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Pro tip: Set up your Moto 360 as a trusted device

Jack Wallen walks you through the process of setting up your new Moto 360 as a trusted device so your smartphone stays unlocked when you (and your watch) are near.

Moto 360

If you finally decided to dive into the world of wearable technology and purchased the Moto 360, why not set it up as a trusted device? When your smartwatch is set up as such, your Android phone will always be unlocked when the watch is within range. This works great if you wear your watch daily and prefer not having to constantly enter your security PIN or pattern to get to your data.

Not every device can take advantage of this set up. If you happen to have a Droid Turbo, a Moto X, or any of the 2013/14 Droids, you're in luck. For different Android phones, you can still try the set up to see if it works.

If you have a supported phone, here's how you set up the watch as a trusted device. My Moto 360 is a Verizon-branded device and will work with a Motorola phone, regardless of the carrier. First, you must pair the device with the phone (this is done via the Android Wear app). Once that is done, here are the steps:

  1. Tap Settings | Security
  2. Tap Trusted Devices
  3. If prompted, tap Yes, I'm in
  4. Enter your PIN or pattern
  5. If disabled, enable Trusted Devices with the top right slider
  6. Tap the check box associated with the Moto 360 (Figure A)
  7. When prompted, tap OK

At this point, your phone will remained unlocked when the Moto 360 is within range (standard Bluetooth range).

Figure A

Figure A

Setting your Moto 360 as a trusted device.

You should notice an icon (an unlocked lock) in the notification bar that indicates the phone is unlocked. If you drag down the notification bar, you can lock the phone by tapping Lock your phone now (Figure B).

Figure B

Figure B

Locking your phone, even though it is in range.

If you're the proud owner of a Moto 360, why not take advantage of its ability to keep your Android smartphone unlocked while it's in range? This is a quick way to make your work day a bit more efficient. Just use a bit of caution with this setup, because if you walk away from your phone, it will remain unlocked. So, be sure to take advantage of that manual lock button in the notification screen.

Do you think the trusted device system is an efficient means of keeping your phone unlocked, or is it a security risk you'd rather not take? Share your opinion in the discussion thread below.

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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