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Google may bring major iOS features to Android 14

It’s not a big deal, but if you have an iPhone and enter your six-digit PIN (or passcode), the device will unlock as soon as you tap the last digit. Try this with your Android phone (except for Samsung devices with One UI, but we’ll get to that in a moment), and you’ll be standing there for hours and still locked out of your phone until you hit enter.

According to XDA, Android 14 can change that by automatically confirming the correctly entered PIN. But that’s what gangs are for. This function only works if your PIN is at least six digits long, not four. And you know what? A six-digit PIN is more secure than a four-digit PIN. We recently told you about hackers breaking into your phone by watching you enter your password or PIN, stealing your phone from you, unlocking your device, and wiping your bank account. Using a six-digit PIN can save your skin.

While Samsung One UI also automatically confirms PIN entry, it works with a four or six-digit PIN. For your protection, choose a six-digit PIN (not 1-2-3-4-5-6) when using this feature with One UI on your Galaxy phone.

XDA through the newly released Android 14 Developer Preview 2, and when setting up a new PIN, a new button, “Confirm correct PIN automatically,” is found; Even if it doesn’t appear to work, the description under the toggle confirms what the feature does. It says: “Unlocks automatically if you enter the correct PIN with at least 6 digits. This is slightly less secure than tapping Enter to confirm.” The switch will not appear if your PIN is less than six digits.

In addition to the on-screen notification that “PIN length must be at least 4 digits,” Google added, “however, a 6-digit PIN is recommended for added security.” This feature can be enabled or disabled after you set a PIN. Go to Settings > Security & privacy > Lock device > Screen lock on your phone. Tap the gear icon to see an Unlock auto-confirm switch, which you can use to enable or disable the feature.

Since the feature won’t appear by default on Android 14 DP2, it’s possible that Google will decide to switch to 86 before the release of the stable version of Android 14 to verify the correct PIN automatically. A stable and final version of Android 14 will probably be released in August.

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