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Tell me what lockscreen apps and settings I should be using

Tell me what lockscreen apps and settings I should be using

Far be it from me to reach out to the AndroidPIT audience for assistance on app recommendations (cough). Look, I could quite easily tell you my lockscreen settings and what I think are best. My current lockscreen setup is just very, very boring. Perhaps you have some better ideas?

AndroidPIT Lock Screen Huawei Mate7 1
Passcodes seem like a good lockscreen idea, right? / © ANDROIDPIT

This discussion has been prompted by my fear that I'm not 'optimized'. I like to think I'm taking advantage of modern Android features – I share my location on WhatsApp, I use NFC to quickly transfer contacts – but lockscreen apps and settings are a sort of blindspot for me.

For example, it was only two weeks ago that I gave lockscreen notifications another chance, only to discover that they’re really nice. Yeah, how about that? 

AndroidPIT Lock Screen Huawei Mate7 2
What a great lockscreen. / © ANDROIDPIT

Additionally, I dislike pattern security codes because I believe they are more easily remembered by an onlooker than a PIN. But are PINs no longer the best way to lock your display? Are lockscreen weather notifications a bad idea? I just don't know.

So, I'm asking for some advice. Leave me some messages and I’ll check out the comments for the next few days. Or hit me up on Twitter @scottadamgordon if you prefer.

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  • If you're using any S6/S7 variant, I would suggest Good Lock from the Galaxy App store. It's highly customizable. You can add any app to your lock screen, swiping up from those apps opens a mini app drawer with apps of your choice, swiping down from the clock opens a widget drawer with widgets of your choice, swiping down from the top of the screen gives access to various quick settings, S Finder, Quick Connect, etc. I highly recommend it.

  • Whenever I try a 3rd party lock screen it doesn't go well and I end up getting very frustrated. I use the Touchwiz lock screen that came with the S6. Although I've slapped on the Slidejoy lock screen because it eventually pays some money, and doesn't add too much frustration.

  • Eric May 16, 2016 Link to comment

    Always use system lockscreen with smart lock enabled keeps device unlocked when I'm at home and locks as soon as I'm a certain distance away from home also on body detection is a good feature really those methods are best and doesn't rely on any installation of any app

    • Yeah I love the idea of smartlock but I've always been worried about it. I think now's the time to give it a go.

      • Eric Jun 25, 2016 Link to comment

        you can use smart lock on chromebook as well links via Bluetooth to so chromebook recognizes phone as a safe device and you just tap on pro pic instead of inputting Google password as soon as phone goes out of range your chromebook if left alone will then lock until phone comes back into range very cool

  • My lock screen uses a close up picture of the Sun so it looks cool - I have my initials and address scrolling incase the emergency services need the info or a kind person finds my phone and wishes to return it.

    Usually I use my music player app Playerpro lock screen widget as I listen to music as I walk.

    I always use lock screen notifications - I have Air wake set up on my excellent Samsung Galaxy S5, so I just need to wave my hand over the phone to wake it up, showing my notifications which I can swipe away or keep as needed.

    Peace ✌

    • "I have my initials and address scrolling incase the emergency services need the info or a kind person finds my phone and wishes to return it. " -- this is a neat idea.

      Also, kind of wish I had Air wake :/

  • GT Ohh May 15, 2016 Link to comment

    I prefer my lock screen clean with nothing but the time & pin code pad.

    As far as notifications and weather go I don't feel the extra battery drain is worth it.
    I mean how hard is it to unlock and look?

  • Elfyn May 14, 2016 Link to comment

    Check out Samsung's "Good Lock" in the Galaxy Apps Store. It is still in beta but, it works pretty well on my S6E running 6.0. Installation does require a restart. It changes the notification shade to look more like stock android and you can choose which apps or not that show on lock screen. It also changes the look of the recent apps screen. You can tweak several other settings as well. They are continuing to update it regularly. I am really enjoying it.

  • The stock pattrn seems to solve the only likely scenario, which is losing the phone to an evil stranger who is not a skilled hacker of some sort. The scenario of both accidentally disclosing the pattern and then losing the phone to that same person who then turns out to be a sneaking dirty rat - well you do the math on the probability. Obviously if the police or a gang of Bad Boys surrounds you with guns and demands you open the phone, no fancy lock will help.

    One thing I do with the standard lock is scroll an email address with the word "REWARD" which I would pay an ordinary good-heared citizen who finds my phone and contacts me to return it - the overwhelming most likely thing.

  • Alex May 14, 2016 Link to comment

    I was using a lock screen app before but now I don't need one particularly because Iam using a cyanogen phone so I have themeing options and also lock screen apps and settings and all this live wallpapers are eating away lot of battery life I only use widgets which are minimal

  • I use Locker.

  • Donel May 14, 2016 Link to comment

    I used Microsoft's Next, Ac display and Echo Lockscreen. My conclusion is that the stock lockscreen is far better than any third party offering.

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    Deactivated Account May 14, 2016 Link to comment

    I've tried a few lockscreen apps, but I come back to stock... lockscreen security is like the best engineering principal KISS.. keep it simple stupid...
    I use a 6 digit pin to start and unlock the device and keep notifications hidden....
    no fancy wallpaper no adverts nothing running in the background, simple boring and secure...

  • I've literally tried just about all out there and have always reverted back to the native Android lockscreen

  • Hi Locker is the best if you wish to try one from the Google play....almost all features we expect from a lock screen app...a bunch of options to configure but simple settings..No other lock screen app has resided more than two days in my phone...! 'Hi' is with me since almost an year..

  • Simply use Google's native Marshmallow lock screen. Nothing out there isn't better, in my opinion.

  • Mark
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    May 14, 2016 Link to comment

    I use what ever is native to the phone. I have tried a couple of different ones in the past always ended up deleting them. I only have 3 icons on my lock screen, I prefer the uncluttered look. It also one less app you have depleting resources.

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