Update: 1/2/2015 – Android 5.0 Lollipop did away with Lockscreen widgets from Android 4.4 KitKat and they are no longer a default feature. However, 3-party apps like the ones listed below can help you get lockscreen widgets on Android 5.0 Lollipop as well.
The Android lock screen has evolved from being a security wall to becoming a personalized space allowing users to quickly glance at useful information like notifications without having to actually unlock their devices. This affords them the luxury of keeping their devices secure without sacrificing updates.
Now, with the latest versions of Android, specifically Android Jelly Bean 4.2 onwards, Google has integrated built-in lock screen widgets, allowing users to place their favorite widgets on their lock screens for quick access. This opens up several possibilities, allowing you to fully customize your device to your preferences. Check out the following apps and instructions to find out how you can place widgets on the lock screen of your Android device.
If you are using an older version of Android which does not support native lock screen widgets, you will need to download the excellent WidgetLocker app. This app will replace your stock lock screen and provide tons of additional options to customize your device.
With this app you can define a custom grid and place your favorite widgets, icons and shortcuts on your lock screen and even download user-made unlock sliders to change the whole interface. This app however is not free to download, but given the functionality it brings, it is worth the price, especially if you can’t or don’t intend to upgrade your device to Android 4.2 or higher.
Go Locker is another lock screen customization app, but it is more about downloading preset themes rather than using your own widgets to customize it. If you are stuck with an older version of Android and don’t want to spend money on WidgetLocker you can look into installing Go Locker and checking out the customization options it offers. The wide variety of themes available for free means you can easily give your lock screen a fresh make over.
This is one of the most useful free widget applications available on the Playstore. If you are using Android 4.2 or higher you can set up a customized DashClock widget and place it on your lock screen for amazing features. DashClock extensions like weather, battery information, call logs, Gmail, quote of the day and word of the day will keep you occupied and give your lock screen a new life.
- If you are using older versions of Android (4.1 and below) you will have to turn to WidgetLocker or Go Locker for lock screen customization.
- If you are on Android 4.2 or higher, you simply have to lock your screen, swipe the lock screen towards the right and you will see there are several panels with a large add (+ symbol).
- Tap the button and you will be able to see the list of widgets available (you might need to unlock your device before the list becomes visible).
- Now you can easily select the widget you want and it will be added to that particular panel.
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