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Picking up or dialing without unlocking phone?

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by DFD01, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. DFD01

    DFD01 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    New to Android here. I won't have my phone until Saturday but was wondering about answering and placing calls without having to unlock the phone. Is this possible, either by default or with an app? See, I don't want to have to unlock the phone to simply pick up or dial. But at the same time I can't have the entire phone non-password protected.

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  2. txwolf1980

    txwolf1980 Android Enthusiast

    answering calls, yes. that is a default function. As for placing calls, you can download aftermarket lockscreens with a shortcut that will open the phone app. It costs 2 dollars, but I recommend widgetlocker. I'm pretty sure there are some free alternatives, as well. There are also several 'no lock' applications that disable the lock screen entirely (so that, when you press the power button, it simply turns your screen back on.) that operate witch various degrees of success.
  3. DFD01

    DFD01 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    So, in other words, the phone function is an app, and what I'm aiming for is an app like WidgetLocker that allows me to access certain apps and functions before unlocking the phone?
  4. txwolf1980

    txwolf1980 Android Enthusiast

    correct. Just do a search on android market for lock screens. You can do it over the computer, before you get your phone. Which phone are you getting?
  5. DFD01

    DFD01 Newbie
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    Casio G'zOne Commando because I need a durable phone. Took some research and thought to finally make the purchase, but I don't think I'll be disappointed!
  6. txwolf1980

    txwolf1980 Android Enthusiast

    That is a pretty good phone. I think you'll like it. Any other questions?
  7. A.Nonymous

    A.Nonymous Extreme Android User

    I'm confused. If you can dial without unlocking the phone, doesn't that defeat the whole purpose of a lockscreen?
  8. txwolf1980

    txwolf1980 Android Enthusiast

    No. But with a third party lo mas screen, you can put a shortcut that will launch the phone app.
  9. Stuntman

    Stuntman Android Expert

    I assume you mean that you want your phone password protected for everything except for making and receiving calls. It seems that some members are confused with your request such as I. I had to read this over a few times myself. Please, confirm if this is what you mean.

    My understanding is that the answering of an incoming call does not require you to enter your password first. Usually, you have to swipe the screen to answer and that's it.

    As for making calls, I'm not sure about Android phones. I know that Blackberrys have a feature that allows you to make calls without entering the password to unlock the phone. I would expect that Androids will have a similar feature.

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