20 best Android lock screen apps and lock screen replacement apps

by: Joe HindyJune 1, 2015

The Android lock screen has received many evolutions over the years. There have been various slide-to-unlock methods and OEMs have always put their own spin on things. As it turns out, there are also a lot of lock screen apps in the Play Store that can do even more. If you’re getting tired of the lock screen on your device, check out these Android lock screen apps.

AcDisplay best lock screen replacement appsAcDisplay

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
When we first published this list, our readers requested that we look into AcDisplay. As it turns out, they were right on the money. AcDisplay is a minimally designed lock screen replacement that focuses on helping you deal with your notifications faster. It also has an active display feature similar to the Moto X series of devices to help you interface with your phone even faster. It’s a fun option that’s free to try.
Get it on Google Play

alarm anti theft screen lock best android lock screen appsAlarm Anti Theft Screen Lock

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Alarm Anti Theft Screen Lock is a sort of hybrid between a security app and a lock screen app. When enabled, it puts an alarm on your device. Then those who try and fail to get passed the lock screen will be met with a loud, obnoxious alarm letting everyone around them know that the attempt to unlock the device has failed. It’s a little old school in terms of design which may clash with today’s more modern interfaces but it does help keep nosy people away.
Get it on Google Play

C-Locker best android lock screen appsC-Locker

[Price: Free]
C-Locker’s claim to fame is its unusual unlock styles. You can get the classic slide-to-unlock or the swipe-up-to-unlock methods if you prefer or you can use the bubble unlock which makes you pop bubbles to unlock the screen by “slicing” them with your finger. You can also change the wallpaper and it is totally free to use without any in app purchases. It’s minimal and simple so those looking for something more feature heavy should probably look elsewhere. Otherwise, tap the button to check it out.
Get it on Google Play
C-Locker best android lock screen apps

cover lock screen best android lock screen appsCover Lock Screen (beta)

[Price: Free]
Cover Lock Screen is a contextual lock screen that tries to guess what you’ll need every time you turn on your device. It uses various data like your GPS location to see if you’re at home or at work along with the time of day to guess which apps you’ll need or want when you turn on your device. It’s still a work in progress (hence, beta) but it does have a few fun features like a unique app switching feature, a peek feature that lets you open apps from the lock screen, and smart settings based on your location and time of day. It’s also totally free.
Get it on Google Play

dashclock widget - best android lock screen appsDashclock Widget

[Price: Free]
Okay, so Dashclock Widget isn’t a lock screen replacement but it might as well be one. You can use Dashclock Widget as a widget on your home screen (on supported Android versions) to receive all sorts of data including time, weather, notifications, and a virtual ton of other things from Dashclock Widget extensions provided by other applications. It’s been long touted as a must-have application, especially if you’re on stock Android where the lock screen is a little bare by nature. It’s free so there’s no harm in trying it out.
Get it on Google Play
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DIY Locker best android lock screen appsDIY Locker

[Price: Free]
DIY Locker is a fun option because it allows you to design your own lock screen. You can use your own photos or images as well as those built into the app and you can change things like what goes on there, the colors, and the sizes. You can even design your own pattern or photo unlock which was actually pretty fun. It doesn’t have the diversity that something like GO Locker has but it’s still a solid option with good reviews and it’s free.
Get it on Google Play

dodol locker best android lock screen appsDodol Locker

[Price: Free]
Dodol Locker is another free lock screen replacement app and this one comes as part of a package of other apps in the Dodol collection (not unlike GO Locker). It’s known for its many themes that allow you to customize your lock screen as you see fit. There are plenty of customization options but it still supports the basic stuff like pattern and PIN unlock. It is very simple in terms of pure functionality so this is mostly for people who want to customize how their lock screens look rather than act.
Get it on Google Play
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echo notifications lockscreen best android lock screen appsEcho Notification Lockscreen

