[APP] Unlock With WiFi - Automatically unlock your phone while at home

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  • $1.99

    Votes: 107 9.9%
  • $2.99

    Votes: 16 1.5%
  • More than $2.99!

    Votes: 24 2.2%

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Ben74

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Unlock With WiFi has been reborn as SkipLock!

Unlock With WiFi is now available on the Android Market! Thanks for your feedback everyone!

Get it on the Android Market

What does the app do?

Unlock with WiFi unlocks your device when you're connected to your home WiFi network. What does "unlock" mean? It means you don't have to enter your password/pattern/PIN when you turn on your phone. When you're at home, or work, you don't need to worry about losing your phone, so why should you have to enter your password?

How does it work?

When you get home (or to work, whatever), and connect to your WiFi network, your device will unlock. Then when you leave, and the WiFi disconnects, the device will lock again.

You have to enter your password the first time after you connect to your WiFi network. This is so that if someone steals or finds your phone, they can't just bring it to your house to unlock it. After you enter your password once while connected to your WiFi network, you won't have to enter it again until you leave/disconnect.

What else does it do?

You can also set a lock delay, for when you're not at home. The default delay is set to 5 seconds, so when you turn the screen off, the device won't lock until 5 seconds have passed. That way, if you remember something you forgot to do, you can turn it back on without entering your password.

There are also options to:
  • Turn off WiFi when you leave home
  • Turn on Bluetooth when you leave home
  • Turn off Bluetooth when you get home
  • Turn on Sync when you get home
  • Turn off Sync when you leave home

If you have any problems with the app, please post on this thread, or PM me. Also, the app has a built in feature for reporting bugs. It will send me the system log file via email. You need to install SendLog in order for this to work, but please do so because the log file is extremely helpful to me for troubleshooting.

Please read the FAQ before posting a question or reporting a problem.

I hope you like the app, and look forward to hearing your feedback!

Known limitations:

See the FAQ for known limitations.

Versions:

There are two versions: free and full. The free version only allows you to configure one wifi network as a home network, and the extra options are disabled. Note that the free version no longer shows ads! If you like it, please buy the full version. The full version allows an unlimited number of home networks, and all the options are enabled. You can get the full version on the Android Market.

Changelog

I will no longer be maintaining the changelog here. See my website for release notes.

Cheers,
Ben
 

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Svashtar

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Dec 14, 2009
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Kranj
Nice idea, probably good app, but I can achieve all this and much much more with Tasker. Much more complex, indeed, and that is probably where your app comes into play - simple and easy.

But still, i prefer Tasker ;)
 

combatdan

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Mar 16, 2009
24
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Good Idea!

When you get home (or to work, whatever), and connect to your WiFi network, your device will unlock. Then when you leave, and the WiFi disconnects, the device will lock again.

Fantastic idea! If you add in the functionality found in the Y5 - Battery Saver App, it could be an all in one app:
  1. You get home
    1. Recognizes Cell towers
    2. Turns on WiFi
    3. Connects to Network
    4. Unlocks Phone
  2. You leave home
    1. Leaves area of Recognized Cell towers
    2. Turns off WiFi
    3. Locks Phone
 
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brillantesdv

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Dec 9, 2010
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good concept. it does what it says...prevents your phone from locking.

but on my phone (Incredible, CM7), it's kind of annoying because you can still press the volume buttons or trackball (if setup) to wake the phone. what sucks about that is you can inadvertently turn your ringer off, or wake the screen if your fumbling around with your phone your pocket or something.

again, app works as it said it would, and does it great. just not what im looking for.

i want to just disable the passcode, not the screen lock feature.
 

MTN_HD2

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Oct 12, 2010
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Hellhole
i have CM7 and it works fine ... (i can disable track ball wake ) but doesn't leaving the wifi on when your home increase battery drain :D ? food for thought
you could also add this : ask the user to specify a place as home with gps then lock/unlock according to that . it won't be as accurate as wifi tho
 

BSenesac

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Feb 4, 2008
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Works on Droid X

This app seems to work great. Thanks so much - this is perfect for me in healthcare with security issues related to HIPAA. I hate the idea of constantly typing in my password when I know that I have my phone with me at work or at home. Great app

I second the idea to have wifi automatically turn on when I get home or work.
 
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twosix

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Jan 12, 2008
297
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Xiaomi Poco F3
Just installed it on a DHD. Seems to be working so far. Thanks!

Update: Not working. my phone still locks. My phone is locked by the company exchange account password.
 
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Khroma

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Hey you improved my idea...
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=982872
your application is very similar to mine (VERY), but some things improved I recognize it... anyhow if somebody wants to be sure of what is running inside I'm providing also the source code licensed as GPL3

I hope you don't copy-pasted portions of it or you should be licensing as GPL3 also...
 
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noTHINGface

Senior Member
Dec 8, 2008
57
3
Just found this - I've downloaded and I'll test tonight when I get on my wifi. I have a password lock enforced via Exchange certificate from my place of work. It'd be great if it would work with that also...

Desire, Froyo.
 

javier.pc

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Mar 23, 2010
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Valencia
A question about GPS enabling. I'm a Tasker user; I've installed a GingerBread (2.3.3) ROM in my HTC Magic and now Tasker shows me a message explaining that's not possible to enable/disable GPS without user interaction in GingerBread due to Google changes in Android code. So, will be possible to make such actions with this app?
Thanks!
 
