How To Display Owner Information On Your Phone’s Lock Screen [Android 1.0+]

Steve Campbell 26-07-2011

<firstimage=”//”>android lock screen infoHave you ever lost your phone? It’s a sick feeling, not just because it costs a lot of money to replace (especially if it’s a fancy new smartphone), but because it has valuable information like phone numbers, photos, etc, and also because it takes forever to reprogram a new phone and re-enter all of that information. You never do quite get it back to the way it was, do you?


There are all sorts of applications out there for helping you locate your missing mobile phone 2 Easy Ways to Recover a Lost or Stolen Android Phone These methods can help you find your lost or stolen Android phone or tablet. Read More , but one of the simplest things you can do is list your contact information on your lock screen. If someone happens to find it, will they be able to unlock it and find out who it belongs to? Probably not. So how can you list your owner’s information on your lock screen?

Adding Information To Your Lock Screen

Here I’m going to walk you through the process of adding your owner information to your Android phone’s lock screen. By “owner information”, I mean your phone number (which should probably be different from your mobile phone!), email address, name, etc. This way if you lose your phone, whoever finds it will be able to contact you fairly easily.

android lock screen info

To do this, you’re going to need to download a small, free app from the Android Market. The app is called Phone Found – Owner Info [No Longer Available], and you can find it either by clicking on the link or by searching on your phone’s Marketplace. To begin, download and install the app, then open up your app list and tap the Owner Info button.

You should now see the app’s default screen. Tap the Menu button on your phone and hit Edit.


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Once in edit mode, you can enter in all of the information you want to display on your Android’s lock screen. There are fields for your name, company name, phone number, email, as well as a message to whoever finds your phone which can range from instructions to incentives to return it. You can also select a photo to include with it.

android lock screen display

Note: When I ran the app, I could not get the ‘Message for Finder‘ window to pop-up the keyboard so I could type my message (you can paste text, however). It’s not too important of a feature, but here’s hoping it is fixed soon.


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Once you’re done, tap the Save button. Your phone may require a restart before you see your information show up on the lock screen, but after that, you should see it every time your phone locks or times out on its own.

The last step is to try and make sure you never lose your phone, but if you ever do, you may be glad you went through the short process of adding your owner information to your Android’s lock screen.


For such a simple application, I definitely think this app could be better at what it does. Hopefully this feature becomes a stock addition to Android’s OS so an external app isn’t needed to execute it at all. I think that’s pretty much a no-brainer.


Have you ever lost your phone?  If so, did you ever get it back and how?

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  1. Phil DOwt
    September 2, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    lost my phone in a NYC nightclub, i bumped into someone and felt it fall off my hip ...the dancefloor was packed so i got down on the floor but couldnt find it, even the people surronding me helped but it must have been kicked. when i got home i locked the screen and put a message up (via the pre-mcafee ver of wavesecure) and  a few days later a girl called me with the phone, she happened to have lost her phone that same night but found mine.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    If the keyboard won't pop up when you tap the "message to finder" box, just long-press the menu button to raise the keypad from the dead.

    • Steve Campbell
      August 8, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      Nice tip! Thanks for sharing with everyone!

  3. Lee
    July 27, 2011 at 12:09 am

    There are similar apps for iOS that create a wallpaper with contact info. One I've used pretty much since I got my iPod is If Found +. It currently costs $0.99, which is worth it if your phone is returned because of it.

    • Steve Campbell
      August 8, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks for sharing this, Lee!