How To Customize Your Windows 8 Lockscreen Using Lockscreenify

Skye Hudson 17-06-2014

Ever wanted to customize the Windows 8 lockscreen and been frustrated by its limitations? Lockscreenify knows how you feel, and it can remedy your situation.


While you can customize the look and feel of Windows 8 Make Windows 8 Sexier With These Background & Theme Tweaks Does your Windows 8 system look too bland with the default settings? You can customize it in a variety of ways, changing a variety of backgrounds and colors -- whether on the Start screen, lock... Read More to some extent, there’s no built-in way to add certain things to the lockscreen, like notes or a personal message.

If you want full control over your lockscreen, read on.

Setting It Up

Though it can’t replace your lockscreen entirely, Lockscreenify works by generating an image and setting it as your lockscreen’s background. It does this every 15 minutes; this way widgets that need updating, like weather, news, and stocks, stay current. It’s not as convenient as some of the lockscreen replacement options for Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8 Lock Screen Options: Calendar, Email and Weather It might not look like much, but your Windows Phone lock screen can provide all manner of interesting and important information to you – and it can do this natively, without third party apps. Read More , but it gets the job done.


Once you’ve downloaded the app from the Windows Store, you’ll open it up to find the typical horizontal-scrolling found in most Windows 8 apps. If you want to browse popular templates or see lockscreens created by other users, scroll right, but the main button you’ll need is the first one: Configure My Lockscreen.



From there, you’ll have two options: Pick A Template or Pick Featured Template. Select Pick A Template. The Featured option just automatically chooses one of the templates for you, and likely won’t be the one you want.


Next, you can browse sideways through a wide range of templates. Once chosen, the general layout isn’t customizable. So if you pick one with Weather, Stocks, and a Calendar, don’t expect to just be able to remove the Stocks. You’ll need a different template for that.



After that, it’s time to customize your selection. Enter the city for your weather, choose what kind of calendar you want, enter any notes that you want to keep, etc. While there is a wide range of options available, not all of them are as customizable as you’d think. For example, the quotes option only lets you choose from their pre-selected quotes — no adding your own.


Once your data is configured, it’s time for background images. You can choose from three options: a solid color, a pre-selected background image, or the current weather. Unfortunately, your only options for backgrounds images are provided by Lockscreenify; you can’t use your own. But it is possible to locate the Windows 8 lockscreen images How To Find And Use The Wallpaper And Lock Screen Images In Windows 8 The Windows 8 Start and lock screen may not strike you as particularly interesting. That's until you discover the "artwork.". Let me show you how to get your hands on these gems! Read More to use elsewhere, if you want to set them as a desktop or Start Screen background.


However, their built-in options for background images are pretty cool, and you can apply a nice blur effect if you want.


When you click Preview at the bottom, Lockscreenify will take a few seconds to generate your background image.



After that, you’ll need to approve it to run in the background (for syncing purposes), and then you’re all set.


Pricing It Out

So what does all this cost? Lockscreenify itself is free, but there are several in-app purchases. You can remove ads from the homescreen for $5.99, but that seems highly unnecessary since the ads are only visible if you scroll far to the right while in the app. They don’t appear on your lockscreen or anything like that.


You can also buy additional templates for $1.49, which is much more reasonable. There’s a decent selection of free templates, but the paid ones have more widgets, like a sports score updater or image slideshow.

The Result

In the end, the lockscreen you create turns out pretty nice. See the one I made below for an example.


When previewing the lockscreen, it will seem like there’s a big gap in the bottom left, and that’s because that’s where Windows puts the time and date on your lockcreen. Check out the screenshot of the preview view below.


Unfortunately, because it’s just an image refreshed every 15 minutes, the widgets don’t have the same kind of interactivity as lockscreen widgets for Android 5 Excellent Lock Screen Widgets for Android One of the perks of having an Android device is that you can natively add widgets to your home screen. Some widgets are highly specific and only useful situationally, but then there are those amazing... Read More would. To edit things like the chosen quote, your notes, or your news provider, you have to go back through the template creation process and change it. That’s quite a hassle if you plan on changing it much, but if you just want to create a cool lockscreen and leave it, no problem.

Overall, it’s great to see developers getting creative and taking some initiative with Windows 8 apps finally. Lockscreenify is a fabulous way to have a more customized Windows 8 experience.

You can download Lockscreenify for free at the Windows Store.

What do you think of this app? Any other cool Windows 8 customizations apps you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments.

Related topics: Organization Software, Windows 8.

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  1. Cherry
    December 31, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I can't figure out how to delete it, doesn't show up as a program in add/delete programs!!

  2. Thad
    June 19, 2014 at 4:29 am

    I have no clue what's going on. I can't change my lock screen after deleting this app!

  3. Fuze
    June 17, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Wow thats really cool. Thanks!

  4. Yashovardhan Sharma
    June 17, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    How do remove it?
    I uninstalled the program, but the lockscreen that I created is still there!

    • M. Adams
      June 17, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Just change your lock screen wallpaper via the Windows 8 Settings. (Charm bar > Settings > Change PC settings > PC and Devices > Lock Screen).

  5. Timur
    June 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Is there anything like this for Win7?

  6. Kevin
    June 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Huh, I like it. Got sick of the old screen. But I don't spend a lot of time on the lock screen.