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    Unlock With WiFi has been reborn as SkipLock!

    Unlock With WiFi is now available on the Android Market! Thanks for your feedback everyone!

    Get it on the Android Market

    What does the app do?

    Unlock with WiFi unlocks your device when you're connected to your home WiFi network. What does "unlock" mean? It means you don't have to enter your password/pattern/PIN when you turn on your phone. When you're at home, or work, you don't need to worry about losing your phone, so why should you have to enter your password?

    How does it work?

    When you get home (or to work, whatever), and connect to your WiFi network, your device will unlock. Then when you leave, and the WiFi disconnects, the device will lock again.

    You have to enter your password the first time after you connect to your WiFi network. This is so that if someone steals or finds your phone, they can't just bring it to your house to unlock it. After you enter your password once while connected to your WiFi network, you won't have to enter it again until you leave/disconnect.

    What else does it do?

    You can also set a lock delay, for when you're not at home. The default delay is set to 5 seconds, so when you turn the screen off, the device won't lock until 5 seconds have passed. That way, if you remember something you forgot to do, you can turn it back on without entering your password.

    There are also options to:
    • Turn off WiFi when you leave home
    • Turn on Bluetooth when you leave home
    • Turn off Bluetooth when you get home
    • Turn on Sync when you get home
    • Turn off Sync when you leave home

    If you have any problems with the app, please post on this thread, or PM me. Also, the app has a built in feature for reporting bugs. It will send me the system log file via email. You need to install SendLog in order for this to work, but please do so because the log file is extremely helpful to me for troubleshooting.

    Please read the FAQ before posting a question or reporting a problem.

    I hope you like the app, and look forward to hearing your feedback!

    Known limitations:

    See the FAQ for known limitations.

    Versions:

    There are two versions: free and full. The free version only allows you to configure one wifi network as a home network, and the extra options are disabled. Note that the free version no longer shows ads! If you like it, please buy the full version. The full version allows an unlimited number of home networks, and all the options are enabled. You can get the full version on the Android Market.

    Changelog

    I will no longer be maintaining the changelog here. See my website for release notes.

    Cheers,
    Ben
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    Yeah, it's coming along. The new UI is pretty much done, and the original functionality is close to being done. I'm mostly writing unit tests now. Can't promise anything but hopefully I'll have a beta ready in about a week.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using xda premium
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    ok, i have finally have a new version for you all! this is version 2.4, and it includes ICS compatibility, but not unlock with bluetooth yet. bluetooth still needs some testing, but it's coming soon.

    if you're on ICS, you'll find that the setup wizard prompts you to enter your phone's password, in order to enable device admin mode, which is the only mode that works properly in ICS.

    note that after you have setup UWW, and you have connected to a home wifi network, you can go into the security settings and choose whether you want to have to slide to unlock. you can ONLY choose this while connected to a home wifi and the phone is unlocked. if you want no slide, choose None under Screen Lock. however, using slide to unlock will prevent the volume buttons from turning the screen on (a known problem).

    there were a lot of changes in ICS that i had to account for, so if you find bugs, please post them here. i'm sure there will be a few. i'll fix them as soon as possible. thanks.

    you can get the new, fully featured, paid version for free from getjar:
    http://www.getjar.com/unlockwithwifi.

    i'll release 2.4 on the android market once i feel most of the bugs are worked out.
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    I’m proud to announce the release of Unlock With WiFi 2.0! This is a major update that adds some often requested features. The biggest new feature is Device Admin mode. DA mode uses a different method of unlocking the phone. Why use a different method? Well, here are some of DA mode’s advantages:

    • Preserves the slide-to-unlock screen – If the power button gets pressed when it’s in your pocket, the slide-to-unlock screen prevents random screen presses from launching apps or calling someone.
    • Blocks the volume and other buttons from turning on the screen – With the original unlocking method, the volume buttons could turn on the screen, which could waste battery if you’re accidentally hitting them in your pocket.
    • Solves a problem some devices have with the screen turning itself on when lock delay is enabled – Hopefully more people will be able to use lock delay without problems.

    DA mode does have one disadvantage: It only works if you use a password or PIN to unlock your phone. Pattern locks are not compatible with DA mode. This is a limitation of Android itself, not UWW. Sorry, there’s nothing I can do about this.

    In addition to DA mode, version 2.0 includes these new features:

    • Turn on Bluetooth when you leave home – Maybe you use a headset in the car, or you car has a bluetooth hands-free unit.
    • Turn off Bluetooth when you get home – Saves battery power
    • Turn off Auto Sync when you leave home – Saves battery and reduces your cellular data usage. This is especially useful if you’re on a limited data plan.
    • Turn on Auto Sync when you get home – Once you’re on WiFi, you don’t have to worry about data usage.

    I hope you enjoy the new version. If you find a bug, please be patient and email me about it. I will fix it right away. Don’t go leaving negative comments just because of one little bug. If you work with me, it will be solved!

    Edit: See the OP for the free version APK

    This text is from my blog post:
    http://benhirashima.com/posts/unlock-with-wifi-2-0-is-out/
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    this is PERFECT.
    thank you so much.
    i'll report any bugs in a sec.