Android Smart Lock option “Trusted Places” has been removed in the latest version of Google Play Services
One of the many benefits of the Android operating system is features like Smart Lock. It allows your phone to automatically unlock under specified parameters. Previously, these options consisted of On-body detection, Trusted places, Trusted devices, Trusted face, and Voice match. However, the latest version of Google Play Services seems to have removed the Trusted places options.
The folks over at Android Police first noticed this issue earlier this morning, and I easily confirmed it on my Essential Phone. While my Google Play Services version stayed the same (12.6.85), after a reboot, the Trusted places option was gone. Several other commenters confirmed that the option disappeared after a reboot, provided Google Play Services had been updated.
So why did Google remove this feature, buggy as it is? Well, last month there were some issues where the feature wouldn’t work all the time or where it wouldn’t work at all. Google said that they’d fix the issue in a future release of Google Play Services, but apparently, the fix wasn’t ready in time so it got pulled. It’s unclear if the feature will come back in a little while or if it’s gone for good.
We’ll keep you updated if Google decides to add the feature back in — and if they do, hopefully, it will work better.