Bolster Android’s Security With A Larger Pattern Unlock Grid

Bolster Android’s Security With A Larger Pattern Unlock Grid

Android (rooted): Pattern Unlock is just one of the ways you can keep your Android device protected. If you want more security, this Xposed module can increase the grid size.

By default, Pattern Unlock uses a relatively small 3 by 3 grid on which you can draw your lock pattern. Although there is very large number of possible patterns that can be drawn between the nine points, there is obviously potential for increasing security by using a larger number of dots. Android doesn’t offer this setting, but if you’re comfortable rooting your phone and are happy to use the Xposed Framework, you can push the grid size all the way up to 6 by 6. The larger grid presents scope for more pattern combinations and much higher security.

The extra features come courtesy of CyanLockScreen, which you can either grab directly or download through the Xposed Installer app. We’ve looked at using the Xposed framework before, and it does open up a new world of possibilities and apps. Don’t forget to activate the module before restarting your phone.

Then head straight to the Screen Lock section of Android’s Security settings and select from the Pattern 3×3, Pattern 4×4, Pattern 5×5 and Pattern 6×6 options. Just as with the built-in pattern lock, you’ll then need to draw your desired pattern, confirm it by drawing it again, and then your phone with be ultra-secure. The number of pattern combinations now available is staggering and should be sufficient to keep even the most persistent phone snooper at bay.

CyanLockScreen [Xposed via WonderHowTo]


  • Or you can use Cyanogenmod, where the mod came from. Xposed mods can be quite buggy and the warning labels on this one are pretty dire.

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