Don’t want your device to automatically log into apps and websites? Follow this tutorial here to easily disable Auto Sign-in on Android devices.
Google has indeed taken our smartphone capabilities to new heights with added features like Autofill Framework and Notification Importance controls. There’s another feature in Android known as Google Smart Lock for Passwords, which was introduced back in 2015. There are very high chances that you’re already making use of this feature since it is enabled by default. But in case you want to turn it off, then the steps below will help you easily disable Auto Sing-in on your device.
What is Google Smart Lock for Passwords and Auto Sign-in?
It is a dedicated service for Android device and Chrome users, that allows you to store your personal passwords of different apps or websites. The service then syncs these passwords across all your devices (PC and Android phones) under the used Google account. More details at Android Developers website.
Now, Auto Sign-in is a part of Smart Lock for Passwords and you may consider it as an add-on. It is Smart Lock service that saves your passwords, the Auto Sign-in feature then has the ability to fetch and enter these passwords automatically into the provided fields.
Thus, it serves as a smart and quick way to log in on websites or apps, without actually entering the password and letting Smart Lock do it for you. So, if you have logged in on a website on your PC and saved its password, then the password will be synced with your Google account. Then while you try to log in on the same website on your Android device, you will be signed in instantly.
- Stores your passwords and syncs them with your Google account.
- Automatically prompts you for saved passwords on websites or apps.
While the feature is surely a convenience, but it could be a problem if you often let others use your device. They could easily log in to your Instagram, Facebook, etc without even asking you for the password. Sounds like trouble? Well then, its quite easy to turn off Auto Sign-in on Android.
Instructions to Disable Auto Sign-in on Android
Both Smart Lock for Passwords and Auto Sign-in are enabled on every Android device by default. So, even if you thought that it is not enabled, then you might want to reconsider.
- Go to the app drawer and open ‘Settings’.
- Scroll down and press on ‘Google’.
- Under the ‘Services’ section, you shall find ‘Smart Lock for Passwords’. So, tap on it.
- Now, you should see two toggles on the very top – ‘Smart Lock for Passwords’ and ‘Auto sign-in’.
- Smart Lock for Passwords – Disabling this will completely block the device from saving any passwords of website or apps at all.
- Auto sign-in – If you disable Auto Sign-in, then the device will not automatically log in to apps or websites. However, the passwords will still be saved, if you choose them to.
- Since we are mostly here to disable Auto Sign-in on Android, so all you have to do is turn off the corresponding toggle.
Now, if you open a website or an app that you previously have saved the password for, the device will not automatically sign you in. Rather, it will prompt you with the list of saved passwords. In case you want to disable Smart Lock for Passwords on your device completely, then in step #5, also turn off the specific toggle.
There you go! You have been able to disable Auto Sign-in on Android. If you have any doubts, just drop a comment below.