x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA

Best lock screen widget apps for Android

Posted: , by Daniel P.

Tags :

Best lock screen widget apps for Android
Envious about those fancy lock screen widgets that come with the latest Android 4.2 edition, and are only gracing Nexus devices for now? Don't be, as the Play Store has some apps to offer that host similar functionality as the lock screen goodness in 4.2.

Lock screen apps that support widgets are only a handful right now, but there are many others that enhance the functionality of the first screen you encounter upon pressing that lock/power key of your Android phone.

With most of them you can call or text frequented contacts, launch apps or adjust settings directly from the lock screen. Some offer plugins that display different information like your Facebook or RSS feed there, and some shine with an abundance of themes to choose from so your lock screen never gets boring. Check out a few of the best in the slideshow below.

  • Options

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 06:48 19

1. redmd (Posts: 1350; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

this is the beauty of android. customization FTW!

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 06:59 19

4. mr.techdude (Posts: 571; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Yup, but when u tell iPhone fans about widgets, they say "who the help is gonna use that".like when I had the galaxy nexus with the panorama feature on it they still say who's gonna need that but when apple announced panorama and raving about it all the iPhone fans are just fascinated and over excited and I just sit there and laugh at them !!!!

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 07:06 8

5. Mightymack (Posts: 74; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)

exactly lol

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 15:55 1

17. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

don't worry in Apple camp we laugh when JB addressed to fix the lagging on your phone. iOS has had it since the beginning...

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 16:33 7

18. Aeires (unregistered)

Android users just laugh at you because that's all you have to brag about.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 06:55 2

2. shy2papa (Posts: 335; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)


posted on 20 Nov 2012, 06:58 1

3. iameer (Posts: 6; Member since: 17 Apr 2012)

I think android just makes a mess of everything....... there are widgets, then lock screen widgets, app tray and widgets tray.... I think android should just clean up this mess and make it simple....

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 07:08 11

6. bachelorrn0121 (Posts: 57; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

then customize it that fits your need.. it is very easy and fun..

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 07:31 14

8. Rocksteady (unregistered)

you mean become restricted, boring, and with no learning curve at all? But that's already available in the market.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 07:57 7

9. megabok (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 03 Apr 2012)

He wants it simple cause his mind cant keep up.. I think you're around 70 y/o

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 09:41 3

10. metoyou (Posts: 279; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Are you telling that he/she worser than my four years old little one?

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 10:23 2

11. megabok (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 03 Apr 2012)

most likely. simple things for the simple minded..

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 12:24 3

13. Xquisite (Posts: 87; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)

My father is a doctor, I helped him make the choice between iOS and Android. His first question about them was "Which one just works." He doesn't care about customization, he just wants to call, text, read emails, and browse the web.

Call him simple minded all you want, but you're close minded if you believe everyone thinks widgets/customization are the most important thing on a phone.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 13:34 1

15. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)

But it doesn't just work. I thought that myth was busted awhile ago.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 08:44

21. pulkit.tyagi (banned) (Posts: 35; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)

for u there is IOS ..so stick with it. for people who can handle more complex os there is android so just chill.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 07:17 2

7. Aeires (unregistered)

Cool article, thanks, I was looking at lock screens yesterday and adjusted HD Widgets to be my lockscreen. Have to check out some of these, I'm liking the options that some offer.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 12:14

12. blackspot (Posts: 102; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)

I use the WidgetLocker Lockscreen & I'm lovin' it!

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 12:36

14. ibap (Posts: 780; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)

Wait - I thought a lockscreen was supposed to be ... locked? I'm tired of being butt-dialed. I use WidgetLocker, but don't put widgets on the lockscreen that don't display information that I want to view quickly. I disable the click-response for all except the lock widget (don't want to wear out the power button or waste battery).

The idea of customization is that we can each have what we want or feel is important, but please don't dial me inadvertently or whine about your battery life.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 14:23 2

16. TheRetroReplay (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

Looking at some of these lock screens you kinda have to ask yourself, if you need all those widgets and apps on it, why not just turn off the lock screen?

I turn off the lock screen so I don't have to get something like this

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 17:48

19. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

will this work on any android?

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 07:55

20. Jayray78 (Posts: 13; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)

I thought this was going to be an article about which widgets were best for the 4.2 lockscreens....not about locksrceen replacement apps.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 11:58

22. harteg (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

Try Notes Widget HD if you want Yellow note pads on your Lockscreen !!!!
(if you got android 4.2 of course, hah)

posted on 14 Jul 2016, 02:59

23. AliceMamadou (banned) (Posts: 49; Member since: 29 Mar 2016)

Here is another way to unlock pattern lock for Samsung Galaxy phones, and no data loss


Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories