose to penalise earlier adopters escapes me. I wouldn't have minded but the developers attitude is remarkably dismissive and aloof.

  • (66)

    by Lucien Foss on 08/02/2014

    No way to rely ably turn hide notifications. Bad support. But, good transition to highly improved remake.