SkipLock

Safety meets convenience with a set of great features 

You may have heard us talk about an app called Unlock With Wifi a time or two. It's an app that tells your lock screen when to become secured with a password or PIN, based on what Wifi AP you're connected to. It's one of those apps that you never really open, but your phone is always using it. It now has a new name, and a new feature-set to go along with an entirely new re-write.

SkipLock is the new handle, and on the surface it looks like a tiny tweak to Unlock With Wifi. When you go to set it up though, you'll notice the changes. You can now use a Bluetooth connection to keep your phone unlocked, rooted users can set it up with a pattern instead of a password or PIN, and you can nix the notification bar icon — three things that users have asked for.

It works just the same, set it up and as long as you're connected to a Wifi AP or Bluetooth device you've listed, your phone is in swipe-to-unlock mode. Once you're not, your phone is secured with either a PIN or password that you've chosen during the setup, or if your rooted, a pattern. No muss, no fuss.

There are a couple things users of Unlock With Wifi need to be aware of. This is a new app, and if you want to use it longer than the four day trial period, you'll need to buy it again via an in-app purchase of about $5. If you bought Unlock With Wifi after October 27, contact the developer for a free license for Skip Lock. Unlock With Wifi isn't going anywhere, it's just not going to be further developed. If you bought it, it will still be in Google Play. The developer explains a bit more of why it was done this way here.

There's not a lot more to tell. If you leave your house with your phone, you need to have a secure lock screen. Period. If you don't wanna fool with passwords or PIN numbers while it is in your hands, you need an app like SkipLock. Grab it from Google Play and check out the free trial.

 
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net62957 says:

Nice!

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ctgova says:

I was able to download the trial and get the full version for 99 cents before the special promotion ended. Great timing! Great app!

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jwlehman says:

Wow... That. 99 sale must have been quick..

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NoNexus says:

Yeah that was a Motorola special sale right there

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briankurtz79 says:

Everyone seems to be saying it works. Don't want to bash the Dev if I'm doing something wrong but it was pretty straight forward and just won't work on my moto x. Idgi

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NoNexus says:

I hit upgrade and it wants 5

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Savvra says:

Got it for my Nexus 7. Works with my wifi or bluetooth speakers.

Droid Maxx

Works great. Seems worth the $5!

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tr-1 says:

Does it take up resources/drain battery? I mean, of course it does but is it noticeable?

MasterElwood says:

no

SEJ says:

Wish I knew about this app earlier. Probably would've paid 99 cents to upgrade, but $5 seems pricey for the minimal convenience it provides. Seems like this article would have been much more useful when the promotional price was in effect.

Installed on my phone just to make sure it wasn't still 99 cents. Uninstalling.

Jaycemiskel says:

Same here. Plus, I can accomplish this with other apps I've already paid for if I'll take the time to configure them. Would have paid 99 cents though.

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brendilon says:

$5 seems pricey?
How much do you pay for coffee in an average day?
People can be so freaking cheap.

Also, the sale was 3-4 days long and anyone familiar with the app knew about it. Android Central dropped the ball in telling folks about it.

NoNexus says:

Yeah i make coffee at home or the office.

And for an app, 5 is pricey. Not bad for a utility that is a must have, but this is a 'nice to have' app

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drokssilva says:

Yup. Not everybody has Starbucks or coffee bean every day.
Also I don't want anyone that happens to be around my phone to be able to get into it.
Posted via my defective Nexus 7(2013)

brendilon says:

I'd call this a 'must have'. This is a feature that should be built into all phones, that's 'must have' territory.

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IAMZWANEE says:

That's 'your opinion' territory. I wouldn't bust 5 bucks over this app either.

Posted via Samsung GS3 Wishing It Was A N5

digink#AC says:

Lol

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tr-1 says:

I think it's mostly just out of principle. I always sport devs (always find a paid version to get rid of ads and mainly for support) but I really don't feel that this app deserves $5. I mean, there are amazing Photoshop apps, etc which have a ton more features and took a lot more work.

NoNexus says:

I do to if the app is of use to me. Hell I still have most of Samsung money to burn, but it just doesn't do it for me

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Bob61 says:

I really see no correlation between price of coffee and price of an app.... But since you ask, I pay nothing for coffee, don't drink it and at $5 I won't be using this app.

Kai Taylor says:

Um I drink tea like as proper Brit, and teabags are cheap

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Kai Taylor says:

Um I drink tea like as proper Brit, and teabags are cheap

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digink#AC says:

You limey slag

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SEJ says:

As I said, $5 seems pricey for the minimal convenience this app provides. I didn't say $5 seems pricey in general. I spend my money on what I think is worth it. I'd be willing to pay up to $2, maybe $3, for this app. For $5, I don't think it's worth it for what it does and how useful it would be to me.

Anyone familiar with the app knew about the sale. That's great. If the dev was smart, he would have gotten the word out about the app during the sale to make it more of an impulse buy for people like me and the others who have commented on this thread that have said they won't pay $5 for this app. Sometimes setting a lower price for an app and selling more licenses for it is better in the long run than pricing the app higher and not getting as many sales.

