The lockscreen on your Android smartphone is not just a lock screen. It is a part of your device ecosystem. There are many options on it that let you make use of the features of your phone straightaway.
If you are not satisfied with the defaultlockscreen on your device, you can check out the app stores for a variety of lockscreen apps. Here is an attempt at analyzing the best lockscreen replacement apps. The apps featured in this list here will add more functionality to your device apart from giving a personal touch to your Android device.
#1. CM Locker
CM Locker is NOT a part of the Cyanogen Mod or Cyanogen OS. The Slide To Unlock option looks similar to iOS.
The CM Locker can be used with PIN or Pattern locking feature. And then – there is a great feature that sets it apart from the competitors. It restricts the unauthorised access to your phone. It will take a photograph of the person trying to access your phone information. This feature is labelled as Intruder Selfie. The lock screen is quite versatile. You can use it to check out the recent notifications, weather forecast or control on your music playback.
CM Locker comes with a huge list user friendly shortcuts. It has a battery saver that saves up to 30 percent of your battery juice and a phone booster.
You can get it from https://cm-locker.en.softonic.com/android
#2. Next Lock Screen
Next Lock Screen is an attempt by Microsoft at trying out to complement the Android ecosystem. Yes, it is a Microsoft offering and has been developed as part of Microsoft’s strategy of going cross OS and cross platform.
The design is quite simple and beautiful. The lock screen app can calculate and analyse the apps you are likely to use based on your location ( whether you are at home, work or travelling) and then presents the much needed apps in an elegant style. However, you can disable this feature if you are not happy with it. But yes, it provides you witha neat presentation of notifications, messages, and other key features of your phone functionality.
The lock screen app lets you call your contacts or reply to messages right from your lock screen. The app is free. It does support fingerprint sensor on supported devices.
You ca get the app from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.next
#3. Hi Locker
Hi Locker is Cyanogen Mod like lock screen app. It a simple, yet performance oriented lock screen apps available on Android.
It offers you three different styles of using lock screen – Classic, Default Android and iOS. Just like Cyanogen Mod OS and custom ROM, the Hi Locker offers you a high degree of customisation. You can customise it to show customised greetings, fonts and many more optimisations.
The Hi Locker offers you basic information like weather, notification, and other events. The lock screen app features random, automatic wallpapers and options to hide notifications from being visible to others. The Hi Locker also supports fingerprint scanner unlocking on supported devices.
Overall, if you want a basic and straightforwardlock screen that does not eat up much of your resources, Hi Locker is an excellent choice. You can get it from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.appplus.hilocker&hl=en
If theminimal design is what you want, then you need not go any further than AcDisplay. It comes with a lot of new age features.
The lock screen app comes with quite smaller icons. The AcDisplay also makes use of your device sensors to identify whether your phone is in your pocket or your hands. It switches your phone on, or off accordingly.
The AcDisplay has an Active mode detects when you pick the phone up, and also a blacklist app that can be used to specify the apps that you would not wish to send notifications to the lock screen. It has a dark interface which would make it a battery saver in its own right. The lock screen app comes with robust background settings and custom settings for notifications. You can set the low priority notifications not to be shown on your lock screen.
AcDisplay is a good lock screen app. It is one of the completely reliable app that promises a stable performance. It is indeed a great app to try.
To get more information on AcDisplay, visit https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.achep.acdisplay&hl=en
#5. Alarm Anti Theft Screen Lock
As the name itself should indicate, Alarm Anti Theft Screen Lock is a combination of a security app and a lockscreen app. Once you configure it and leave your phone unattended, an unauthorised wrong attempt to unlock it will bring up a huge alarm that leaves the trespassers shocked.
Actually speaking, the app works more efficiently as a security app rather than as a lock screen app.Though the app is available for free on Play Store, you will need to pay a little extra cost in the form of in-app purchases. The app interface is a bit old school and as such may not appeal to those of us who want our lock screens to be more contemporary and stylish. Even then, it can be a good option if you want to have a secure lock screen app which serves a dual purpose.
You can download Alarm Anti Theft Screen Lock from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mmapps.mobile.anti.theft.alarm&hl=en
The concluding thoughts
That would conclude our list of top picks for the best lock screen apps for your Android device. We have made an attempt at listing out a wide variety of apps across different categories of lock screen apps. We would not claim that the list is exhaustive. This can be a representative list of the best apps across slightly differing functionality. Do you think we have missed any of the apps that are worthy of being on this list? Share your opinions with us so that we can update our details. Have you used any of the apps featured on the list? If yes, we would love to have your opinions about them.