How to: Put Owner Information on Your Android Lock Screen, Then Encourage a Reward for a Safe Return

Paul Unger, of Affinity Consulting Group, recently participated in a CLE conference for the Oklahoma Bar Association. The conference talked tablets and technology, including a rundown of some sweet Acrobat PDF tips.

One of the tips that struck me beautifully was his off-the-cuff statement that he puts his name and phone number on his device’s lock screen. He also said he includes a “reward offered” statement. That way, if the device gets stolen, hopefully you’re giving one more method and incentive to get the phone back.

The name/number feature is available on Android, and I’ve used the setting for awhile. However, until the CLE, I hadn’t thought about adding “reward offered” to the lock screen. So, I added that to my Android phone and tablet.

Setting up screen lock on your Android phone or tablet is simple. Open Settings > Security & Screen Lock (or Location & security). In that menu screen you’ll find Owner info.

 Click that menu, and you’re now able to enter the information you want to display.

Remember to check the box next to “Show owner info on lock screen,” and you’re done.

Some people choose to enter every piece of information about themselves, but I’m a little more lax. I figure someone pick up their phone, call me, and we can meet. Plus, with locator apps like Lookout and Google Device Policy, you can track your device’s location to aid in its recover.

Oh, and if you don’t have at least pattern unlock set on your Android device, here’s how.

2 Responses to How to: Put Owner Information on Your Android Lock Screen, Then Encourage a Reward for a Safe Return

  1. I just threw in a legal warning on my lock screen in case my boss tries to get a hold of the device, to remind him that he is committing a felony if he does.

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