How to add a trusted place in Android 5.0 Lollipop

No longer bother with you lock screen at home

With the introduction of Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has brought a new type of Smart lock to the operating system — Trusted locations. Don't let the name fool you though, these smart locks aren't a new way to lock your device, these are actually new ways to unlock your phone or tablet. With the Trusted places lock your Lollipop device will disable its lock screen security when you are in a designated location.

It's super convenient, and quite easy to set up as well. Read along and we'll show you the way.

How to access Smart locks

If you noticed that there is no Smart lock option showing with your other options in the Security menu, that is because the first step to access your smart lock settings is to enable lock screen security. This can be any of the lock screen options just as long as it not the simple Swipe to unlock or None since these do not enable any type of security on your device. To quickly add this all you need to do is head into your device's Settings and go to your Security options. Here you tap on Screen lock and choose to protect your device with either a pattern, pin, or password.

How to setup Trusted places

Trusted Places Smart Lock Settings

Now that your basic lock screen security is turned on, you should be able to see your Smart Lock options. Before you go through and attempt to set up your Trusted places you must enable GPS on your device if it is not already. You can do this by pulling down the Quick settings from your notification bar or by going to your Location settings within your device's settings and toggling your GPS services on.

Trusted Places Enable GPS

To find the Trusted places option you must now go to your phone or tablet's Settings and enter into the Security menu. The last option under the sub heading "Screen Security" is Smart Lock. After selecting this you will be asked for your lock screen password/pattern/PIN. After successfully entering this, you will now be greeted with your three Smart Lock options — Trusted devices, Trusted places, and Trusted face.

Trusted Places Settings

Once you select Trusted places you will be shown several options for you to choose from. If you have had Google Now or Google Maps remember your home and or work addresses, you will easily be able to toggle these locations on to work as Trusted places.

Trusted Places Toggled Locations

But what if you want a different location like your favorite coffee shop or a relative's house? Thankfully Google already thought about that and gives you the option of adding custom locations. Below your Home and Work location toggles you can click on Add trusted place. Your device will now pull up a map showing your current location pinpointed with a circular perimeter showing you the exact area around your current location that your lock screen will be disabled. You can drag your location marker on the map to adjust your location if it is not exactly where you want it or you can type in an address in the search bar.

Trusted Places Custom Map Location

Once you are happy with the location, you can click on the blue bar located at the bottom of your screen displaying the current address that your pinpoint is displaying. A dialog box will pop up that allows you to name the custom Trusted place and do any last minute adjustments to the address. After pressing ok your new Trusted place will show up under the Custom places category. You can tap on these custom locations at any time and either rename them or remove them from your custom Trusted places. If you want to edit the location you will have to remove it and start the entire process over again.

Trusted Places Custom Map Location

If at a later point you want to disable your lock screen security, you must go through and disable all of your smart locks before you are able to switch your device's screen lock back to None or Swipe. Once you have switched back, the Smart lock option will no longer show in your security menu as an option to choose from. But hopefully the inclusion of trusted places will influence your decision to keep a lock on your phone and improve your overall device security.

