The Android lock screen has evolved many times 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. They’re not as popular as they used to be. However, many people still enjoy the allure of a new lock screen. Here are the best lock screen apps for Android!


AcDisplay

Price: Free / $1-$80
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AcDisplay is one of the most popular lock screen apps. It emulates the always-on lock screens of devices like the Moto X, Galaxy S8, and others. Users can play with notifications without unlocking their display. It also features some customizations. For instance, you can set it to work only during certain hours to save battery life. More and more devices are coming stock with something similar. Thus, we'd only recommend AcDisplay to those with older devices that don't already have this feature. Its last update was in 2015. We're not sure if the developer is doing much with it anymore. At the very least, it's free to download and play with.
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Alarm Anti-Theft Screen Lock

Price: Free
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Alarm Anti-Theft Screen Lock is an older app. However, its features are still very relevant today. It focuses more on security than anything else. Instead of being ridiculously secure, the app is ridiculously annoying. Someone putting in the wrong passcode will make your phone sound off very loud alarms. It'll also vibrate, blink the screen, and cause a general ruckus. In other words, you will know if someone is getting into your phone. It's one of the few free lock screen apps. Just don't mess up your passcode. Seriously.
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DashClock Widget

Price: Free
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DashClock Widget isn't technically a lock screen app. It's actually a lock screen widget. However, it still works for a list like this. It delivers the basic stats like time, weather, and some notifications. There are extensions available that increase the number of things you can do. It's actually more effective than most lock screen apps. However, it's only available on devices running Android 4.2-4.4. The number of people with devices running that gets smaller every year. It's still perfectly usable as a home screen widget, though!
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DashClock Widget

Echo Notification Lockscreen

Price: Free / Up to $4.49
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Echo Notification is one of those lock screen apps that focuses on notifications. It'll pop them up on your lock screen as you receive them. It's not too different from what we have now in the stock lock screens. However, it's still a fresh take on the idea. The app itself is minimal and easy to use. You can also group notifications into categories like social, work, etc. It also has additional customization features. It's free to try and you can unlock the pro version as an in-app purchase.
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GO Locker

Price: Free / $14.99
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GO Locker is among the most popular lock screen apps. It has more than 50 million downloads with a decent Play Store rating. Both the free and paid versions come with the basic features. You can set a lock screen pattern and things like that. The free version comes with some themes. You have the option to buy more. Those that go with the $14.99 pro version will have access to every theme in perpetuity. It's not the most unique lockscreen replacement app. It's really good for theming, though.
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Hi Locker

Price: Free / $1.99
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Hi Locker is a fairly typical lock screen replacement app. It'll show you the basics such as weather, notifications, calendar events, etc. You can also have it greet you with funny quips and greetings. It even has fingerprint support on devices with fingerprint readers. You can also have it auto-set wallpapers from Flickr. There are some customization options as well. For instance, you can have it hide notifications from certain apps so people can't see it. It's not even close to the most complicated lock screen apps, but it's a great replacement for those who don't need a ton of features.
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Locker Master - DIY Lock Screen

Price: Free
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Locker Master is one of a few DIY lock screen apps. It features things like interactive wallpapers and themes to the experience really shine. You can also do stuff like show animated weather, weather forecasts, show notifications, and access the flashlight. It features a variety of unlock methods, including an iOS style pattern and PIN unlock. These are all elements you can use to sculpt your own lock screen using their DIY editor. It does have a bug here and there. However, it's also free so it's hard to complain too much.
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LokLok

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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LokLok is different from most lock screen apps. It's almost kind of a mash-up of a lock screen and Snapchat. Turning on the device will open your camera. You can take a picture, draw on that picture, and then send it to your friends or loved ones. They'll see the image when they unlock their phone next and can respond accordingly. It's not great for sending risque pictures, but it's excellent for reminding someone to grab milk on their way home from work. The app is free to use. There are in-app purchases for things like sticker packs.
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Next Lock Screen

Price: Free
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Next Lock Screen is Microsoft's foray into the lock screen apps space. It bills itself as a lock screen for professionals. It features the usual fair like notifications, custom unlock methods, calendar appointments, and weather. You can also do things like call contacts, launch apps, access tools (flashlight, camera), and even change the wallpaper. It's essentially a whole home screen on your lock screen. It's not the most secure lock screen out there. However, it's really good for people who have lots of stuff to do.
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Next Lock Screen

Picturesque Lock Screen

Price: Free
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Microsoft actually released two lock screen apps. This one is called Picturesque. This one boasts an ever-revolving lock screen wallpaper. It grabs backgrounds from Bing similar to Windows 10 lock screens. There are some other features as well. They include a search bar, various tools like camera and flashlight, and it's compatible with Bing Rewards. Many of its features cater specifically to Indian audiences. However, those not in India can just turn those features off.
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Screen Lock Guardian

Price: Free
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Screen Lock Guardian focuses more on security than most lock screen apps. It works with you setting a code. Those that break the code will have their picture taken. You can review the photos later in a gallery. It'll also log every unsuccessful attempt so you can see what time it happened. The app also shows you the weather, has a quick launch bar with up to five apps, and more. It isn't the most customizable lock screen. It will definitely show you who's been trying to peep at your info.
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Screen Lock Guardian

Smart Lock Screen apps

Price: Free
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Smart Lock Screen is the name of a developer on Google Play. As you may have guessed, the developer makes lock screen apps. They're actually fairly simple. They consist of a PIN lock with a variety of themes behind them. The animations are nice, but otherwise it's just a simple lock screen. The developer has ten different variants of the lock screen available. That includes a photo lock screen that uses photographs instead of numbers. They're also all free.
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Smart Lock Screen apps

Solo Locker - DIY Locker

Price: Free / Up to $5.00
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Solo Locker is one of the better DIY lock screen apps. You get access to a bunch of customization features and lock screen elements. You can then construct your lock screen how you want. It comes with various lock methods, wallpapers, and even widgets. You can use these to make your lock screen. You won't find a ridiculous amount of depth here, but there are enough options to make it fun. The base app is free and you buy additional stuff with in-app purchases.
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Start Lock Screen

Price: Free
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Start Lock Screen is kind of like Microsoft's Next Lock Screen. Its goal is to put a lot of stuff on your lock screen. The ultimate goal is to operate most of the time without having to unlock your phone. It comes with stuff like web searches, various password locks, widgets, tools, news, weather, app shortcuts, and more. It even has little quizzes you can take to pass the time. You won't get tons of security for this one. The app is free with no in-app purchases. It does contain ads.
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ZUI Locker

Price: Free / $1.99
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ZUI Locker is one of the most popular lock screen apps right now. It features Material Design and people really like that. The app also has some customization features, small security settings, and even some utility options. It can even take a selfie of intruders that guess your password wrong. The app is free to download with a single $1.99 in-app purchase to unlock the pro version. It boasts a 4.7 rating on Google Play. It's not 4.7 good, but it's still good enough for this list!
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