Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Unlock With WiFi - Automatically unlock your phone while at home

A new version is republished in free version on the Android Market. There are no longer any ads, but it is limited to one wifi network, and the extra options like lock delay are disabled. The free version is considered a trial version. If you like it, please buy the full version.

Unlock With WiFi is now available on the Android Market! Thanks for your feedback everyone!

Get it on the Android Market

What does the app do?

Unlock with WiFi unlocks your device when you're connected to your home WiFi network. What does "unlock" mean? It means you don't have to enter your password/pattern/PIN when you turn on your phone. When you're at home, or work, you don't need to worry about losing your phone, so why should you have to enter your password?

How does it work?

When you get home (or to work, whatever), and connect to your WiFi network, your device will unlock. Then when you leave, and the WiFi disconnects, the device will lock again.

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.

What else does it do?

You can also set a lock delay, for when you're not at home. The default delay is set to 5 seconds, so when you turn the screen off, the device won't lock until 5 seconds have passed. That way, if you remember something you forgot to do, you can turn it back on without entering your password.

There are also options to:
  • Turn off WiFi when you leave home
  • Turn on GPS when you leave home
  • Turn off GPS when you get home

If you have any problems with the app, please post on this thread, or PM me. Also, the app has a built in feature for reporting bugs. It will send me the system log file via email. You need to install SendLog in order for this to work, but please do so because the log file is extremely helpful to me for troubleshooting.

Please read the FAQ before posting a question or reporting a problem.

I hope you like the app, and look forward to hearing your feedback!

Known limitations:

this app won't work if your employer enforces a password policy on your phone. many corporate exchange users have this.

it seems that cyanogen ROMs have their own lock delay setting, which interferes with Unlock With WiFi's lock delay. the screen may refuse to turn off, or come on randomly when the lock delay is enabled in both CM settings and Unlock With WiFi. to fix this, go into Settings > CyanogenMod Settings > User Interface > Screen Timeout Delay and set it to "Immediately". do the same for Screen Turned Off Delay.

note that on some devices that aren't running CM, using the lock delay in Unlock With WiFi will cause the same problem as above. to avoid it, disable lock delay in Unlock With WiFi.

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