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12 best Android lock screen apps and widgets to reinvent your phone

Update: Hi Locker with quick launcher added

The lock screen on your Android device isn't just there to look good. It's also an important navigational screen, which you can use to jump straight to the features you use the most. Standard lock screens are fine, but check out our list of the best Android lock screen apps and widgets if you want to make unlocking your phone more fun and functional.

1. Hi Locker

Hi Locker's offers a CyanogenMod-style quick launcher that works by holding and swiping over to one of your favorite apps to quickly open it from the lock screen. It has 3 styles of lock screen: classic, Lollipop and iOS, and a separate screen dedicated to your calendar, where you can quickly view upcoming events. It's got a decent array of ways to customize it, too, including custom greetings, different fonts, and automatic wallpaper changes.

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Hi Locker offers a CM-style quick launcher. / © ANDROIDPIT
Hi Locker - Your Lock Screen Install on Google Play

2. LokLok

LokLok is a fun idea, but your friends need to get involved too if you want to get the most out of it. LokLok lets you draw on your lock screen and then send the drawing as a message to a friend who uses the same app. This message will then appear on their lock screen for them modify and send back to you, if they wish. 

LokLok is still in beta, and you can't set up a PIN code with it just yet, meaning it's not a great lock screen app for security. But as a free, fun way to send messages, it's definitely worth a shot. 

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Draw pictures or write messages on your lock screen and send them to your contacts. / © ANDROIDPIT
LokLok: Draw on a Lock Screen Install on Google Play

3. Next News Lock Screen

Next News is a news feed delivered direct to your lock screen, which you can customize to make sure you always see the stories you care about. Select from a list of categories, such as sports or entertainment, and they will be displayed on your lock screen for you to swipe through. Just tap and hold on a story to open it up. 

Like LokLok, Next News still in beta stage and isn't without its bugs, but it's certainly a unique lock screen idea.   

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Get a customized news feed delivered straight to your lock screen with Next News. / © ANDROIDPIT
NextNews Lock Screen Install on Google Play

4. CM Locker

CM Locker has a slide-to-unlock function, à la iOS, as well as power-saving feature that cleans out batter-draining apps directly from the lock screen. You can choose to use a pin or pattern to unlock your device, and there's an intruder alert feature that will take a photo of anyone who unsuccessfully attempts to unlock your phone. It's a no-nonsense screen locker that lets you control your music playback, view recent messages and check the weather forecast and it comes highly recommended.

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CM Locker features some useful lockscreen options. / © AndroidPIT

5. 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 lock screen app will fill that slider-shaped hole in your life. Using SlideLock, you can unlock your Android device by sliding from left to right along the bottom of the screen. You also get actionable notifications just like in Lollipop, which you can tap to go to them or swipe to dismiss them. Sliding from right to left takes you 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

6. Semper

The 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 is, 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 Vocabulary Install on Google Play

7. 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 said apps. You don't need to use this feature of course, but 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

8. AcDisplay

Plenty of lock screen apps go for a 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

9. C Locker Pro

C Locker Pro is a sizable lock screen package that offers a ton of features and shortcuts to refine your lock screen. There are more than 30 custom shortcuts you can create to make calls, access apps or read notifications from your preferred social networks. One of our favorite 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 such as fingerprint scanners. / © ANDROIDPI
C Locker Pro (Widget Locker) Install on Google Play

10. 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 from 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

11. DynamicNotifications

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 the phone is 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 (US$1.99). You can customize what what happens to notifications when you swipe them, and also set a 'night mode', in which you won't receive notifications when you're asleep.

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DynamicNotifications is a zero-flab lock screen with some nifty features. / © Great Bytes Software
DynamicNotifications Install on Google Play

12. GO Locker

This beast of a lock screen package offers one of the largest selection of themes of any lock screen app. It claims to have more than US$900 worth of themes (some are free, some not), and offers a range of ways to unlock your phone and present the apps you want to access most quickly. The option of shortcuts to toggle Bluetooth or mobile data on and off from the lock screen is a nice touch.

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

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!


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  • I think Lock Screen - Iphone Lock app is the best. My phone now is a Iphone

  • Well put together article. I have found Good Lock. Why not listed love it to bits.

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    anshul 6 months ago Link to comment

    I have never used any screen locker after reading this article I will also give a try. Best one which is inbuilt.

  • Rich D 6 months ago Link to comment

    Any one's that let's you use your fingerprint scanner for security

  • the lightest (in background data) and the most efficient security is probably the one you're phone came with....
    great having options but a lot of these apps have advertising and compromise security for the features they offer... I tried a few and now I'm happily back to stock Moto display and stock Nexus lock screen.

    • Yep, and way too much advertisements. More than 3/4 of apps on Google Play are full of ads. It is so annoying but these developers rather annoy than offer it without. That is just more reason I will not keep their apps on my phone and I will never rate more than a 1 star either for the darn ads. Wish someone could let me know if there is one without ads that does slide unlock like the iphone, so I do not have to try every single app and get infested with ads.

  • tariq 6 months ago Link to comment

    When ever I remove my main lockcreen (to prevent having two lockscreens.) My phone gets glitchy and doesn't work properly. I tried all kinds of lockers. But on s7 edge, When u put the lockscreen password on 'none'. I think it causes some kind of a glitch. Just putting this comment here in case other ppl run into same issue. They know why it is happening. I didn't know it was the lock screen at first I had to reset my phone and re install all apps one by one until I realized something is wrong with the system when you remove your lock screen.

  • Forgot to mention that CM lockers provides an fingerprint option if your mobile has a fingerprint :D

  • My phone recently upgraded from Lollipop to Marshmallow. I like my native lock while I was on Lollipop. Once the update to Marshmallow happened, Marshmallow crapped up my lock screen. While on Lollipop I was using a pin which had the nice clear circle numbers which still allowed me to view my lock screen wallpaper (of my family). Marshmallow has put this ugly white/opaque box in place of the clear circular numbers and that is the native lock screen under Marshmallow. I was trying to find a replacement lock screen but most of the ones I have tried are free with the native Lollipop lock screen features but with a boatload of ads. I attempted to pay for a few but none had the feature set I wanted. Any help here would be greatly appreciated.

  • Do you want to Keep Safe your personal life REALLY PERSONAL? No need to worry about giving your smart phone to friends and family. Vault - Gallery Lock can hide your private moments to avoid being seen by prying eyes. Hide Pictures and Videos to keep safe your privacy COMPLETELY FREE and UNLIMITED!!

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  • Zui locker and Snaplock is cool

  • Tony Dorr Oct 19, 2015 Link to comment

    I have a Master Lock speed dial pad lock and love it. Is there a lock screen that uses something similar as far as the method to unlock it?

  • I've tried all of the big players in the locker screen game, they all seem to gum up my phone and drain the battery. I've switched to the stock lock screen from TouchWiz on my Galaxy S6. Anybody else have trouble with 3rd party lock screens? The other trouble is if you want to use Android Pay you have to use the phone's native lock screen to use.

    • I'm the same, find it very hard to beat the stock lock screen on my s6 edge. It's the lock sounds that kill the 3rd party options

  • its really good

  • display very easy and very simple..

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

  • Next News Sep 22, 2015 Link to comment

    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.

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