Lock screen apps have been around for as long as I can tell, and they have evolved a lot. The modern-day lock screen app can actually replicate the stock lock screen on your Android phone, giving you the chance to get even more customization than you would want in the initial phases.
One of the biggest reasons why many people prefer Android is because it provides you the freedom of choosing a device. You are not limited to just one type of device throughout the entire year with the only difference of storage space. As a matter of fact, you have countless options you could go for.
However, that is just one reason; another big reason is the fact that there is a certain freedom that users get when they use an Android device. Don’t like the icons on the home screen? Change it. Don’t like the colors on menus? Go ahead and change them. Similarly, if you don’t like how your lock screen is, you can even change that.
The point I am trying to prove here is that the level of customization that you get in Android is never available on any other operating system. Today’s topic is about the best lock screen apps for Android.
15 Best Lock Screen Apps Android 2018
I am going to review some of the best lock screen apps for Android, and will even discuss their pros and cons so the users have an easier time deciding whether or not they want to go for that app.
I am not going to say that the concept of an ambient lock screen app is not cool. Sure, it might not provide you with the proper level of customization, but if you prefer minimalism, then that is the way to go. AcDisplay is the perfect app if you want to replicate the way ambient lock screen of the original Moto X worked, or how the Always on Display of S8 and Note 8 worked.
This is for people who do not prefer unlocking their phone every time there is a notification; AcDisplay provides you all the necessary information on the phone while the rest of the screen remains in a blackout. The level of customization is not that deep, but you can set the time that you want the app to start working.
AcDisplay is a great example of how good lock screens can get, there is nothing fancy about it, but it works perfectly. It is also stable, and will not take your battery life. The app is free to download with options of in-app purchases.
- Simplistic at best.
- Provides heads-up notifications.
- Provides full control of your notifications.
- Not many customization options.
Echo Notification Lock Screen
If you are looking for a cool lock screen app that focuses as much on your notification as you would prefer, then this one is for you. Echo Notification Lock Screen has been a personal favorite for some time. Though I had to drop this for the lock screen on my Galaxy S8+ that was mainly because of the Iris scanner.
Echo lock screen has a ton of features that you can use, and it provides you a deep level of customization. Enough to give you the ability to change the lock screen and truly make it yours.
Lock screen apps used to drain a lot of battery back in the days, but the good thing is that it does not happen anymore. Echo Notification does not have a substantial impact on your battery life, and it plays safe with the battery as well.
- Countless customization options.
- Easy on the battery life.
- Can handle notifications really well.
- Comes with a free version for the masses to try out.
- Might be a bit overwhelming for first-timers.
I don’t think I know a screen lock app as old as the Go Locker; it has been around for as long as I can remember. I remember using it on my HTC Desire; the first Android smartphone I had bought. With that said, Go Locker also happens to be the most popular lock screen apps you can find.
The app has about 50 million downloads with decent ratings on the Play Store. The app is available as a free version and paid version that costs $14.99, making it one of the most expensive apps on the Play Store.
The good thing is that the level of customization expands throughout the app, and the lock screen. There are some pretty amazing themes that also happen to be interactive. This only means that users can truly customize their lock screen that you want. The only downside is that it can take a hit on the battery life, especially on older phones.
- Deep customization options.
- Plenty of themes to choose from.
- You can customize the themes you download.
- Battery life on the older phones can take a hit.
- The paid version is ridiculously expensive for some.
The next up is Hi Locker, quite possibly, my favourite lock screen app that is available on the Android at the moment. I have several reasons to love this app; it is lightweight, the pro version is not unnecessarily expensive, and there is a fair bit of control provided to the user.
Plus, it also lets me use the fingerprint scanner, and for someone who does not use iris scanner that often, it is a huge plus. Overall, the main reason why I prefer Hi Locker over some of the other options in the list, it is because it does not try to sell you features that are gimmicky.
Without a doubt, Hi Locker is one of the best android lock screen apps, and I am surely going to use it on my future phones as well. It is just so convenient.
