15 best Android lock screen apps and lock screen replacement apps

by: Joe HindyJune 9, 2016

best lock screen apps for android
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. 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]
AcDisplay is pretty much the undisputed champion of lock screen apps for right now. It features a minimal design with a darkened background and it shows you notifications on the lock screen. It comes with an Active Mode that tries to predict when you’re picking up your phone to look at it, a blacklist to keep apps from sending notifications to the lock screen, dynamic background settings, low-priority notification settings, and more. It’s solid, it’s stable and it’s worth a try.

Get it now 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 and it’s not as useful as something like the Android Device Manager. However, it will get the job done and it’s free to download.

Get it now on Google Play!

DashClock Widget best lock screen apps for androidDashclock 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. Do note that home screen widgets are slowly being phased out, so this may not work perfectly on the latest versions of Android

Get it now on Google Play!

DashClock Widget best lock screen apps for android

echo best lock screen apps for androidEcho Notification Lockscreen

[Price: Free / $4.49]
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. You can also group notifications into categories like social, work, etc and there are some customization options as well. It’s free to try and you can unlock the pro version 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 now on Google Play!

go locker best android lock screen appsGO Locker

[Price: Free / $14.99]
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 $14.99 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 get for free.

Get it now on Google Play!

hi locker best lock screen apps for androidHi Locker

[Price: Free]
Hi Locker is another one of those simple lock screen apps that looks really nice. It will show you the basics, such as weather, notifications, and calendar events. You can also have it set to greet you with funny quips and greetings. It features random wallpapers from Flickr, fingerprint support (on supported devices), the ability to hide notifications you don’t want others to see, and various other customization options. A few bugs have been reported here and there, but overall the reception has been positive.

Get it now 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 from the Jelly Bean and Kit Kat era of Android. 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 lock screen apps have a history of bugs depending on your device, but it’s a solid overall option for most.

Get it now on Google Play!

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locker master best lock screen apps for androidLocker Master

[Price: Free]
Locker Master is among the more stylish lock screen 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. There is also a DIY editor where you can sculpt your own lock screen with a variety of options available. It does have a bug here and there but it’s also totally free so it’s worth a shot.

Get it now on Google Play!

loklok best lock screen apps for androidLokLok Connected Lock Screen

[Price: Free / $1.49]
LokLok is one of the more unique lock screen apps. 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 was in beta for a long time, but it’s now a full-fledged release. It’s free to download as well.

Get it now on Google Play!

next lock screen best lock screen apps for androidNext 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 supports fingerprint scanner unlock (on supported devices), weather, a music player, and customizable wallpapers. It’s completely free and it’s worth a shot.

Get it now on Google Play!

picturesque lock screen Android apps weeklyPicturesque

[Price: Free]
Picturesque is the second of two Microsoft lock screen apps on this list. This one’s claim to fame is its ever revolving lock screen wallpaper which is sourced from Bing not unlike Windows 10 computers. You can also get news, weather, a search bar, various tools like camera and flashlight access, and it’s compatible with Bing Rewards. There are also some India-specific features, like sports scores, holiday event reminders, and more. It’s free and it seems to work pretty well.

Get it now on Google Play!

screen lock guardian best lock screen apps for androidScreen Lock Guardian

[Price: Free]
Screen Lock Guardian focuses more on security than most lock screen apps. The way that it works is that you set it up with a lock code of some sort and anyone who tries to get in (and fails) will have their picture taken by your front facing camera. It also shows you the weather, allows you to quick launch up to five favorite apps, and it will log unsuccessful attempts at unlocking your phone. It’s not a bad way to go if you’d like a little extra privacy or you expect someone to go snooping around. It’s also completely free.

