With Android 14, Google is introducing a feature that allows you to disable screen animations when entering your PIN code. In fact, the operation is much more discreet and reduces the risk of leakage when you are in a public place. We explain how to activate it.
While for many users biometric solutions have long since replaced the good old PIN code to unlock their smartphone, some continue to use the latter. Due to habit or other reasons, this unlocking method remains as popular as it is risky. In fact, a malicious stranger can easily guess your PIN code by looking over your shoulder – then they’ll have a hard time grabbing your finger to get past the fingerprint scanner.
To make matters worse, Android makes it a little easier for thieves by adding on-screen animations when you enter your PIN code. In fact, each number is highlighted as you press it, which serves as very handy visual feedback but also makes them even more visible from a distance. Fortunately, Android 14 will finally provide a solution and give users the option to disable this visual feedback.
How to make your PIN more secure on Android 14
Therefore, if you are one of the PIN code fans, we recommend that you activate this option that has just appeared in Android 14 as soon as the update is available on your smartphone – or, failing that, if you are already through the beta of the operating system on your Google Pixel. That’s how it’s done:
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Once this option is enabled, the animation will no longer appear on the screen when you enter your PIN. The lack of feedback may be disturbing at first, but you will gain a lot of discretion if you unlock your smartphone in public.