Justin Duino
  • I have been doing that for a while with Llama (free in the Play Store).
  • Smart Locks whips the Llama's ass.
    Not that I've tested any of the two, but that statement is still undisputable.
  • I can't believe that got down-voted...
  • Well played for those of us who remember WinAmp
  • I really like trusted places an trusted devices a lot.
    Super handy for me.
  • Works well and is handy. I don't like people picking up my phones at work and messing so I keep them locked, at home I just want to use the phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • "No longer bother with you lock screen at home" awesome work. Posted via the Android Central App
  • if "Trusted Places" does not appear - go to Google Maps on PC and edit/save your "Home" location again - then reboot your phone and it should appear.
  • Deleted, changed address, changed again to correct address, rebooted....still doesn't work.
  • With my wife at home, this is the place where I want my phone to be more secure!
  • Sounds like you need to fix your Trust Issues before you enable Trusted Places.
  • Nailed it. If you gotta lock your wife out of your phone, you need some help... Posted from the Nexus 5 or Xperia Z3
  • Nevertheless privacy still exits even in marriage. Posted via the Android Central App
  • or maybe she is the one who needs the help...
  • I know its been talked about in the forums, but can anyone confirm how well Trusted Places works when Location services is set to "battery-saving" compared to "high accuracy"?
  • Didn't make a difference for me. It doesn't work either way lol. Posted from my Nexus 7 2013 via Android Central App
  • I didn't notice a difference either. Wanted to see if others had different experiences
  • My location settings are always on battery saving (only use GPS for navigation) and trusted places works fine for me. Correct me if I'm wrong but GPS doesn't work indoors so I can't see how it would make much of a difference. Indoors your location would be more accurate over wifi. Posted via my Nexus 6
  • Late to the party. I'm always set to battery saving and it works perfectly for me, but all the trusted places I use have WiFi routers which I connect to. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • I would like to add combinations of the lock features. For example when at (Home) AND Bluetooth connected to my (Pebble) = Phone unlocked. Also I would like to set up opposite conditions. Example: when at (Work) = Lock phone.
  • ^This Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have this setup as well as trusted face and trusted devices and yet I still see the device ask for a pattern without me requesting a lock manually. Does anyone else experience this? Stock N5 5.0.1
  • I get that too usually asks for pattern after being asleep a while. As soon as I get up in the morning it asks for pattern but then location symbol appears for a moment and Trusted location kicks in again Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm a big fan of this, but I am curious if a locked phone automatically unlocks as soon as it enters a trusted place. I think the initial entry into a trusted place from a locked state should require an initial proper unlock. This would prevent an :/ authorized user from bringing the device into a trusted place to gain access. I use skiplock and it does this currently. Unfortunately skiplock will no longer work on lollipop.
  • Not as convenient as TouchID for iPhones but definitely a nice feature.
  • It'll be awesome if Apple included facial recognition technology in the iPhone 6s or 7 for all we know. That with Touch ID would be awesome in protecting your device especially with iCloud beginning iOS 7, sucks for the people that have stolen iPhones. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Set up my G Watch R as a trusted device. Just in case I leave my phone somewhere
  • Awesome article. For some reason, i thought i could only use it for home and work locations!
  • Looks like this setting didn't make it into the new version of Sense because I'm not seeing it on my freshly updated HTC One M8. Guess I'll keep using Skiplock.
  • Under security settings look for a option called "Trust agents" tap it and make sure "Smart Lock (google)" is turn on. My Nvidia Shield had it set to off by default, might be that way for your device.
  • Brilliant, thanks for that Gamesplaychris it is likely that I would never have found that one!!
  • Thanks for the tip. Just got Lollipop, and had been looking forward to this feature.
  • You don't have to have GPS enabled to use Trusted Places. I have my location settings on battery saving (wifi and cellular only) and trusted places works just fine. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Anyone's keep turning off home and work on its own? I'll notice mine has stopped working, go into the settings and they're switched to off. Posted via Android Central App
  • I hate that I have to swipe-to-unlock. If the phone is "unlocked" because of a trusted place or trusted device connection, then I want to just be able to simply turn on the phone and immediately use it. Was able to do that prior to Lollipop using DelayedLock which would unlock my phone when connected to my car's bluetooth or when it was connected to my home or work's wifi. DelayedLock (and similar apps like Smart Lock) no longer work under Lollipop.
  • It keeps you from pocket dialing, at least in theory.
  • I can see this being useful for a lot of people, just not if you have a tap-to-wake enabled device. Too many butt-dialings would occur.
  • I don't know if I'm doing something wrong but smart location is not working on my VZW GS5 with Lollipop. I would like it to unlock when I get home but that's not happening. I'd appreciate any help. I followed the article here.