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Echo Notification Lockscreen does pretty much what the title says it does. It’s a lock screen that focuses on delivering notifications to your lock screen not unlike Android Lollipop. It boasts a minimal and lightweight experience that shows you notifications, smart alerts, and security settings. It’s free to try and you can unlock the pro version for $1.99 as an in app purchase. It looks nice and aside from a few little things here and there, it’s generally well liked.
Get it on Google Play

go locker best android lock screen appsGO Locker

[Price: Free / $19.99]
GO Locker is by far the most popular lock screen replacement app on this list as it draws nearer and nearer to 100 million downloads. In the free version you get a huge number of themes that can mimic almost any device and plenty of unique ones, shortcuts to apps on the lock screen, and the ability to read messages from your lock screen. The paid version is a priced at $19.99 which is ostensibly ridiculous but if you decide you want it, you’ll get all of the paid themes (which is apparently a $900 value), and first dibs on new themes which you will always for free.
Get it on Google Play

holo locker best android lock screen appsHolo Locker

[Price: Free / $1.99]
Holo Locker is almost exactly what it says it is. It’s a lock screen app that acts and looks almost exactly like the stock Android lock screen. The free version is just the lock screen which is great if you want something super minimal and slick. The paid version gives you some functionality features like launching apps from the lock screen and more. Both versions are buggy for some people but overall it’s a solid offering.
Get it on Google Play
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joy locker best android lock screen appsJoy Locker

[Price: Free]
Joy Locker is truly for those who want something different. It uses the typical slide-to-unlock but it’s hidden inside of little games that you can play in the mean time. There are various little mini games like soccer, shooting a gun, playing with fish, and others. It’s great for people who have kids or just someone who wants to mess around for a few seconds while waiting in line. The games aren’t great but this is a lock screen and it’s also totally free.
Get it on Google Play

locker master best android lock screen appsLocker Master

[Price: Free]
Locker Master is among the more stylish lock screen replacement apps on this list. You can use things such as interactive live wallpapers and themes to put a truly creative spin on your lock screen. You can also do stuff like show animated weather and weather forecast, use iOS 7 style pattern and PIN unlock, display notifications, and it even comes with a built-in flashlight. It does have a bug here and there but it’s also totally free so it’s worth a shot.
Get it on Google Play

loklok best android lock screen appsLokLok Connected Lock Screen

[Price: Free]
LokLok is a fairly nifty and unique lock screen app. It’s essentially a picture-based messenger service that takes place entirely on your lock screen. The way it works is you take a picture and send it to a friend and they can respond with a picture of their own or they can alter yours and send it back. It can be a lot of fun and it can even be useful if you need to get information from someone quickly. It is also still in beta so you can expect there to be the occasional bug here and there.
Get it on Google Play

magiclocker best android lock screen appsMagicLocker

[Price: Free]
MagicLocker is another lock screen replacement option with a lot of themes and a lot of features. You can find new themes by searching in the Google Play Store and there are a few of them that look good. You can also customize various parts of the lock screen and there are some advanced features like blocking the home key so it doesn’t wake up your device. It’s a fairly minimal lock screen with just enough options to make it entertaining and customizable but there are a few issues here and there so beware of those.
Get it on Google Play
magiclocker best android lock screen apps

mixlocker best android lock screen appsMixLocker

[Price: Free]
MixLocker is a free lock screen replacement app and it touts a high level of customization and theming. You can set it to show random wallpapers when you wake up the device and there are a number of unlocking patterns that you can use. It comes with built in shortcuts to the camera, flashlight, music player (of your choice), and other functions including themes. It’s definitely more of a modern lock screen and people who enjoy bold colors and minimal style should enjoy this one quite a bit.
Get it on Google Play
mixlocker best android lock screen apps

Next Lock Screen best android lock screen appsNext Lock Screen

[Price: Free]
Next Lock Screen is Microsoft’s take on the Android lock screen. The quickest way to describe is if Dashclock Widget were, in fact, a lock screen replacement app. It shows you a lot of information on the lock screen and allows you to quickly do things like call people and reply to notifications. You can also quick launch apps and check calendar appointments. It is rather new and that means there are still some kinks to work out. That said, it’s still shaping up to be a solid lock screen option.
Get it on Google Play

picturesque lock screen Android apps weeklyPicturesque

[Price: Free]
Picturesque Lock Screen is another offering out of Microsoft that focuses more on pretty things. It gives you various wallpapers to look at when you turn your screen on that’s found using Bing. It can also show you the weather, latest news, and includes a search bar on the lock screen. The search is Bing so you can choose whether or not you want to use it. There are also some India-specific features including an event calendar and phone and camera controls.
Get it on Google Play
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slidelock locker best android lock screen appsSlideLock Locker

