I have enabled “Always On Display” (AOD) mode on my new Samsung S21, as well as “Smart Lock”. I have also enabled pattern and fingerprint (FP) unlocking.
“Smart lock” is set to trust my home address based on GPS coordinates so when I am at home, the phone is unlocked most of the time (please note that “home” is where I live and “Home” is the phone Home screen).
When the AOD screen is on, I can double tap to exit AOD and ideally go to the Home screen. When I do that at home, it takes me to the lock screen first however, where I have to swipe in order to go to the Home screen, even if the phone is already unlocked.
This intermediate step is unnecessary as since the phone is already unlocked, there is no need to show the lock screen. Instead, I would like to go from the AOD screen directly to the Home screen when double tapping.
When I unlock using the FP on the AOD screen, that actually does take me directly to the Home screen, as expected. However using the FP is no longer an option as FP unlocking stopped working after I put on a screen protector (not an issue since the FP didn’t work that well anyway – I needed usually at least three tries for my FP to be recognized and be able to unlock the phone, despite storing several version of the same FP).
My old Samsung S8 used to work better from this standpoint as it had an option to show the Home button on the AOD screen, which when pressed would take me directly to the Home screen. I could not find a similar option on the S21.
I contacted Samsung support but they were not able to help – all they suggested was to restart the phone and to reset it to factory settings, despite my telling them that I had restarted it a few times with no change in behavior, and that this was not a malfunction but rather a configuration issue.
My question: is there a way to configure the S21 to bypass the lock screen when AOD is active and the phone is already unlocked thanks to “smart lock”?