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Android 14 introduces auto-confirm unlock feature for lock screen PIN users
Google has recently released the second developer preview of Android 14, and users are discovering a variety of new features. One of the latest features is the “auto-confirm unlock” option, which is a quality-of-life feature that will make lock screen PIN users happy.
Previously, if you used a PIN to unlock your Android 13 device, you had to input your PIN and then hit “OK” before the device would unlock. However, with the new auto-confirm unlock feature, your device will unlock as soon as you enter the correct PIN, eliminating the need to tap the OK button. This feature can be toggled on or off, depending on your preference.
While this may seem like a small change, it is a welcomed one. Additionally, this feature works similarly to the existing lock screen feature found in Samsung’s One UI. However, there is one crucial difference that favors Google’s approach to the concept.
On One UI, the auto-confirm feature can be enabled on four-digit PINs, while Android 14 will require at least six digits before it can be enabled. This distinction may not seem like much, but it should make your device more secure. With those extra digits, there are a greater number of possible combinations, which should make it harder for someone to brute force their way into your phone.
If you prefer to tap the OK button, you can toggle the feature off again. Since Samsung already has its own system built out, it likely won’t take much work for the company to make the same requirement. The change could even come with the release of Samsung’s One UI 6 update, which should roll out later this year.