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
SlideLock Locker touts a cleaner replacement experience with a highly efficient way of dealing with notifications. On the lock screen, you slide right to unlock and slide left to access the camera quickly. You can also swipe right on notifications to open that app or swipe left to dismiss them. There is also Pebble Watch support for those who need that and it’ll wake the device up when you receive a notification so you can see it quickly without touching the device. It’s not for everyone but it looks nice and it’s highly functional.
Get it on Google Play
slidelock locker best android lock screen apps

spark lock screen best android lock screen appsSparky Lock Screen

[Price: Free with in app purchases / $2.99]
Sparky Lock Screen is all about the eye candy. It cleverly disguises some pretty basic lock screen set ups around unique wallpapers to make it look like you’re interacting with them. For now it only supports smartphones and it is in the beta stages so you can expect some bugs. The big part of this is the artistic value because some of these lock screens look really cool and offer up something a little bit different than the competition. It isn’t very feature heavy which some will like and others will not but there is a free version that you can try before you buy.
Get it on Google Play

widgetlocker best android lock screen appsWidgetLocker

[Price: $2.99]
Last on our list is WidgetLocker. This app was developed by the same people who brought us Nova Launcher and TeslaLED flashlight. Unfortunately they’ve also not updated this application since December of 2013. It features some of the more popular lock screens from the good old days including HTC’s rather underrated lock-pulling lock screen and the old Gingerbread lock screen. If you miss the old school way of doing things, this is about your best option to get those things back. However, due to it not being updated in a long time, chances are that any bugs you find will be permanent and we don’t know how this will act with Android 5.0 Lollipop. It’s likely this won’t be adorning this list next year but for now it’s still pretty good.
Get it on Google Play
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Wrap up

If we missed any awesome lock screen apps, let us know in the comments!

To see our full list of our best Android apps and games lists, click here!

  • Kenny Woodard

    Been using Slidelock for months now. It’s the cleanest minimalist locker I can find. Not bloated. And best of all, it gives you easily accessible notifications ~ala~ iOS. Plus there is a quick camera shortcut. It gets the job done. Hard to beat.

  • Dhika Ahmad Aulia Wiradinata

    AcDisplay would make a great lockscreen replacement too. It’s simple and useful. Works with music app too.

    • Mitchell Rome Nabors II

      My thoughts exactly

    • John

      I agree. And it’s all the more impressive considering it’s made by one guy.
      I really want to like it, but the unlocking animation is just too darn bright.

    • Victor de la O

      I totally agree.

    • Nugroho Yasser

      agree with you!
      best lock screen so far, simple and elegant

    • Epic Music

      I have it and it’s awesome!!! The only thing I don’t like about it is that it doesn’t support landscape orientation cause I’m on a tablet.

    • Manue

      I like it a lot but not working with music. any idea why? i’m on 4.4

  • abhandar

    Why does no one know about snaplock?

    • Keepie Uppie

      I use SnapLock, I think it’s great. It has nice themes and isn’t intrusive. The best thing about it is when I play anything on Chromecast, SnapLock gives me the play and pause options on the lock screen. I was kind of surprised as I didn’t expect it to do that.

    • toysrme

      I just started using it on my new Note 4. EZ to use, nice backgrounds, intuitive with good options. I think it’ll be sticking around for awhile.

  • Tommy Crosby

    I dropped Widgetlocker due to lack of update and numerous issues well, that was when I dropped it, it might have been fixed now but I’m now happy with AcDisplay’s Lockscreen.

  • Ryan

    I still don’t get how Next Lock Screen is a thing. Microsoft has THEIR OWN phone operating system, why in the world would they develop a lock screen for Android? I get all of their office apps, that’s a pre-existing Microsoft product that is already availible on all of Microsoft’s platforms. Microsoft just developed a Android app for it to make it convinient for Android users to access their office documents. But a product, developed by Microsoft, ONLY for a competing mobile platform? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

    • Jamie Yates

      They make shit phones maybe a decent app

  • Mitchell Rome Nabors II

    AcDisplay should’ve made this list

  • crutchcorn

    I love you Android

  • Pantelis

    Have you tried LockR? This is the most customizable lockscreen in play store.


  • Michael Johnson

    I like the lock screen on the OnePlus One as it has a graphic analyser and music player controls.

