How to Catch People Who Try to Unlock Your Android

Ben Stegner 12-01-2016

Securing your Android device Forget The Kill Switch: Secure Your Android Device Today Google has announced they'll be adding a kill switch to Android, but until it arrives, you can still secure your Android device by enabling remote locking and wiping features. Read More is key to ensuring your personal information doesn’t fall into malicious hands. If you’re looking to capture as much information as you can about someone who tries to unlock your phone, Lockwatch can help.


Once you have a password, PIN, or pattern lock on your screen Improve Your Android Lock Screen Security With These 5 Tips You're perhaps reading this thinking "hah, no thanks MakeUseOf, my Android is secured with a lock screen pattern – my phone is impregnable!" Read More , Lockwatch monitors for incorrect attempts. You can choose between one to three wrong attempts before Lockwatch emails you with a picture from the front camera, catching the person in the act.

Obviously people are bound to get their own passwords wrong from time to time, so Lockwatch gives you ten seconds after an incorrect attempt to get it right before it sends the email.

The email includes the exact time and date of the capture, picture of the front camera, a map of the area with latitude and longitude coordinates, and the accuracy of the reading — enabling high accuracy location on your phone will help with this.

If you want even more features, the Premium version costs $5 and includes SIM card change detection, support for multiple photos, and even recording sound from the missed attempt. It’s not necessary, but gives you even more to go off if your phone is stolen.


Whether you’re concerned about losing your device or just like to see if a friend tried to get into your phone, Lockwatch is a simple but important app to have around. Not the solution you were looking for? Check out other apps that can catch a potential thief The 3 Best Apps to Catch the Person Who Tried to Unlock Your Phone These Android apps take pictures of people who try to unlock your phone and fail. Catch phone snoopers and thieves red-handed! Read More .

Will you monitor your device with Lockwatch? Have you seen any friends try to get into your phone? Let us know below!

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  1. Anonymous
    January 12, 2016 at 12:11 pm