Designate a Paired Bluetooth device as “Trusted Device” on Moto X

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Not many of you know that Motorola is offering us a very special feature known as Trusted Devices and it’s time to find out more about it.

This is a feature that the company decided to include into some of its latest devices: we are talking about Verizon’s Droids, as well as the Moto X. Let us tell you from the start that the idea behind a trusted device is as simple as it can be: all that you have to do is to choose Bluetooth devices paired to your phone and you can tell your phone to let you bypass a secure lock screen without having to enter a PIN, a password, or a pattern.

It could easily be your car stereo, a Bluetooth speaker, a home entertainment or a watch that you wear most of the time. Moreover, don’t forget about Moto Assist, a feature that can easily improve your Android experience in that matter.

When you find yourself a Bluetooth device that’s near you on a consistent basis, all that you really have to do is setting it as a trusted device, so if you’re with it, you’re in a secure place that doesn’t requires security of a lockscreen. And from that point you can start manage your apps.

And if it happens to disconnect from a trusted device, then you can be sure that your phone would go back to being fully locked by the usual pattern, PIN, or password to protect your information. The story is similar if you get yourself into a situation where you feel that you should to lock your phone; feel free to do that manually in the notification pull-down.

How to Designate a Paired Bluetooth device as a Trusted Device on your Moto X

  1. The first thing that you have to do is to open your Settings menu;
  2. Now, you have to choose Security, which is under the Personal header;
  3. You’ll be taken to a screen to select trusted devices;
  4. Once you’re done, simply touch the Home button and don’t hesitate to keep using your phone as you always had. With a Trusted Device, your Motorola Moto X phone can have a PIN or password attached to its lock screen. So, you know what will happen when you are in range of a trusted device and we bet that you are going to love it.

For the moment, it seems that Motorola is the only manufacturer in the world that offers this special feature out of the box, but the future sounds more than promising. we want to tell you the fact that Google added Trusted Devices to Android 5.0 “Lollipop” and this means just one thing: all Android phones running at least Android 5.0 will have access to this amazing feature, not to mention that Google offers us something even better than that by adding in NFC sticker support.

For example, you can choose to put an NFC sticker in the dock of your car, so that each time you set your phone on it while driving, the phone will remain unlocked. Do you like the idea? Just give it a try!

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Mike Blass