Owners of smartphones from Google Pixel, Samsung and other manufacturers have noticed that the “Trusted Devices” option has disappeared from the Smart Lock settings. In all likelihood, this is not some kind of innovation, but rather a bug that will be fixed in the foreseeable future.
The Smart Lock feature, first introduced in Android 13, allows you to not lock your smartphone under certain conditions: when it is being used directly by the owner, when it is working in a trusted location, or when trusted devices are connected to it – a Bluetooth clock or an infotainment system in the car. In Android 14, the feature has been renamed to Extend Unlock.
The disappearance of the Trusted Devices option was discovered after the release of Android 14 QPR1 Beta 1, but was likely unrelated as it was observed on devices running Android 13 and 14 with Google Play Services version 23.35.15 – the Incident could be related to the latter. Resource journalists 9to5Google We checked several devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, and found that at least one of them retained Trusted Devices in Smart Lock.
There is a version in which the problem will disappear with the release of the next Google Play update – the Smart Lock function is actively used, and it is unlikely that Google decided to remove it without notice, without offering a replacement.