- The app is the perfect blend of simplicity and customization.
- Does not take a toll on the battery life.
- Pretty decent amount of features.
- Does not have the support for other biometric options apart from the fingerprint sensor.
Locker Master – DIY Lock Screen
I am not going to lie, the concept of DIY is something I love a lot. The ability to have full control over how you want your device to work is amazing, to say the least. Locker Master takes that concept, and makes it even more accessible, allowing you to have a total control over everything.
The reason why this app is on the list is that it is free with no ads whatsoever. In addition to that, you also get additional benefits such as interactive wallpapers, themes, and some other amenities like interactive weather that will make the experience much better and smoother.
You also get weather forecasts, proper notifications, and shortcuts for features like the flashlight. The app also supports a variety of different unlock methods including the pattern, as well as the famous iPhone “slide to unlock”. Locker Master is not perfect because of some minor bugs here and there.
However, the overall experience of the app is pretty neat, and it runs without any issue.
- Small, simple and effective.
- A plethora of customization options.
- Light on the resources.
- Few minor bugs here and there.
Perhaps the most different approach on a lock screen so far is LokLok. It is not your traditional lock screen by any means. Instead, it acts as a hybrid between your standard lock screen app, and Snapchat. Weird combination, I know, but for some people, it is really interesting.
Unlocking the phone opens the camera, and then you can take pictures, draw on them and send them to the people in your circle. I would not trust this app as far as taking risque pictures are concerned, but it is a handy little app that can act up as a cool reminding app.
However, I should mention that apart from having the basic functionality, the app does not offer you a lot of other advantages. For some, this is not going to be a problem, but for people who want proper customization, it is best if they look somewhere else.
- Interesting concept that works well in most cases.
- Lightweight, simple, and easy to use.
- Free of cost, with in-app purchases.
- Does not offer much customization.
Next Lock Screen
Not many people are aware of the fact that Next Lock Screen is made by Microsoft. According to Microsoft, the lock screen is built for people who are into professional lives. I did not really understand the reason behind the statement, but I will overlook that. The reason being simple, the app is really refined.
During my time with the app, I loved how simple it was, and had all the necessary features I need. All my reminders were in place, the date and calendar, as well as the weather forecast. All of it worked perfectly fine in tandem with each other.
The one thing I did not like was the oversimplification of the lock screen; the lack of customization options was a bit off-putting. However, if you are a professional, or someone who is not concerned with the customization, the Next Lock Screen is a great option. It does not even put a lot of stress on the phone’s battery life.
- The app does not take up much of the resources.
- Runs on all devices.
- Pretty simplistic and minimal.
- Does not allow for a lot of customization.
Picturesque Lock Screen
When Microsoft realised that the Next Lock Screen is not something everyone would want, they came up with Picturesque Lock Screen. A unique take on the lock screen apps that is far more interesting than the. The reason why it is called Picturesque is that the lock screen is evolving all the time.
You get new backgrounds every now and then from Bing, it works the same way as the lock screen on Windows 10 works. Those are not the only features, you also get a search bar, camera, flashlight, and some other tools.
Now what is interesting here is that most of the features of this app are catering to the Indian audience, but the features can be turned off if you wish to. All in all, the Picturesque Lock Screen is a fresh take on the lock screen, and an amazing app for people who are always indecisive about the backgrounds they want.
- Optimized to run on all devices.
- Decent amount of customization.
- Free of cost.
- New wallpapers all the time.
- Despite some amount of customization available, the options are not that many.
Screen Lock Guardian
The next lock screen on the list is something that has been around for some time, but has never been done with this goodness. The Screen Lock Guardian is for people who usually get their phones grabbed by people they don’t want them to. For instance, your kids, siblings, friends, or colleagues.
The app largely focuses on security rather than anything else, but at the same time, it has all the basic functionalities of a lock screen app. The unique factor here is that if someone tries to open your device, gets the password or the pattern wrong, then the apps take their picture. In addition to that, it also logs the time, so you get to know what time your phone was accessed.
This feature has been around for some time now, but the good thing is that it has been refined to work really well. The lock screen app is free to download, and my only issue with the otherwise good lock screen is that it does not really provide you with the level of customization you would want.
- Offers strong security for your device.
- Some nicely implemented features that work too.
- Free of cost.
- Does not provide many options outside the realms of security.
ZUI Locker is another one of my favourite lock screen apps and one of the apps that I have used for years. The reason behind that is simple, the app provides a very good amount of customization that allowed me to use countless themes, and use wallpapers without any limitations.
It is not the most feature packed app when it comes to security, but it does support fingerprint unlock. However, you won’t find the option in the app itself. There are themes available that you can choose from, allowing you to customize the app however you want.
It is pretty light on the resources, and during my retesting, I did not find any bugs that take a toll on the battery life. I only wish that the app officially had support for fingerprint scanners officially. But if your phone does not have a fingerprint scanner, and you are looking for a good replacement, ZUI Locker is good for you.
- OFfers a decent level of customization.
- You can choose between different lock screen themes, unlock methods, and wallpapers.
- Does not tax older hardware.
- Although fingerprint scanner works, it is not officially supported and can run into some inconsistencies.
I am pretty sure I have reviewed only the best lock screens available on the Play Store, but I still have some options left. The next up is CM Locker; not to be confused with CyanogenMod as the app does not have anything to do with the famous ROM.
As far as I have used the app, I can only say that CM Locker tries its best to be the jack of all trades, and in many cases, it works too. However, there are some features that just feel unnecessary. I believe the battery saving option is useless as there are chances that it might override your phone’s settings. That is not a good sign.
Other than that, the CM Locker has a fairly decent amount of features available to it. Sure, it might not be the best lock screen out in the open but for everything it does, it is pretty good, to begin with.
- Gives you a decent level of customization.
- Does not take a toll on the resources.
- Variety of useful features.
- The ads can be annoying.
- There are some features that don’t really make a lot of sense.
Semper is another unique lock screen that I found while looking for the best lock screen apps available. It does not provide you much security or customization. However, in order to improve your vocabulary and overall knowledge, there are some pretty amazing features.
In order to unlock your phone, you will have to answer a trivia, and once you do that, you will be granted access. I was a bit skeptical at first because I thought that for people who don’t know the answers, it could be a bothersome experience, but the good thing is that the app lets you skip the question and head straight to unlock.
The app is great for people who want to learn and be productive and manages to provide a decent amount of security too. Sure, it might not be the most secure lock screen app out on the PlayStore but is a unique one.
- Offers a unique and fun way to unlock your phone.
- You can enhance your vocabulary.
- Can skip questions if you don’t want to answer them.
- Does not provide you a lot of security options.
C Locker Pro
Another one of my favourite lock screen apps on the Play Store is C Locker Pro; while the time spent with this app was short, it was not bad by any means. C Locker Pro combines the feature from some of the best features from a number of different lock screen apps.
There is a fairly decent amount of customization available as well, if you want to go that route. You even get the tap to unlock feature, something that is mostly found in high end phones only.
While C Locker Pro is not the sharpest tool in the box, it is still good enough, and will help you unlock your phone without any issues whatsoever. C Locker Pro will work on almost all the devices there are in the market, and you should not have any problems either.
After carefully testing a slew of cool lock screen apps, it is safe to say that I have had a good time. But it was also equally difficult, testing the apps was a taxing thing to do. Especially because I had to uninstall and reinstall the lock screen apps after every single test was done.
Still, it is a part of the job. I must bring the honest reviews to the readers, so when it comes to them making a choice and finding the best possible lock screen app, or any app for that matters, they have the right material to help them out.
The lock screen apps I have reviewed are available for free, at least most of them, but at the same time, some of them are also paid. You can test them out according to your liking and then see if they are worth your time or not.
With that in mind, if you feel like I missed out a good lock screen app, feel free to comment down below, and I will thoroughly check the lock screen app, and see if it is good enough to be added into the list.