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Transform your phone with the best Android lock screen apps

Update: New for 2018!

The lock screen on your Android device isn't just there for functionality. It's also an important navigational screen you can use to jump straight to the features you use the most. Standard lock screens are fine, but our list of the best Android lock screen apps and widgets will make unlocking your phone more fun and practical.

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Always on AMOLED for that Samsung feel

Ever wanted that always on lock screen typically found on Samsung smartphones? Well, now you can have it no matter what device you have. Always on AMOLED is not really a lock screen per se, but it does emulate one. It can show the clock, notifications and various other things. You do have to hand over an excessive amount of permissions to the app to get it to run, however, and it an LCD screen doesn't really do it justice but if you've got an OLED display it's a cracker.

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Always on AMOLED has a lot of customization options. / © AndroidPIT

Hi Locker for affordable customization

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 usually costs 2 bucks, but as it's currently on sale, it's well worth installing for free and taking it for a test drive.

LokLok turns your lock screen into a fun messenger

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 free to try and fun, so definitely worth a shot. IAPs exist for extra features like sticker packs.

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Draw pictures or write messages on your lock screen and send them to your contacts. / © AndroidPIT

CM Locker for no-nonsense functionality

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

Exercise your grey matter with 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

Next Lock Screen has brains and beauty

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

AcDisplay for minimal elegance

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

C Locker Pro knows a few shortcuts

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. / © AndroidPIT

DynamicNotifications saves you power and stress

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

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 have used Hi Locker and you know what, its simply amazing. The other one which I have tried is Dynamic Notifications - I must include "What an amazing lock screen" Thumbs up to both app devs for creating these Apps


  • People, you should try Tap Locker, it supports widgets and has some great unlock features.


  • Sorin 6 months ago Link to comment

    Personally, I do not use lockouts, I'm not their follower, because they can do a thing: bothering me because I rearrange icons, change menus and overwhelm all settings, and unfortunately I have to test each screen and menu to get used to new settings. It's frustrating for me to do that.
    Obviously, as people who prefer to be "in agreement with fashion," call the phone depending on the clothing, depending on the season, and why not, depending on the person or persons you have an important meeting!
    I suspect there are apps that automatically change the background, depending on the season, or change randomly. It is very interesting how to turn a phone with these applications, changing the look.


  • Lock Screen - Wallet theme is what I use. No pin(i really don't need one) but looks really cool. And its very simple to use.
    ***EDIT: Sorry their recent version does have a PIN lock. It has to be activated from settings...lol...


  • All the above Lockers are same nothing different why don't to post different and cool apps


    • wait...Are you telling me that an article titled "best android lock screen apps" only shows apps that lock your screen? this is some new level BS!!!


  • I use Pin Genie Locker. It is great that nobody can see my password!


  • fufu Dec 20, 2016 Link to comment

    How about No Pause Lock on google play. It simply allows you to lock your phone without pausing active app


  • 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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    Deactivated Account Apr 18, 2016 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 Apr 18, 2016 Link to comment

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


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    Deactivated Account Apr 17, 2016 Link to comment

    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 Apr 17, 2016 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!!

    search for "Donna Danley" in google play store.


  • Zui locker and Snaplock is cool

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