Mobility

How to use Samsung S Voice from your lock screen

The Samsung line offers a handy voice-activated tool called S Voice, which can be used from the device lock screen. Jack Wallen shows you how.

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Samsung has some pretty handy features in their Galaxy line of devices. If you happen to have such a device, one with S Voice ready to serve, you can set it up so that you can use the voice-activated system straight from your device lock screen.

Note: This does not serve as a means of security. In fact, if you have a security PIN/Password/Pattern set up, you'll be required to enter that before you can actually gain access to the launched app or command.

S Voice can also be used to launch the camera, check your schedule, or play music... all from the lock screen.

Let's walk through the process of setting this up. I'll be working with a Verizon-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab running Android 4.1.

The first thing you must do is enable Wake up in lock screen. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Locate and tap the Lock screen entry
  3. Tap Lock screen options
  4. Under Features, tap to enable Wake up in lock screen (Figure A)

Figure A

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Enabling Wake up in lock screen.

With this taken care of, you can now set up the S Voice command to wake up your device from the lock screen. Here's how:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Locate and tap the Lock screen entry
  3. Tap Lock screen options
  4. Scroll down and tap Set wake-up command
  5. In the pop-up window, tap the first unused function (out of the box, this should be Wake-up function 1, shown in Figure B)
  6. In the next window, tap the mic button, and then repeat the phrase (or word) you want to use for the unlock command

Figure B

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Adding a voice command to a wake-up function.

When you've successfully repeated the word or phrase four times, tap Done. You can then go back and add more functions to S Voice, each of which can be executed from the lock screen. Once completed, tap the device home button to return to your home screen. Now, lock the device by tapping the power button. Tap the power button again and speak the created phrase to unlock or launch the desired application.

If you're looking for a unique method of interacting with S Voice, give this a try and see if it doesn't do exactly what you need. Remember, if you have a security PIN/Password/Pattern (which you should for the sake of security), you'll still need to enter that PIN/Password/Pattern to gain access to your device.

Have you found an interesting tool to help you work from the lock screen on an Android device? Let us know in the discussion thread below.

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About Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.

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