Tuesday Tip: How to Set Up a Customized Lock Screen with a PIN

Here’s a tip for all of our Android smartphone users. We all keep important, private information on our smartphones. Everything from text messages and email to calendars and to-do lists contain personal data that we wouldn’t want available to a phone thief or someone with malicious intent.

Setting a customized lock screen with a PIN is a simple, effective way to deter unwanted individuals from accessing your phone.


  1. Go to the Settings menu.
  2. Scroll down to “Security” or “Security and Screen Lock” and tap it. (This is typically located under the “Personal” section.)
  3. Under the “Screen Security” section, tap “Screen Lock.” By default, this option is set to “Slide,” which means no password or pattern is needed.
  4. Select PIN.
  5. Type a 4-digit PIN. (Note: For a stronger PIN, avoid repeating numbers—don’t use more than two). Tap “Continue.” Re-enter the PIN to confirm.

Be sure you know your Google account password before setting up your customized lock screen. This is important because if you ever forget your PIN, you’ll be locked out after a number of incorrect attempts. If this occurs, your only option to access your phone is to use your Google password.

Now your phone is more secure and your information is protected.

3 Thoughts on "Tuesday Tip: How to Set Up a Customized Lock Screen with a PIN"

  1. Beth Brittenbach says

    Thanks for this article Pat. I tried this but got annoyed because I had to re-enter the PIN every time I swiped the screen after it had gone into power conservation mode. I like the idea of the security but this is just too inconvenient.
    Thanks for all your great suggestions and recommendations. And your videos too! You really help us all out. Beth

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  2. dave ziegler says

    how to undo pin screen lock

    reply to dave

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Dave, you can remove the screen lock by going to Settings > Security > Screen Lock on most smartphones. If that doesn’t work, I recommend giving us a call at 888-345-5509 or chatting here.

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