Best lock screen widget apps for Android

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.

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23 Comments

1. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

this is the beauty of android. customization FTW!

4. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 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 !!!!

5. Mightymack

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

exactly lol

17. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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...

18. Aeires unregistered

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

2. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Nice!!!

3. iameer

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 17, 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....

6. bachelorrn0121

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

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

8. Rocksteady unregistered

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

9. megabok

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 03, 2012

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

10. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

11. megabok

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 03, 2012

most likely. simple things for the simple minded..

13. Xquisite

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 23, 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.

15. Owlet

Posts: 450; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

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

21. pulkit.tyagi

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

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

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.

12. blackspot

Posts: 102; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

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

14. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

16. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 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

19. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

will this work on any android?

20. Jayray78

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 01, 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.

22. harteg

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

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

23. AliceMamadou

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

Here is another way to unlock pattern lock for Samsung Galaxy phones, and no data loss youtube.com/watch?v=lw4ueft-t_I

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