Reader request: Icon based unlock system in Tasker

Got another Tasker video tutorial based on a reader request. The challenge this time is to create a lock screen that requires you to tap a series of discreet icons to unlock the screen, rather than use the traditional PIN/pattern unlock system. The video shows how to create the basic system, which can be expanded upon however you want.

The slowness issue I mention in the video can also be solved by adding a Wait action before the Variable Set actions for icons 2, 3, 4. The down side of this is that there will be a delay from you tap the last icon to the system actually unlocks as everything catches up. The method used in the video is quicker if your inherent code input isn’t too fast, so both have pros and cons. If you have any suggestions for work arounds to this issue, post a comment below.

Disclaimer: You need to be careful when dealing with the System Lock action, especially when it’s tied to a %WIN refresh! I mention this again and again in the video, but I can’t emphasize this enough. You use this system at your own risk. Also, as you can see, the system works with my device/ROM/Tasker version combination. If it doesn’t work with yours, there’s no way for me to know why.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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