And I hate when people go to the "how much do you spend on coffee every day?" argument. If someone wants to spend $5 on coffee every day and not buy this app for $5, that's their choice. People who earn their money have the right to spend it however they want. And for the record, I don't spend any money on coffee because I don't drink it. But if I did drink coffee, spending a few dollars on that wouldn't prevent me from paying $5 for an app if it's worth that much to me.

elcano says:

Agree. Caffeine is an addiction. If you don't get your daily fix you will not work as usual, and even might get a migraine. Everybody knows that the price elasticity of demand for drugs is almost zero. Therefore coffee is the worst example possible for comparing the money spent on a convenience app. Convenience is nice to have, not an addiction. This, unless you are addicted to pimping up your Android. I think a few of the readers here are.

Total Hype says:

Depends on the drug. With respect to coffee there are substitutes.
Insulin on the other hand has zero. But, I do get your point

RexMaximus says:

Tasker is about half the price and can do what this app can do, and so much more.

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brendilon says:

Tasker can do more. If you know how to use it. Tasker is NOT a simple, straightforward 'it just works' app.

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RexMaximus says:

Half the fun is learning it, but even if you don't want to/can't learn the more complicated stuff, it is worth the $3 for the handful of simple functions you can drop into it.

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elcano says:

I currently enjoy this functionality with Tasker. While I admit that it was tricky, initially.

ajpri says:

I would get this, but I'm already satisfied with Tasker.

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I've been doing this with Tasker since forever.

Outrager says:

Tasker works for me. Pretty simple to set up. Since I use a Pattern lock I also got the Security Settings plugin for Tasker.

squiddy20 says:

Saw this article and did the same with Tasker as well. Can't believe I hadn't thought of/done it before...

DrSavant says:

What's the exact name of the plugin?

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squiddy20 says:

I'm pretty sure he's talking about the app Secure Settings, which when installed, shows up as a plugin for Tasker. It has it's own interface that is accessible outside of Tasker/Locale, but without one of those apps (or others like them) it doesn't do much.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.intangibleobject.secur...

my3poos says:

Love this application!! It's a must!

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eahinrichsen says:

So this effectively brings Trusted Bluetooth functionality to non-Moto phones?

I'm in.

Exactly.

jomcty says:

Jerry, SkipLick doesn't automatically unlock when I connect to the configured Wifi/Bluetooth; when in range, I have to perform an initial unlock, then SkipLock "unlocks" the phone (N5) and it remains unlocked for the duration.

Are you experiencing a similar thing with SkipLock?

gabbott says:

That's by design for security.

see here:

http://benhirashima.com/skiplock/faq/

Q: Why do I have to enter my password when I’m already connected to my WiFi network?

A: 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.

jomcty says:

Great, thanks for the info gabbott!

digink#AC says:

Still kind of pointless. Someone can steal my device once I'm in my home after it was unlocked for the first time... If someone steals my phone at a coffee shop it's not very likely they'll know where I live or be riding in my car that has blue tooth.

Over engineering

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codiusprime says:

I was ready to sing the praises of this app up and down, but having to pay for it again is ridiculous. Usually I am all for paying for extra functionality that devs add but since I already paid for what seems like 95% of the functionality I don't really want to pay for it again. A shame too, it's a fantastic app. I won't be recommending this app to anyone else, don't know if the dev will up and one day decide to leave his paying customers in the wind.

Edit: Not to mention the website he is pointing everyone to to rationalize his crap is either down or being slammed. Hopefully slammed by angry (paying) customers.

TLB69 says:

Lol!!,he used the word crap.

Sent from my Note 3 rockin Jelly Bean 4.3

TonyHoyle says:

It says right in the app description paying customers of the old app get a copy for free

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xeroslash says:

Only if you bought it in the last 2 months. The early adopters have to pay again.

vpblaze says:

I wish he would set up the ability for pattern lock for non rooted users.
I despise the PIN lock on 4.3!

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xdalaw says:

I like the cheaper Delayed Lock.

crazycage says:

Same here. Delayed lock does all this and more. Had it since Feb 2012

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vpblaze says:

Except it doesn't do pattern lock on the Note 3...

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Same here, I use it a while now and I am really happy with my app...

"This app doesn't work on phones that have full device encryption enabled."

Oh, poo.

Veridor says:

Yes, I was dismayed at this. I wish Google would disjoin the lockscreen from the encryption. To those who say Full Device Encryption is pointless without a lockscreen, why not have the decrypt prompt for the device encryption password before changing those settings?

Some think I'm overkill for enabling FDE, but I'm concerned that somone can get my data when I sell a phone. Even a factory reset doesn't destroy the data. At least if you use FDE, that data is encrypted.

anthonok says:

Would love the option to not have a lock screen at all when connected to my home wifi

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backatgo says:

you can. check out the FAQ. simply change swipe to none.

This is definitely what I was looking for. Unfortunately, the price is high. I'll add it to the watch list and see if there is a sale at some point. Definitely would have picked up this if it was $1.

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closers7 says:

I'm also a little annoyed about having to pay again. I bought the original one about 4 months ago. I'll get over it. But I just think he should have given returning customers a bit of a break. Maybe 1/2 price or something.