  • Rei

    Attentive Legacy is still my best choice.

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  • Joao

    there is anyone (slide to unlock) with pin?

  • Peerpressure

    I love using Cover, as it detects which apps I use the most and changes them based on my use. Also has the music player that works with Plex or Netflix, so I can pause on the lockscreen. However, the GPS on the app stopped working, so instead of switching between home and work and out, it just always displays as Out. So, I’ve had to download another app to change back and forth between vibrate at work, or loud outside, or quiet at home (Llama). I sent an email to the Cover help desk, and received a rote response.

    Ever since Cover was bought by Twitter, they are a lot less responsive. I was one of the first beta testers, and I really appreciated the fact that we would send in suggestions or bugs reports, and an update would come out a few days later with a fix.

    If there is another lockscreen out there with a lot of app shortcuts, music player, and location settings, let me know.

  • Bernie

    Check out staytunedapp.com we just “launched a beta version and would love to get your feedback. Our goal is making your user interface as intuitiv as possible. Based on your context we give you quick access to the right app in just the right scene of your life. staytuned for more :)

  • spknapp

    I love TimePin and I’m disappointed that it didn’t make the list.

  • Daniel Alva

    Acdisplay, check it out

  • TrueWords

    No matter I install as many lockscreens, I come to the stock at the end of the day.

  • Alisha

    JoyLocker looks interesting.

    • StraightEdgeNexus

      Try the new Golocker, its the best!

      • Alisha

        Link to apk?

        • StraightEdgeNexus

          No playstore in your dictatorship? And the best part is that it doesn’t need Golagbloat launcher alongside!

          • Alisha

            FUCK! I thought we were in that YT article.

            However, Playstore hardly downloads or updates app anymore on my phone, I keep getting error message about storage, despite having few GBs free…

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            For tubemate, just Google it and download it from official site tubemate.net

          • Alisha


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  • Dan

    Sparky lock screen is not free…

  • GaryC357

    I use Start myself & have really pleased with it.

  • justinwzig

    You forgot Start!

  • No ZUI locker?!?

  • Javier Sosa

    I tink you leaved one of the best lockscreen in the market. Start is one of the best lockscreen. Here is the link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.celltick.lockscreen Hope everyone can enjoy it!

  • Tony Osime

    Why don’t lock screens allow you to place a message for someone who finds your phone? Something like “This phone belongs to xxx if found please call yyyy. You will get a reward for recovery”. I am yet to find a lock screen that allows this. The stock Android lock screen does not keep the message on long enough to read it properly.

    • Steve

      stock Android lock screen lets you do this. look for lock screen general settings and you’ll see Clock or Personal Message (that’s what mine says and depends on your phone/version

    • Wendy L

      You could always make a wallpaper with that info.

  • Angkor

    Rocket Locker, they also have beautiful lock screen themes

  • Chris Ali

    As my tablet’s power button is hard to reach, I lock my android using this tiny app called Go-Sleep [https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gmailraidenbits.gosleep_iab ]. I’m using the free version, but how can I hack it to unlock the WIDGET ?? Thx

  • shirit

    Start! Start! Start! you have to try it out….https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.celltick.lockscreen

  • Charlie Carr

    I tried a few of these out, and AcDisplay was by far my favourite, it’s replaced SnapLock almost immediately.


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  • Moon-Sang Lee

    how about this one that is a customizable lock screen.

  • Jeansen

    are there any good lockscreens for tablets? Since mine has a 10.1″ display, I rarely use it in portrait mode but in landscape mode.

  • nice apps android and good artricle in here..i like that..

    Downloaded APK Premium

  • Mobaba Ad Network

    Another recommendation would be Next News Lock Screen (Google Play only). It’s clean, fast, with a low memory footprint. It shows trending stories based on your interests. Disclaimer: we’re the team that released it :) GP Download Link: https://goo.gl/Ljdaa4 Give it a try and please give us feedback.

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  • RC

    Any lock screen app that only locks the screen as apposed to not turning it off or putting it in to sleep? IE run u tube then just block screen / button presses so you tube does not get disrupted.?

  • naatia01

    are there any that support fingerprint scanners?

  • Yukino Takada

    mixlockscreen deleted ?

    cant find it in play store

  • Boyd

    Is there a list with best unlock screens with fingerprint support?