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How to set up actionable, iOS-like lockscreen notifcations on Android

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How to set up actionable, iOS-like lockscreen notifcations on Android
Throughout the years, Android has been missing a particular sliver of functionality that we love: iOS-like lockscreen notifications. By default, Android does not support this kind of functionality, and only a few apps (like Viber) will actually wake up your device's screen in order to draw your attention to a new notification. Even then, however, these aren't usually actionable.

Well, if you, like us, like this kind of functionality, then you'll be happy to know that there's an absolutely pain-free way to getting it with two simple apps that go hand-in-hand: NiLS Notifications Lock Screen and NiLS Floating Panel. What NiLS does, in essence, is exchange your default lockscreen for a custom one that looks exactly like its stock Android counterpart with one exception: it's able to hold notifications, and allows easy access to a number of very sensible quick actions. So, for example, you receive a mail -- NiLS will show it on your lockscreen, and a swipe from the leftmost side of the screen will reveal quick actions such as reply or archive. In that same vein, a Google Now notification that brings you a calculated time to home period is, again, actionable -- you can open maps or enter navigation right from your lockscreen. Lastly, you can dismiss an individual or all notifications with either a swipe to the right or swipe from top, respectively.

Check it out!

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posted on 30 Apr 2014, 09:40 4

1. FriendsOfSamsung (unregistered)


Why should I make my home screen look like a sub-par-ish os?

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 09:46 5

4. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2672; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Did you even read the article and those screenshots

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 09:49 11

6. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Nah, he didn't. He's here to bash and be a trash.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 19:07 1

20. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3224; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Pot calling the kettle black?

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 22:31

22. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


lol I can't believe it but I am agreeing with Mxyzptlk.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 11:04 2

11. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Ya know....one of the great things about being able to customize so much....is you dont have to switch platforms, phones, OS's to enjoy, use some of the things that are in other OS's.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 12:03 2

14. istitch (Posts: 157; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


i think even samsung is ashamed to admit you as his fan or friend

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 09:40 1

2. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2672; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Oh please, custom lockscreens are quite buggy and insecure and they often slow the device.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 10:36 2

10. gomulkaaa (Posts: 21; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)


I've actually been using NiLS for a few months now and it works flawlessly. Obviously, if you don't want someone to see your notifications when they simply turn on the phone, this whole idea isn't for you.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 11:10 1

12. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2672; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I've used both golocker and widgetlocker, both were buggy enough for me to give up on lockscreen customisation. Widgetlocker is plain horrible for a paid app. I will give this one a try.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 12:31 1

16. LAKAME_MAN (Posts: 30; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


This is not a custom lockscreen. It's a lockscreen widget.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 12:47

17. adwienc (Posts: 123; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


Deleting suitable lines in build.prop can solve the problem.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 09:42

3. nlbates66 (Posts: 278; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


Samsung's UI supports this by default anyway. (you know, the brand that somewhat 40+% of android devices is anyway?) :P

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 09:50 2

7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2672; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


But in that 40%+ there are many galaxies stuck in jelly bean and ics, which have a rather ugly clock on lockscreen. The one with s5 is beautiful though.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 10:16

8. nlbates66 (Posts: 278; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


true enough, a poor update rate is standard across all of android though, even Nexus devices(Nexus's may get updates fast but still get abandoned after about 24 months).

my Galaxy S III did get updated to 4.3, i'm expecting if it get 4.4 then that will be the last official update it gets, it's also very late considering how long ago 4.4 was released.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 15:52

18. Finalflash (Posts: 1448; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea but no other phone gets updates after 2 years anyway. MS only releases major updates after 2 years so we can't tell yet and iOS just updates the version number and cripples your phone without any useful new features anyway. So really the android update system is your best bet at the moment anyway. Worst case you still have the developer community to get you updates anyway.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 22:33

23. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Agreed, same here. I am also awaiting the 4.4 update but it seems like they are taking their time on it. Which is fine, because how many times does an update get released and then halted because of a major bug or problem with it?

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 09:46

5. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


No, thanks. I'm happy with the normal lockscreen on my phone.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 10:27 1

9. MobileNico (Posts: 49; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


This is a cool idea, but doesn't DashClock offer a similar feature, albeit implemented a bit differently? I assume many would prefer that to one that looks very much like iOS 7's actionable notifications.

The Moto X's Active Notifications feature also does this sans lockscreen.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 11:13 1

13. Castro90 (Posts: 38; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Is this not quite like what LiquidSmooth and Carbon-ROM have implemented into their ROMS? Right? RIGHT!?

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 12:20

15. tedkord (Posts: 4282; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Right. I've got it native.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 17:40 1

19. NOSrawesome (Posts: 22; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


I've got a Moto X so no need for this

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 21:33 1

21. rallyguy (Posts: 524; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


I don't use it, but I can have notifications on my lock screen on my Note 3. Author should check his facts.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 23:54

24. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


One of the reasons for a lock screen is to keep people out of my stuff - only child syndrome.
Seems asinine to me to have any information of any kind, no matter how innocuous, available at my first line of defense. Just not my preference, but that's the power of customization.

posted on 01 May 2014, 07:32

25. Karriope (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


I... just use DashClock.

posted on 03 May 2014, 13:26

26. ashouhdy (Posts: 44; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


why not just swipe down the notification bar to view all notifications !!!

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