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10 best Android lock screen apps and widgets

Authored by: Robert Zak — 3 months ago

The lock screen on your Android device is not only something that can look great and show off that high-res display on your phone, but it's also an important navigational screen, which lets you jump straight to the most important features on your phone. While the lock screens on most Android phones are functional enough, we have here a list of the best Android lock screen apps and widgets that will can make unlocking your phone a whole lot more fun and functional.

SlideLock Locker

Are you an iPhone escapee who still feels a bit sentimental towards Apple's slide-to-unlock lockscreen? Fret not, because this fantastic lockscreen app will fill that slider-shaped hole in your life. Using SlideLock, you unlock your Android device by sliding from left to right along the bottom of the screen. You get actionable notifications just like in Lollipop, so you can tap to go to them or swipe to dismiss them. Slide from right to left to go straight to the camera.

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SlideLock will be instantly familiar to former iPhone owners. / © Silver Finger Software
SlideLock Locker Install on Google Play

Semper: Learn Effortlessly

This app - formerly known as UnlockYourBrain - turns unlocking your phone into something quite valuable. It uses the 80 or so times you unlock your phone every day to keep your brain ticking using simple maths and vocabulary exercises. Does this mean you can't access your phone if you don't know what 12 x 8 amounts to, or what 'el amigo' translates to? No, thankfully UnlockYourBrain lets you skip questions and access your phone anyway, so no pressure.

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Semper makes you that bit more knowledgeable each time you unlock your phone. © ANDROIDPIT
Semper: Learn Effortlessly Install on Google Play

Next Lock Screen

Microsoft's new philosophy of going cross-platform and cross-OS with its software has been paying dividends, and Next Lock Screen is another fine example of Microsoft's design acumen complementing the Android ecosystem.

Next Lock Screen looks elegant and simple, but beneath the surface it's cleverly calculating which apps you're most likely to use based on your location (home, work and so on), then presenting you with apps you use most often in these places. You don't need to use this feature of course, in which case Next is still worth using for its neat presentation of notifications, calendars and other key phone functions.

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Next Lock Screen displays apps based on your location and usage habits. Clever stuff from Microsoft. / © ANDROIDPIT
Next Lock Screen Install on Google Play


Plenty of lock screen apps go for the simple minimal look, but none do it quite as well ad AcDisplay. Small icons appear for notifications, and you simply hold your finger on one of these icons to see the notification in more detail, after which you swipe down to dismiss it. AcDisplay even uses your device's sensors to detect when it's in your pocket or in use, so the screen switches on and off accordingly.

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AcDisplay looks great, and uses your device accelerometer to detect when to switch the lock screen on and off. / © Artem Chepurnoy
AcDisplay Install on Google Play

C Locker Pro

C Locker Pro is a sizeable lock screen package that has a ton of features and shortcuts to refine your lock screen with. There are over 30 custom shortcuts you can create to make calls, access apps, or read notifications from your preferred social networks. One of our favourite options is being able to double- or triple-tap your screen to turn it off - a feature usually reserved for high-end phones.

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C Locker Pro offers an array of themes, and it's regularly updated to incorporate new phone features like fingerprint scanners. / © ANDROIDPI
C Locker Pro Install on Google Play

Echo Notification Lockscreen

Echo displays messages is a sleek, minimally-designed lock screen that gives you a fine level of control over what you see and have instant access to. As you can see in the picture, you can create notification categories, such as 'Work', 'Media' and 'Social', and choose which apps go in them. This means you have access to many more apps directly from the Echo lock screen than you would on a default Android one.

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Echo Notification Lockscreen provides you with messages and missed calls on your lock screen. © DoubleLabs
Echo Notification Lockscreen Install on Google Play


DynamicNotifications is a subtle lock screen app that's easy on the eyes as well as on your phone's battery. By default, it has a plain black background, and notifications only switch your screen on when it's not in your pocket, bag or face down. This app doesn't actually have to be used as a lock screen, but the option exists if you buy the premium version ($1.99). You can customize what what happens to notifications when you swipe them, and also set a "night mode" whereby you won't receive notifications when you're asleep.

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DynamicNotifications is a zero-flab lock screen with some nifty features like night mode and movement sensing to preserve battery. / © Great Bytes Software
DynamicNotifications Install on Google Play

Locker Master

With quirky themes like ukulele and a pump-action shotgun, as well as playful unlock methods such as 'Poker pattern', you can see how Locker Master earned its esteemed 'master' status. It has the usual plethora of widget and app shortcuts, and - unusually - displays apps vertically rather than horizontally, which means more of them can fit on the screen. There are plenty of nicely-designed themes too, including one which adapts to the time of day.

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Locker Master uses a unique sidebar to display your shortcuts, and has some crazy unlock mini-games too. / © ANDROIDPIT
Locker Master- Fun, DIY Themes Install on Google Play

GO Locker

This beast of a lock screen package offers quite possibly the largest selection of themes of any lock screen app. It claims. It claims to have over $900 worth of themes (some are free, some not), and offers you a range of ways to unlock your phone and present apps that you want to quickly access. A nice unique touch here is the option to have shortcuts to directly switch things like mobile data and Bluetooth on and off from the lock screen.

