Android’s Trusted Face unlocking method has
disappeared from devices running Android 10 or below
Trusted Face, Android’s unlocking safety feature, has been
around since 2014, but recently was quietly removed from Android devices altogether.
Both stock and OEM devices running Android 10 or below are affected.
The feature had been accessible under Settings – Security –
Smart Lock – Trusted Face. While not relying on biometric data for security, it
would use the parameters of a user’s facial measurement in order to unlock the
device. Unfortunately, this meant that even a photograph could easily trick the
feature into unlocking the device.
As of the Android 10 update, Trusted Face is no longer an
With no official statement, it’s unknown if the removal of
Trusted Face is temporary or permanent.
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