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Latest Android N Dev Preview lets you set different wallpapers for lockscreen and homescreen [diving into Android N]

Android N's version of the Google Now launcher has a new trick: the ability to give different wallpapers to your homescreen and lockscreen.

Published onApril 14, 2016


The biggest differences between the first and second developer previews of Android N mostly come down to bugs, API changes, and other under-the-hood refinements. Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any minor changes just waiting to be discovered.

Note: Be sure to check out our Diving Into Android N series for more coverage!

Yesterday we talked about the changes to folders and the much welcome addition of a clear all button to the recent app menu. Today we talk about another small but appreciated change: the ability to give different wallpapers to your homescreen and lockscreen. For those coming from custom ROMs, and even some OEM skins, this is certainly nothing new but it is a first for stock Android.

From now on, whenever you go in to apply a wallpaper it asks you if you want to place it on the homescreen, lockscreen, or in both areas.

Keep in mind that this isn’t really special Android N feature though. Instead, it’s merely a tweak to the latest version of the Google Launcher and so while we are exploring it in this “Diving into Android N” piece, this functionality will likely be coming to the actually Google app in the not too distant future – regardless of what version of Android you’re rocking.

What do you think of this change? Something you’ve been waiting for or not exactly that important to you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.