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How to Prevent Face Unlock from Bypassing the Lock Screen on the Google Pixel 4

Google Pixel 4 Face Unlock Menu
Justin Duino

Google’s Face Unlock feature on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL automatically bypasses the lock screen once it authenticates your identity. Unfortunately, this means you can’t check notifications prior to entering the phone. Here’s how to disable the Skip Lock Screen feature.

Begin by heading into the handset’s Settings menu. The easiest way to do this is by swiping down on the home screen to view your notification shade and then swiping down again to access the quick tiles. Next, tap on the gear icon to enter the Settings menu.

Alternatively, you can swipe up from the home screen and open the “Settings” app from the app drawer.

Google Pixel 4 Click Settings Gear

Scroll down and select the “Security” option.

Google Pixel 4 Select Security

Now locate and tap on “Face Unlock” in the Device Security section. You’ll need to authenticate yourself using whichever form of lock screen security you have set up (password, PIN, or pattern).

Google Pixel 4 Select Face Unlock

Lastly, toggle off the “Skip Lock Screen” option.

Google Pixel 4 Toggle Off Skip Lock Screen

With the Skip Lock Screen feature off, you’ll need to swipe up on the lock screen to enter your Google Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL. Although it removes the almost-instant unlocking process, you can now view and interact with your notifications without completely jumping into your handset.

Justin Duino Justin Duino
Justin Duino is the Managing Editor at How-To Geek. He has spent the last decade writing about Android, smartphones, and other mobile technology. In addition to his written work, he has also been a regular guest commentator on CBS News and BBC World News and Radio to discuss current events in the technology industry.
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