Get it now on Google Play!

screen lock guardian best lock screen apps for android

solo locker best lock screen apps for androidSolo Locker

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Once upon a time, Solo Locker was called DIY Locker. Despite the name change, the premise of the app remains mostly intact and it’s still one of the better lock screen apps. The idea is that you’ll be given access to a bunch of customization elements and you can use them to create your own lock screen design. It comes with various passcodes, wallpapers, and widgets to help you attain it and while you won’t be able to craft the most exquisite thing you can imagine, it’s good if you want something basic, but still customizable.

Get it now on Google Play!

start lock screen best lock screen apps for androidStart Lock Screen

[Price: Free]
Start Lock Screen tries to make it so that you don’t actually have to unlock your phone. It does this by giving you access to various widgets, apps, web searches, and camera without having to go to your home screens to do it. It does have a password lock if you need one and there are plenty of fun things to do like quizzes, a news feed, weather, app shortcuts, and a notification manager. It’s free to download and use and a lot of people seem to really like it.

Get it now on Google Play!

wow best lock screen apps for androidWoW Lock Screen apps

[Price: Free]
Wow Lock Screen is a developer that develops, you guessed it, lock screen apps. None of the lock screens are very complex and they are themed after various devices. There is a Galaxy themed one, a Nexus themed one, and an LG themed one. There is also a plain one. These are simple lock screens that provide some basic security and looks, but they are also all free with no in-app purchases and they’re good if you want something very simple.

Get it now on Google Play!

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If we missed any of the best lock screen apps and lock screen replacement apps for Android, tell us about them in the comments! This is an update of a formerly written article, so check the comments for some suggestions from our readers! To see our complete list of best app 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?

    • Paco Inurreta

      Hi Locker, I use PIN but it has a 4 app shortcut and you have to slide up to unlock. If you are connected to a trusted network it doesnt asks for 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…

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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?

  • Jorge Alan Gonzalez Barrón

    What about C lock, it’s highly customizable, although a bit tricky at first, and got regular updates

    • Jorge Alan Gonzalez Barrón

      sorry, the name is C Locker

  • Errick Kitchin

    What about CM locker?

  • Eli Austin

    Really? Zui locker and CM locker didn’t make the list?

  • Perfect timing for a post, since I’ve been looking for a new lockscreen replacement. The stock Samsung one for the note 4 is just hideous. I just moved from Zui to Echo because Zui always had these weird hiccups and force closes. Echo is great so far, but it feels like my battery has been going down faster after the switch. Might have to try another one

    • Paco Inurreta

      I’ve been using Hi Locker for quite some time now. I even helped the dev translate into spanish. Give it a try! :P

  • dontpanicbobby

    I still use Widget Locker

  • Joe Weng Liew

    I can enter safe mode & uninstalled it.

  • Emmet

    Am I the only one where when I get a notification, I either swipe it away or I interact with it, either by texting someone, or looking at a facebook post? I feel like these lock screens cater to people who never look at their phone when they get a notification. Maybe, it’s because I use Android Wear so I can see my notifications without having to unlock my phone.

  • Comediante

    If your device doesnt have a fingerprint sensor – All apps above will brake your smartlock location unlock.

    • dvdlgh

      Fingerprint passcode are not protected by law whereas traditional passwords are protected by the Fifth Amendment. Just something people need to know.

      • Tyrone North

        You have to set up a backup pass code along with your finger

  • dvdlgh

    Check out Lockwatch.

  • Peter Jak

    ES File Explorer fast charge. Great lockscreen app for everyone who likes ads!
    Ahhh wait… Too bad they removed that function.

  • Sam

    I found Lock Screen Wallpaper (com.thambu.lockscreenwallpaper.free) which works great on my device, to update lock screen’s wallpaper.

  • spookymyo

    You missed Zui Locker. It’s great. And it’s higher rated than any of these mentioned here at 4.7 with over 300,000 votes.

  • I can’t uninstall AcDisplay from my Galaxy S7. When I go into Device Managers and uncheck AcDisplay the settings app crashes. Also in safe mode. Anyone have a fix for this and knows how to remove the app? It’s now hijacked my phone…