Users reporting new “On Body Detection” lock mode in Android

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Based on reports starting to be made by users, Google is either testing or slowly rolling out a new lock mode for Android devices designed to detect when a device is physically in a user’s possession. The lock mode, called “On Body Detection” uses a device’s sensors to detect whether a device is being held in a person’s hand or is in their pocket and will keep the device unlocked. If the device is set on a table or something similar, the device will lock, requiring a user to employ their normal unlock method.

The new method appears to have been designed to help thwart thieves in case a user accidentally forgets their device somewhere. One thing users have determined is that the on body detection feature will not lock a device if the device is handed to someone else, so it is not tied to a specific user – only movement typically of being on a person’s body or in their hand.

Google has not announced anything about the mode, but it appears to be included in the most recent recent Play Services update. Thus far, only users with devices running at least Android 5.0 or higher have the new mode available, so it looks like it may be a Lollipop-only mode.

source: Android Police


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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.


  • Chris

    Yup, it’s on my Nexus 6. Testing it!

  • NH

    What’s with the headline? “Users reporting …” when you already know it’s true? You’ve added a screen shot of it so you’re headline is useless. I’d only use that kind of headline if it was a rumour that people can’t access. Rubbish reporting! If you were up to date with android you’ll have found it yourself on a device with lollipop on it and confirm that it’s there. Again, lack of research or just poor reporting.