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Calling all Android tinkerers! There’s one aspect of Android customization that a lot of users tend to overlook. Once you’ve fiddled around with a custom Android ROM What Are The Best Custom Android ROMs? What Are The Best Custom Android ROMs? The moment you realize you can flash your Android phone with a new ROM is a pivotal one. Suddenly, you're free: Endless customization options, no more vendor bloatware, and, best of all, you don't have... Read More , new Android launchers Which Android Launcher Should You Use? We Compare The Best! Which Android Launcher Should You Use? We Compare The Best! Given the huge number of launchers available, there's something for everyone. Here are the best app launchers for particular needs, depending on what kind of user you are. Read More , new icon packs Beautify Your Android Phone With These 5 Stunning Custom Icon Packs Beautify Your Android Phone With These 5 Stunning Custom Icon Packs Looking to beautify your Android icons, but don't want to pay money? I tested out a large number of free custom icons packs and found five of the best you can find anywhere — without... Read More , new wallpapers, and a nifty new keyboard How To Choose The Best Android Keyboard For Your Own Needs How To Choose The Best Android Keyboard For Your Own Needs If there’s one reason to pick Android over any other type of smartphone, it would be customizability. Whether you’re looking for different kinds of apps, themes, or ROMs, you’re always just one click away from... Read More , is there anything left to play with? Yes! The lockscreen.

Are you tired of looking at the same, boring screen every time you wake up your phone from sleep? That screen is called the lockscreen — because most users require a password or gesture to unlock access to the device — and it can be easily customized. Are you ready to breathe new life into your phone?

Start

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Formerly known as Active Lockscreen, Start has really earned itself a large and loyal following. It’s sleek, classy, and packed full of features that make it a strong choice for an “all-in-one” lockscreen; in other words, it allows you to perform many different actions directly from the lockscreen itself.

On the left, there’s a sidebar that lets you manage all of your social media feeds. RSS, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter — you name it, you can keep up with it. At the bottom, there’s a ring selector that you can use to launch apps. The ring has no limit on the number of apps it can support. The interface is intuitive and straightforward.

All of this goodness comes with minimal power requirements as the developers have spent a lot of care in making sure that Start is not a burden on your device.

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SlideLock Locker

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SlideLock is one of the newest lockscreen replacements on the Play Store and it’s absolutely amazing if you’re seeking a clean, minimalistic solution. It’s built to be a “notification center” where you can keep up to date with notifications without having to unlock the phone.

Sound simple? It is, but don’t let that fool you. As deceptively simple as it is, you’ll find that it provides just enough functionality to be useful without overloading you with too many stimuli. The lockscreen displays all unhandled notifications. For each one, you can swift left to dismiss it OR swipe right to open whichever app handles that type of notification (e.g., Textra for text messages Text Better With These Alternative SMS Apps For Android Text Better With These Alternative SMS Apps For Android Don't like your default SMS app? Try a new one! Read More ).

Notification effects (sound, vibration, icons, etc.) can be customized per app in the paid version, which costs $4 USD. However, the free version is certainly fine for what it does as long as you don’t mind it being ad-supported.

Locker Master

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Locker Master is the lockscreen app for users who love their eye candy. It comes with a huge repository of awesome themes, some of which are even animated. The designs are unique from theme to theme, allowing you to painlessly switch things up whenever you grow bored of your current lockscreen layout.

Along with the beautiful effects, you’ll find a nifty sidebar that you can customize to launch various apps. The Magic Box icon provides a quick way to toggle different settings such as data, GPS, volume, Bluetooth, etc. And yes, Locker Master can handle notifications from various third-party apps, including social media.

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Which Is The Best?

My personal favorite of the bunch is Locker Master. It’s packed full of features, doesn’t use much memory or power (if you enable the right modes), and it’s pleasing to the eye. If you’re going for lightweight, though, and you don’t need any features other than notifications tracking, I’d recommend SlideLock.

Have you customized your Android with a lockscreen replacement app yet? If so, which one are you currently using? Will you switch to one of these instead? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

  1. lauramartinez.b1arch
    July 28, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    I like LokLok - you can draw on your friend's lock screen or on your own lock screen - make to-do lists, notes, etc.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.loklok

  2. Ashley
    April 10, 2015 at 9:09 pm
  3. Stan.dmitriev@gmail.com
    August 20, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Try Swipe, it shows latest news from your subscriptions on the lock screen, full app experience right on the lock screen. I save a lost of time using it! Play Store - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.swipe.android

  4. Concerned citizen
    July 19, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Looks nice but I won't install anything from China. Why can't Google post developer country of origin so users can know who is developing apps

  5. Jeremy G
    June 16, 2014 at 3:29 am

    I rather like Timepin as I have to be damn sure I want to unlock my phone, thus preventing use of the phone while driving.

    • Joel L
      June 18, 2014 at 3:20 am

      Never heard of it. Unfortunately, it looks like it's been removed from the Play Store. :(

  6. Brandon R
    June 15, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    So as cool as these apps are from what I understand there is no pin or pattern for u to use to lock the screen so then anyone can simply go through your personal notifications etc. ?

    • Joel L
      June 15, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Fortunately, every reputable lockscreen app does include proper locking with PINs and passwords. Any lockscreen app without it should be avoided unequivocally!

    • Anonymous
      November 4, 2014 at 4:10 am

      I agree any lock screen without security wouldn't be my preference. Just came across a new lock screen app.. ZwypeLock. This app unlocks the phone when connected to secure wifi and bluetooth. Also they have a feature in Beta.. Unlock the phone using your finger swipe.
      This lock screen also provides notification feature

  7. Duy K. Bui
    June 14, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    The more you can do from a lock screen, the less "locking" the screen can do :)

    • Joel L
      June 14, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      In a sense that's true. However, if you're careful about what you're exposing (apps, notifications, etc.) then it shouldn't be an issue. The only real worry might be potential security holes in the lockscreen app itself. Good point, thanks for bringing it up!

    • rasha
      October 13, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      exactly. but with the use of double locks(default one) I like to use smart locker as a launcher app. this way its safer

  8. Glen
    June 14, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    check out CM locker, it is excellent

    • Joel L
      June 14, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      CM Locker looks magnificent. Very clean. If I could expand the list to 5 lockscreen apps, it would definitely be included!

  9. M. Adams
    June 14, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Hadn't heard of Locker Master until just now. It's phenomenal! I'd been using Sparky Lock Screen, which was pretty cool, but it had nowhere near the number of themes that Locker Master does. As far as I'm concerned, Locker Master is now the reigning champ.

    • Joel L
      June 14, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Locker Master really is good, isn't it? It caught me off guard and I agree that it's the reigning champ. Glad you like it!

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