How to Switch to Unlock Pattern Instead of Password / PIN on Huawei EMUI 10, 9, 8

Huawei phones running EMUI 10, 9 and 8 have unlock password option selected by default. But many of you don’t like to enter 6 digits every time you want to access your phone.

The majority of users prefer to use a pattern instead because it is much faster to draw a pattern then target digits on the keyboard. Password, PIN or pattern are used when you don’t use the fingerprint reader to unlock – for example, when it is not convenient for you.

Besides that, you must type password or draw your security pattern after you turn on or reboot your device. Here is how to switch the security mode from password to pattern on Huawei running EMUI 10, 9 and 8. This guide will be updating as new EMUI versions are released.

Switch to Unlock Pattern Instead of Password (PIN) on Huawei running EMUI 9 and 8

I will show how to do this on my Huawei P Smart+ a.k.a. Nova 3i currently running EMUI 9 (Android 9 Pie).

The process is a little bit complicated – you just waste a lot of time navigating through your Settings app and wondering where that setting is. I found it about after a five minutes, that is actually a lot of time for such a simple stuff.

  1. Open Settings on your Huawei phone: Settings Huawei EMUI 8.2
  2. Head to Security & privacySecurity & privacy Settings Huawei
  3. If you have EMUI 8, select Screen lock & passwordsScreen lock & passwords Settings HuaweiIf your phone runs EMUI 9, you should tap on  Lock Screen Password: EMUI 9.1 Lock Screen password
  4. Here tap on Change lock screen passwordChange lock screen password Huawei
  5. Now you should enter your current screen lock password that you hate and do it twice! Enter lock screen password Huawei
  6. On the next screen tap on Change unlock method. This is exactly the hidden option you’ve been searching for!
  7. And finally select Pattern in the pop-up list:change unlock method - select pattern
  8. Now you are to draw your new unlocking pattern twice and tap DONE:draw your new unlock pattern

Since now on you will be able to unlock your Huawei phone with the graphic pattern you specified:

unlock Huawei Nova 3i using pattern


In EMUI 10 you need to follow a bit different steps:

  1. Go to “Settings”
  2. Scroll down and tap “Biometrics & Password”: EMUI 10 Biometrics & Password
  3. Select “Lock Screen Password”: EMUI Lock Screen Password
  4. Tap “Change Unlock Method”
  5. Choose the option you prefer.

That’s it! Did this guide work for you? Tell us what Huawei phone you have and what should you do to do the same on your exact model.

21 thoughts on “How to Switch to Unlock Pattern Instead of Password / PIN on Huawei EMUI 10, 9, 8”

    • Hi! Thank you for your information. My Nova 3i has been also updated to EMUI 9.1.0 and there are some minor changes in it. I don’t have P20, but on Nova 3i you should go to
      Settings > Security & Privacy > Lock screen password > Change Lock screen password > Enter your lock screen password > tap Change unlock method > Select unlock method to your liking. Could you please check if this works on your device?

  1. Hi, my Huawei Y9 2019, has no option of pattern and passwords under security.

    • Hi! Check these steps:
      Settings > Biometrics & Password > Lock Screen Password > Tap Change Unlock Method > Choose the option you prefer.

      P.S. I will update the article.


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