Remove Swipe Screen To Unlock Galaxy S4 Marshmallow vs Lollipop vs Jelly Bean/Kitkat

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Swipe Screen lock is one of the lock features of Samsung Galaxy S4. This lock prevents your phone from performing unwanted and accidental commands like calling someone due to the keys pressed accidentally or opening an application. However, Swipe Screen lock offers no security to your phone, since anyone can simply swipe the screen to have access to your phone. If you want to remove Swipe Screen lock, then you need to remove the unlock features of S4. Removing the Swipe Screen lock is very similar to how to Reset and Disable Face Unlock on Samsung Galaxy S4 and will be detailed in the instructions below.

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Method 1: Marshmallow

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    From the home screen, tap the "Apps" shortcut.
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    Inside Apps, tap "Settings".
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    On the Settings screen, tap "Lock screen".
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    Inside Lock screen, tap "Screen lock".
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    On Select screen lock, tap "None".
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    Your screen lock security is now set to None and you won't have swipe to unlock anymore.
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Method 2: Lollipop

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    On the home screen, tap the "Apps" icon.
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    From the Apps screen, tap "Settings".
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    On the Settings screen, tap the "MY DEVICE" tab, followed by "Lock screen".
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    Inside Lock screen, tap "Screen lock" located at the top.
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    To remove the swipe function from the lock screen, tap "None".
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Method 3: Jelly Bean/Kitkat

The procedures below will remove the Swipe Screen lock and any other lock feature from Galaxy S4. Simply follow the details below to remove Swipe Screen lock from your phone.'

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    Press on the Home button (lower-middle button of the phone) to bring your phone to the Home menu
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    1 Press on the Home button (lower-middle button of the phone) to bring your phone to the Home menu..PNG
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    From the Home menu, tap on the Menu button (lower-right button of the phone)
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    2 From the Home menu, tap on the Menu button (lower-right button of the phone.PNG
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    You will be shown some options
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    Tap on "Settings" (option on the bottom).
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    You will be taken to the Settings menu
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    Tap on the "My Device" tab (second tab).
    4 You will be taken to the Settings Menu, tap on the My Device tab (second tab.PNG
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    In the "My Device" menu, go over to "Lock Screen" and tap on it.
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    In the "Lock Screen" menu, tap on "Screen Lock" under Screen security
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    6 In the Lock Screen Menu, tap on Screen Lock under the Screen security..PNG
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    In the "Select Screen Lock" menu, tap on "None" to disable the Swipe Screen lock and any other lock feature on your phone
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    7 In the Select Screen Lock Menu, tap on None to disable any the Swipe Screen lock and any lock feature on your phone..PNG
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    Congratulations
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    You have successfully learned how to remove the lock features on your phone.
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How to enable Swipe Screen

If there is a need for you to enable the Swipe Screen lock, then the procedures below will enable it on the Samsung Galaxy S4. Simply follow the details below to enable the Swipe Screen lock.

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    Press on the Home button (lower-middle button of the phone) to bring your phone to the Home menu.
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  2. 2
    From the Home menu, tap on the Menu button (lower-right button of the phone).
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  3. 3
    You will be shown some options
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    Tap on "Settings" (option on the bottom).
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    You will be taken to the Settings menu
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    Tap on the "My Device" tab (second tab).
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    In the "My Device" menu, go over to "Lock Screen" and tap on it.
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    In the Lock Screen menu, tap on "Screen Lock" under the "Screen security" tab.
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    In the Select Screen Lock menu, tap on "Swipe" to enable Swipe Screen lock on your phone.
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    Congratulations
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    You have successfully learned how to enable the Swipe Screen lock features on your phone.
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Questions and Answers

1. I follow these instructions and there is not a way to go from pattern to nothing. No way to change this option. When you click "Screen Lock" I get prompted to put in my pattern and PIN and create them all over again. There is no option to select "None"?

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If you want to change the screen lock from "Pattern" to "None", you just have to go to Settings > My Device > Lock Screen. Now since you have chosen "Pattern" as the screen lock, you will see that Screen Lock is "Secured with pattern" under the Screen Security. Tap on Screen Lock and you will be required to enter you lock pattern. Enter the correct pattern and that should do it. You will now be taken to the "Select screen lock" page; tap on.

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  • You may be doing it wrong. After tapping on and entering the correct pattern, you may have tapped on the option again. If you do that, you will be asked for the lock. Instead of tapping "Pattern", tap on the "None" option to change the screen lock to "None".
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2. Disabling the Galaxy S4 screen swipe?

Hi Daniel, Thanks, no I have sorted it now, just two phones so just checking about updates and how to disable or activate some functions - cheers

Question#1 possibly guided on disabling Swipe on your Galaxy S4. Good to know that you were able to disable the swipe screen lock for your S4. Swipe lock offers no security so we assume that you have replaced it with any of the other locks that offer restriction from unwanted access. If you want to keep your articles more secure, you check this article on how to secure your Galaxy S4.

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To disable the Screen swipe lock screen simply go to the settings menu of your phone, then choose My device. Now from there, look for the Lock screen option and tap it. Now you can choose whether to change it or to switch it off is simply choose none.

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Hello Good afternoon when home screen remains locked, can you help me?

Hello Good afternoon, when home screen remains locked, can you help me?

Did you happen to set a pattern or password on the lock screen? If you did, you'll need to make unsuccessful attempts until it asks you for the Google login info. Use the same info as for when you set up the phone. If you can't remember it, try the Google recovery here:

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https://www.google.com/accounts/recovery

If that doesn't work, you'll have to perform a Hard Reset on your phone and lose all user data stored, including the lock pattern. If this is for the Galaxy S4, use this button press combo to enter recovery mode with the phone powered off:

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Volume up, power and home pressed together

In the recovery mode menu, select wipe data/Factory Reset and reboot when done.

I cannot choose the screen lock options "None", "Swipe" and "Face Unlock", instead it gives me a message that reads "disabled by administrator or credential storage?

This means that an administrator has set the security option for your phone to medium to high security. This is not set by default so someone must have set it purposely or by accident.

These types of Screen locks: "None" and "Swipe" are categorized to be no security bearing. This means that anyone who gets to hold your phone may be able to access your data and files. "Face Unlock" is considered to be of low security because anyone who looks like you can unlock your phone and access the data from it. Even putting a picture of you in front of the camera will unlock your phone. As long as you have set your phone to a higher security requirement, these three screen types won't be active options.

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To return your back to normal security, you need to decrypt your device and your external SD card. You also need to disable all applications from the "Device administrators" from Settings. To do these:

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  • Decrypt device by going to Home > Menu key > Settings > More > Security > Encrypt Device > Decrypt Device
  • Decrypt external SD card by going to Home > Menu key > Settings > More > Security > Encrypt External SD card> Decrypt External SD card.
  • Disable all applications from the "Device administrators" by going to Home > Menu key > Settings > More > Security > Device Administrators > Un-check all applications that have a check mark on them.
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Go back to your lock screen options and you should see the three options now active and selectable.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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