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How to set up screen lock on your Google Pixel 3 XL (Pattern, PIN, and Password)

Unless you are absolutely positive that no one will touch your phone, setting up a screen lock is always a good idea. If it’s your first time to use a Google Pixel 3 XL or if you’ve forgotten how to secure it with a screen lock, this short tutorial will help you. We provide the steps on how to add Pattern, PIN, and Password for Google Pixel 3 XL below. We hope you’ll find it helpful.

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General steps to set up Google Pixel 3 XL screen lock

There are four screen lock options that you can use to secure your device. These options include the following:

  • Swipe
  • Pattern
  • PIN
  • Password

To pick one of these options, you need to do these steps:

  1. From the Home screen, tap and swipe up to show all apps.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Security & location.
  4. Under Device security, tap Screen lock.
  5. Enter password if prompted.
  6. Select one of the following to begin setting up your screen lock:
  • None
  • Swipe
  • Pattern
  • PIN
  • Password

How to set up Pattern as Google Pixel 3 XL screen lock:

Using Pattern as screen lock is a good option if you plan on unlocking your device faster. Make sure that only you knows the said pattern when using it.

  1. From the Home screen, tap and swipe up to show all apps.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Security & location.
  4. Tap Advanced.
  5. Tap Encryption & credentials.
  6. Select one of the following then tap CONTINUE:
    • Require pattern to start device
    • No thanks
  7. Draw an unlock pattern (connecting at least 4 dots) then tap Next.
  8. Re-enter the unlock pattern then tap Confirm.
  9. If presented, select one of the following then tap DONE:
  • Show all notification content
  • Hide sensitive notification content
  • Don’t show notifications at all

How to set up PIN as Google Pixel 3 XL screen lock:

PIN comes handy if you are not fond of Pattern or Password. Be sure to remember what your PIN is to avoid locking yourself out. When ready, follow the steps below to set up your PIN to unlock your device:

  1. From the Home screen, tap and swipe up to show all apps.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Security & location.
  4. Tap Advanced.
  5. Tap Encryption & credentials.
  6. Select one of the following then tap CONTINUE:
    • Require pattern to start device
    • No thanks
  7. Enter a numeric PIN (4 to 16 digits) then tap Next.
  8. Re-enter the numeric PIN then tap OK.
  9. If presented, select one of the following then tap DONE:
    • Show all notification content
    • Hide sensitive notification content
    • Don’t show notifications at all

How to set up Password as Google Pixel 3 XL screen lock:

Another way to secure your Pixel device is by using a Password every time you unlock the screen. Here’s how to set it up:

  1. From the Home screen, tap and swipe up to show all apps.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Security & location.
  4. Tap Advanced.
  5. Tap Encryption & credentials.
  6. Select one of the following then tap CONTINUE:
    • Require pattern to start device
    • No thanks
  7. Enter a password (4 to 16 digits) then tap Next.
  8. Re-enter the password then tap Confirm.
  9. If presented, select one of the following then tap DONE:
    • Show all notification content
    • Hide sensitive notification content
    • Don’t show notifications at all

 


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