Kaitlyn Cimino / Android Authority
It seems like almost every person locks their smartphone, be it with a PIN code or biometric authentication. As for smartwatches, though? We wondered whether Android Authority readers locked their watches, so we posted a poll to find out.
Well, a few days have passed since the poll’s publication on November 17. So how did readers vote? You can check out the results below.
Do you lock your smartwatch?
Almost 1,100 votes were cast in this poll, and it turns out that the results are almost evenly split. 51% of respondents said they didn’t lock their smartwatch, winning by a very small margin over the “yes” camp.
Most of the people who said they locked their smartwatch noted that they did so for mobile payment functionality. Of course, there are other reasons to lock your wearable, such as to protect your private data and in case it gets stolen. But these reasons seemingly pale in comparison to mobile payments.
Meanwhile, 49% of surveyed readers said they didn’t lock their smartwatches. At least one reader noted that unlocking their watch every time they wanted to use it would be annoying.
- duckofdeath: There isn’t an option if you want to enable contactless payments. Locked, but only required authentication once a day.
- No. It would be so annoying having to unlock it to use my watch. All they’d get of any worth is some notifications. Used to hate to use Samsung Pay on my watch I’d have to enter a fiddly pin every time. Besides when you’ve likely also got a phone on you and your is quite literally strapped to your arm few thiefs would try.