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Motorola Skip, the NFC clip that lets you bypass your pattern / PIN lockscreen, was announced last week as an accessory exclusive for the Moto X. At the time, the Skip setup page linked to an app on the Play Store that wasn't yet publicly available, but that just changed. The Motorola Skip Setup app is required to get your Skip up and running. To set it up, install the app, turn on NFC on your phone, tap the skip against the back of your Moto X and follow the app's instructions. Easy.

You know, assuming you have a Skip. Or a Moto X.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Floris

    I like the new Motorola's Google Now-y design of custom apps, seems Google and Moto really Are converging.

    • Guestyguestguestguestofsen

      I would hope so since Google bought Moto's mobile division.

  • Casen Brashear

    Two questions. Does this also work with the new DROIDS and can I open the app and use any NFC tag. I have a bunch coming in from amazon and the NFC ring from kickstarter.
    I was hoping to use some of those to unlock my device too

    • wheineman

      No. This is the only phone that comes from the OEM with the ability to use NFC while the screen is off or locked. Also, it is likely only for MotoX devices.

      But you can do the same with Tasker, and if you have root you can enable screen off NFC.

      • Casen Brashear

        Well the new droids and the moto x have the same firmware and chip set inside. They are basically clones. Hopefully the skip works with them too

  • Chris Sanner

    how can this work?
    none of my other NFC-enabled apps work when the phone is locked...

    • Thomas Gladdines

      I guess they use the accesibility rights something setting to get the right to run the app even when the device is locked.

    • Ygor Vaz

      Motorola probably made some firmware changes on how the nfc works. Well, compared to adding a whole new chip in the phone just so you can call google now at any time, making the nfc service run even when the device is locked should be a piece of cake.

    • ProductFRED

      You can enable it with mods on certain phones like the S3 and Note 2.

  • David Still

    This _can_ be made to work on other NFC enabled Android phones, but you have to have root access and it takes a bit of work to set it up.


    That's how I made it work on my Sprint Galaxy S3, but the steps should work on most 4.0 or later NFC enabled phones. I glued a tiny NFC tag to my watch band, and that's how I unlock my phone now.

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

      Bummer, thought you meant that made this app work. I'm not a fan of the method provided in that link. As awesome as Tasker is, it's just occasionally unreliable for me and I can't trust that it'll successfully lock my phone 100% of times. :-(

      This is great for people who mostly lock their phones to keep annoying friends from messing with stuff on their device but is not so good for people needing security for work-related reasons. I wish I was the former. Although I'm also glad I'm not. Does that even make sense? bleh.

      • David Still

        I'm really in both categories, personally. And you're right, is does prevent you from using the stock Email client if your Exchange server requires security turned on. I use an Exchange client that gives me more control over that.

        As for fears of being locked out of your phone, if NFC unlock fails (or you don't havethe tag handy), you can still use your PIN or other lock as fallback.

    • CoreRooted

      There is also a third party app called "NFC Secure" that does this without Tasker and all that. It's $4.99 for the full version (30 day trial available). TBH, I bought it and played with it, but it wasn't all that stable (IMHO). There were times it would get wonky with my other NFC apps and/or not read the tag at all.

      • David Still

        I looked at that, but I really love my 4.2 lockscreen widgets, which NFC Secure overrides. I have a 2-year-old, and the camera widget is too vital to give up!

        • CoreRooted

          LOL! As well it should be. Enjoy the kid! :)

          TBH, I'm amazed (well, not really) that this NFC lock/unlock thing is such a pain in AOSP. It should have been available if even only as a permission set when they started rolling NFC capable devices. Hell, my old BB Bold had the ability to unlock from a secure NFC tap (the device itself HAD to write the tag in order for it to be considered "secure").

  • Adamberts

    Can't download on nexus 4,at least from the play store

    • ElfirBFG

      This makes total sense though.