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Bypass screen lock completely?

Is it possible to bypass the device lock completely on Android? It seems that the current option to bypass the lock fails if you push the power button to turn off the screen ( i.e. when you push it again to turn on the device, you have to unlock it. ) If it isn't, can I make it a feature request please? ( I know that it can be done as far as the OS is concerned. )
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  • So your talking about after you turn off the screen and turn it back on you want it so you don't have to swipe to unlock the device? That's not controllable from the app but a limitation the device OS. I know you could not do the with the Redeye either. The only thing I would recommend is in the iRule settings select the bypass screen lock and select it to dim. This will not turn off the screen completely but dim it down to save batteries life.
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  • The RedEye app DOES do this... which is why I asked. I also double checked that it did before I posted. If you select a menu option such as setup after the screen should have locked, THEN you have to unlock it. ( This is on Android.... I'd imagine that this would be on Apple's "we don't think you want to do that so you can't" list. )
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  • Alex (Official Rep) March 28, 2013 15:43
    I have this enabled in the setting on the Asus Transformer and it works exactly as the setting says. When I press the power button, it just turns on the screen and there is no lock.

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  • But on that transformer if you press the power button anyway ( outside of the app ) and then press it again, is the screen locked? I ask because you can set Android not to lock immediately that the screen is turned off. On my S3, the RedEye app didn't allow the screen to lock even if that timer had expired, whereas the iRule app does.

    Obviously one way around it is to set the timeout for locking after the screen turns of to something quite long... say 30 minutes, but this is at the cost of some security and shouldn't be necessary.
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  • Alex (Official Rep) March 28, 2013 15:52
    It never locks no matter what app or screen I am on.

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    • So now I'm confused... you seem to be saying that the Asus transformer screen never locks, even if you aren't in the iRule app. If so, then I'm not sure that the fact that the setting is enabled in iRule is even relevant? In which case your original post seems a bit pointless, so I'm definitely missing something!
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  • Alex (Official Rep) March 28, 2013 16:11
    I guess I am getting confused here.

    I said "I have this enabled in the setting on the Asus Transformer and it works exactly as the setting says. When I press the power button, it just turns on the screen and there is no lock. "

    By "this" I meant the setting in the actual Android OS. In iRule I didn't touch anything with Prevent System lock at prevents the screen from turning off entirely. I did not want that, even with Dim. So I just disabled the Lock in the Android settings and now I can just turn off the screen with power button and then turn it back on whenever I need to and my device is not locked so I can start doing what I want to do quickly.

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  • Right... ok, I think we were at cross purposes then :-). Yes, you can just disable the screen lock in Android, which may be fine for a "dedicated remote" tablet, but not for a phone, because you'd need to keep changing the settings, or risk someone using your phone.

    So, the ideal is for the iRule app to prevent the screen from locking when it is active. That is what I thought the "bypass screen lock" setting was for. However. with that setting enabled, the screen still locks if it is set to do so in Android when the power button is pushed. My ideal situation ( and the way that the RedEye app works ) is that you can press the power button to turn off the screen, then when you want to use the remote push the power button to turn on the screen, and the phone will not be locked - REGARDLESS of the setting within Android itself.

    This would actually be irrelevant if you could set the level of "dim" in the dim screen setting so that "dim" actually means "off." So either solution would be fine.
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  • In case you still didn't found a solution: I'm using a little app called unkeylocker that alows me to bypass android lock screen. Works wonderfully amd not a battery/memory eater.
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  • Yes, I'm using a similar app now - but only because I've bought a few Nexus 7's to use as remotes and using a dedicated Google account for them. On a phone it's still a pain to have to remember to enable/disable the lock whenever you need to - would be better if the lock was automatically disabled whenever iRule was the foreground app.
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