A decade ago when I got my first mobile phone it was a small Nokia phone with a even smaller keypad. Those people who have used that kind of phones know very well how hard it is to type anything with those small keypads. Now smartphones are coming with screens sizes of 5 inches and larger, and the touch keyboards in them have certainly made typing things much easier. But still when it comes to typing passwords, it becomes a bit painful if you do not have small fingers of a child. Especially so because most of the passwords are shielded in the password fields – you do not really know what you are typing. It is a bit more like driving your car with headlights turned off, on a dark street guessing only by the sounds of other vehicles passing you by.
Fortunately, Android Lollipop makes things a tad easier and allows you to actually see what you have typed in a password field. In other words, it turns the headlights on and lets you see the road ahead of you so that you do not make any mistakes. Here is how you can make the passwords visible in Android Lollipop:
- On the home screen, touch the menu button (near the lower-left corner of the screen) and then select Settings to open Android Settings.
- On the Android settings screen, choose Security from under the Personal category.
- On the Security screen, you will find many of the security related settings. You have to toggle Make passwords visible setting to the On state from under the Passwords category.
- That’s it. From now on all the passwords you type in various apps and websites, they will not be shielded by asterisks or bullets.
Conclusion: If you are having difficulty typing passwords without seeing them in a password field, then you can make them visible in Android Lollipop. At the same time, this option should not be toggled on if you use the smartphone in public places for obvious reasons.