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GO Locker is a good thing in big package.  / © ANDROIDPIT
GO Locker - theme & wallpaper Install on Google Play

Android Lollipop

Yes, yes, we're kind of cheating here, as Lollipop isn't technically an app - at all. But we like to give credit where it's due, and we think Google really nailed it with Lollipop lock screen. Whatever UI you have over the top of it, the Lollipop lock screen is minimal and functional. Notifications are displayed in cards, and double-tapping one takes you straight to it. Depending on your phone, you also get the obligatory selection of app shortcuts on the bottom. To dismiss a notification, just swipe it left or right into oblivion. Simple and brilliant.

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The Lollipop lock screen, in all its variations, is a praiseworthy piece of design. / © ANDROIDPIT

Are there any lock screen apps that we missed out? Let us know, then maybe they'll make it into our next lock-screens list!

A tech aficionado since he first picked up a NES controller, Robert has written about technology, videogames, and film across a range of sites and magazines, including Den of Geek, Gamasutra, and Computeractive. At AndroidPIT, he'll be bringing you the latest Android news and reviews from the front line in the UK.

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  • The most recent one is WOW Locker. It's nice, smooth and changeable every day. Please reply here if you want a try:-)

  • Another suggestion is Next News Lock Screen (Google Play). It's clean, fast and it shows trending stories based on your interests.
    We're the team that released it :)
    GP Download Link:
    Give it a try and please give us feedback.

  • Hard to believe someone thinks Google really nailed it with Lollipop's unlock screens. The fact that I lock my phone (with a pin) means that I have and receive information on my phone that I don't want to be public. Therefore, I disable notifications. Else, whoever finds my phone gets my texts, emails, etc. I'm really surprised that people use notifications, honestly.

    Once notifications are disabled, I now have TWO unlock screens to use each and every time I go to use my phone. First, i have to swipe up to get to the security screen, then I have a normal unlock screen. It is so f'ing annoying, if I ccannot find an app to override these geniuses who programmed this, I'm upgrading back to Android 4.4.4.

  • how about this one that is a customizable lock screen, named LockZine at Google Play.

  • Hate photo notifications as much as we do? Trumpit sends photos straight to your lockscreen and you can respond on your lockscreen!! Download and check it out:

  • Bob Llama 2 months ago Link to comment

    A note on C Locker Pro: it's too easy to bypass the lockscreen. All you have to do is hit the all tabs button on say your galaxy s6 and it bypasses the screen.

  • Josh.l 2 months ago Link to comment

    You might want to review the go locker i used it already for a few months but just recently they start spamming ads everytime i unlock i get an ad. For example i lock my phone a few mins later my friend sends a sms i unlock and have to close the ads again. Its a gd app but the constant recieving ads is frustrating.

  • I installed Slidelock locker after reading this. My phone gets more awesome than before. Thanks for this post! :)

  • I'm searching for a lock screen in which you can put any widget you can put on your homescreen. Because i want to change the clock in the lockscreen to the clock of 'form clock widget'. On my standard lollipop lockscreen is the clock in a thin font an white, and I want it to match with the form clock widget :) Please comment if you know a way to do this or an app to do it with.

  • It's clearly missing SlideLock and LockerPro

  • Chris Ali 4 months ago Link to comment

    As my tablet's power button is hard to reach, I lock my android using this tiny app called Go-Sleep I'm using the free version, but how can I hack it to unlock the WIDGET ?? Thx

  • Stephen 4 months ago Link to comment

    I'm after a lock screen that looks like a bank vault to open. Or a combination dial like a old safe (free) if anyone knows any.

  • Sean Dent 4 months ago Link to comment

    I went through this list painstakingly. None of them offer the things I need: 1) secure 2) convenient and 3) all of the notifications I want. Except one. The native Lollipop lockscreen. With that, I don't need to enter my password when I'm at home and it shows me all of the notifications except the ones I turn off. Only one of these even offers a smartlock feature and that's tied to a modem. But they all offer only a few notifications. Lollipop is not the prettiest lockscreen, but it's the most functional by far.

    • Hi Sean, feel free to try out Locker Master, you are able to personalize your lock screen with great visuals and meet your concerns. Try it out.

  • Alex 5 months ago Link to comment

    Are there lock screen apps that allow me to select which notifications to display and how much detail? for instance lollipop displays my phone divert on with a message in the lock screen. This isn't useful in the lock screen but okay in the notification bar. I may want an app to tell me it has a notification but not the necessarily the full message. Any ideas?

  • I am surprised the screen lock apps I have tried don't allow personal messages for someone who finds my phone. Are there any that do this?

    • Yes there is, Dodol has it where I was able to put my wife's phone number on the front in case it was found.

      • I own a droid turbo, which is running lollipop, if you go into settings>security>owners info, you can type what you want and check the box owner info on lockscreen. This will scroll whatever information that you wanted in there constantly. Example: wife's name, phone number, ICE ( in case of emergency), it will continuously scroll on the lockscreen. This is very helpful in case of an emergency if they cannot unlock the phone.

    • Jack Jack 3 months ago Link to comment

      actually, there is a setting in lolipop security option to add a message on the lock screen

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