When using your Google Pixel 6 or Google Pixel 6 Pro, you may get the “device was locked manually” or “PIN/pattern/password required after restarts” messages.
To see how you can get rid of these seemingly random locks, you can check out this troubleshooting guide from Seeking Tech.
How to disable Smart Lock features on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro
If you have Smart Lock enabled, then the “device was locked manually” messages could be related to that feature.
The On-Body Detection Smart Lock works by sensing your body. It should lock your phone when you put your phone aside, change your walking pattern, get in a vehicle or after 4 hours.
The Trusted Places works by using the location services on the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6. It should lock your phone once you get beyond the radius of up to 80 meters, disconnect from the location services or after 4 hours.
The Trusted Devices works by using a connected Bluetooth device. This should lock your phone once you get beyond a radius of up to 100 meters, disconnect from the Bluetooth connection, detect an unsecured Bluetooth connection or after 4 hours.
As you can see above, there are plenty of reasons why your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro will lock you out and asked you to input your PIN, pattern of password.
If you want to stop these locking issues from happening, then we recommend disabling the Smart Lock features by doing the following:
1. Open the Settings app. You can find this app by swiping upwards on an empty space in the home screen to bring up a list of applications you have installed on your phone.
2. In Settings, go to Security.
3. Inside the Security menu, select the “Advance settings” option.
4. In the “Advanced settings” menu, go to Smart Lock.
5. You will be asked to re-enter your PIN, pattern of password.
6. In the Smart Lock menu, you will be able to turn off the following:
- On-body detection
- Trusted places
- Trusted devices
How to fix Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro random reboots
Every time your Google Pixel 6 or Google Pixel 6 Pro restarts, it will ask you to enter your PIN, pattern of password.
If your phone seems to be randomly rebooting, then you can take a look at this troubleshooting guide.
How to update to latest Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro firmware
You should also make sure that your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro has the latest available firmware as that may help resolve the random locking issues.
To see if there is a new update available, you can take the following steps:
- Go to the Settings app.
- In Settings, tap System.
- Inside the System menu, tap the “System update” option.