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pfngm says:

Antarc says:

Looks great. A reasonable price.

Choorp says:

For me, $5 is a bit more than I'm willing to pay for this single feature. I definitely would have bought it if I caught that sale! I keep seeing people say that Tasker can do the same thing (and it's cheaper!) so I bought that instead. Thanks for the recommendations!

jlczl says:

How did you get Tasker to do it. I own that app but abandoned it when I couldn't figure out how it worked.

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NoNexus says:

Over on xda there is a whole tutorial on using Tasker, it is a heck of an app with tons of uses. Lots of presets over there as well

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meyerweb says:

Yes, and you'll waste a whole lot more than $5 worth of time trying to figure out how to use tasker. It has got to have the absolute worst user interface of any app I've ever used on any platform, from mainframe to smartphone.

bangishotyou says:

Then you obviously are incapable of following instructions. I have Tasker setup to change volume for calls and notifications on my phone throughout the day (with different settings for different times, 6 total), send text messages on certain dates (bdays), dim/brighten the display throughout the day, launch music/podcast apps when headphones are connected and a ton of other things. It DID NOT take $5 worth of my time to achieve. Well, maybe it did. But that was to setup and enable all this things combined. Using simple easy to follow instructions.

If you have difficulty reading and following something step by step, I feel for you. But it's not even remotely difficult to setup if you have patience and are literate.

RexMaximus says:

http://tasker.wikidot.com/disable-keyguard-when-at-home

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Veridor says:

Has anyone tried this with Full Device Encryption enabled?

vansmack says:

I use Delayed Lock, same features, half the price...

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jlczl says:

Just got it too. Thanks.

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backatgo says:

i like this new app and it works great. the bluetooth function is most welcomed! i have nexus 5 & 7 so $5 for 2 devices is only $2.50. well worth some added security. stop being so cheap people. i can't write code, can you? do you people work for free? i recommend this app and you have 4 days to test drive it, sure beats 15 mins!

It is not the issue of being cheap. There are other apps that do the same job for less...

HubyD says:

Well, it doesn't support the pattern unlock on non-rooted devices, so no-go for me :/

lyingfromyou says:

No go! Bought this after reading about it on December 2nd. Wrote the developer to get my full version and was instructed to download the trial version & send in a bug report so the developer could see to it that my trial never expired... If I wanted to steal the software I could get a cracked version myself! I also find it very annoying that when I root or switch devices I would have to keep repeating the same process. Is this the best support you get with #SkipLock

cgardnervt says:

Sounds nice! I may have to try it out. When does the sale end?

Sent from my HTC One

Bob61 says:

Always has me wondering why AC pushes an app that costs more than other comparable apps. But it works for me, I get more information from the user comments on what else to check out instead :)

Tsruggles says:

Will this work in the opposite fashion? I need a lock at home, but not when I leave. My 3 year old has watched me use my phone many times. If i leave it unattended for any length of time, she can practically download and install a custom ROM herself.

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ltjordan24 says:

Smart kid. You should have her learning code now. Give her a decade and she might be forming her own Google. As far as the feature goes, it's pretty cool. Hopefully, Google will include a version of their own in Android 4.5.

Zeyad Farag says:

Been using Delayed Lock for years... Same idea with much better support, it has a tasker plug in as well

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sequoia462 says:

How rude, they are charging for the upgrade.

You should consider Llama - Location Profiles. I use it to lock and unlock with a pin or password based on my location, among other automation. It's free!

twdawson says:

Wonder why the sale wasn't mentioned in here.

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DarshOne says:

I have my lockscreen toggle assigned to an nfc tag and a desktop icon using tasker and trigger. This app sounds cool too tho.

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The dev states the if you purchased the old version before Oct 27th you can email him and he will give you a free copy of the new one. But after several email back and forth he's refusing to honor his statement. Talk about a worthless dev! I will do all that I can to spread the word not to purchase anything from this dev! Tasker is my new choose! If you're thinking about buying this app don't do it!! Look at Tasker it's cheaper and a 100 times better! !

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No. "The dev states that if you purchased the old version after Oct 27th" Perhaps he refuses to honor your incorrect statement?

I meant to say after. I purchased mine in November and provided proof of it and he has refused.

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That meant to say after I purchased mine in November.

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r_w says:

Delayed Lock is better - with the standard wifi/BT unlock, there is also a geographic option (based on cell triangulation). It just works.

revitupmx5 says:

I bought this asp and have been using it a week.I can't tell you how many times it's saved me time. Tasker needs root access and Secure Settings to approach this ease of use. I paid $.99 during the sale. But once I tried Skiplock I'd pay 10x for it.

meyerweb says:

I never cease to be amazed at people who own a $500 smartphone, pay $60 or $80 or $100 a month for a plan, and think $5 is expensive. I bet most of them wouldn't even think of taking a job for what the dev will probably earn for his time on this app.

If you don't think the app provides enough value for you, that's fine. But to complain about $5 is just being cheap-a##....

faceless says:

many people are saying that *this app* is overpriced and are pointing out cheaper alternatives.

personally, i already own Delayed Lock and Tasker so this app is useless.