Best lock screen replacement apps


While sometimes it’s not always an ideal time to get a new phone, like if you haven’t found a new one you like yet or you’re wanting to be more frugal and hang on to the one you have for now, sometimes a change is in order, and an easy way to do that is to simply download a new lockscreen app. The awesome part of that is that most of them are free, and there’s a ton of them out there so there’s no shortage of variety. If you’re looking for something elegant and professional, we’ve included that in the list, but if you’re looking for something simple and straightforward, or fun and extremely customizable, we’ve included several of those in our list as well. So without further ado, here’s the best lockscreen replacement apps for Android.

ZUI Locker


Sleek and elegant, the ZUI Locker app is a fantastic way to streamline your lock screen. The UI is extremely professional looking, and the background changes every day. ZUI Locker is also very customizable, so if you don’t like the default look, you have different layouts to choose from, and you can take advantage of the “gravity” feature, which will make your wallpaper slide in sync with the phone itself.

And while the aesthetics are certainly a plus, this app also has a safety feature! If you’ve lost your phone and someone has somehow gotten ahold of it, ZUI Locker will take a picture of anyone who enters the wrong password and then email a copy to your email, which can definitely be a handy feature if you’re prone to misplacing your phone every now and then.

Download it now: Google Play

Next Lock


Next Lock is pretty cool because you can do so much without even having to unlock your phone. Things like access to your Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Camera, and more, along with the ability to call or text…yes, all without unlocking your phone. If you have a complicated password or you’re just in a rush, it’s a fantastic feature to be able to just send off a quick text or dial a call on your way out the door without having to unlock anything.

Another awesome feature with Next Lock is the different widgets you can add straight to your lock screen. While you can utilize the lock and protect any private info, as mentioned before, you can add different things to the lock screen itself for ease of access. For example, there’s also a weather widget to display from the lock screen.

Download it now: Google Play

GO Locker


GO Locker is extremely secure, allowing you to completely disable the home button from even waking up your phone. When it comes to securing your device, it doesn’t get much better than GO Locker, so we highly recommend checking this app out if that’s what you’re looking for in a lockscreen replacement app.

On the other hand, securing your device isn’t all that GO Locker is good for. This app also has a ton of different, amazing themes and styles for you to look at and choose from. Beyond that, there’s customizable shortcuts, the ability to read messages straight from your lock screen, and more.

Download it now: Google Play

Passcode Lock Screen


Passcode Lock Screen will give you exactly that: a passcode lock screen. While it’s a simpler lock screen replacement app, it’s perfect if you’re just looking to change things up a bit. Like your typical lock screen, Passcode Lock Screen allows you to see your missed calls and some notifications, depending on your preferences.

Other features include “slide to unlock,” sound enable/disable, and vibration enable/disable. Another huge plus is that because this app is so small, you don’t have to worry about it taking up too much space or you having to go in and delete some things in order to access this. Very functional, and very low-fuss!

Download it now: Google Play



Extremely fun, LockerMaster is the perfect lock screen replacement app for the creative at heart. There’s so many different choices for you to create the perfect lock screen, from special unlock keys to a variety of still and live backgrounds that will fit any personality. There’s a ton of other options too, like clock designs, props, and more. And, if you happen to forget your password, there’s a secret code that will allow you to get in every time.

One of the cool things about LockerMaster, beyond the fun of creating your own lock screen combinations, is that you can create those lock screens and share them with the LockerMaster community for download. That’s right: you can share your designs and combinations, as well as browse the ones that others have made. Who knows? Maybe you’ll come across something there that you might like better than your own!

Download it now: Google Play

Holo Locker


A lockscreen replacement app that’s simple, but still with room for some customization, is Holo Locker. Similar to Passcode Lock Screen, Holo Locker is pretty straightforward and to the point. That being said, there is some room for customization. It has features for an emergency unlock and support system security lock, but you can also change things like the status bar, text color, screen orientation, and more.

If you really like Holo Locker, there’s also room for upgrade. In the Plus version, it’ll support different wallpaper, different background tint, custom notification badge color, and more. Plus also includes shortcuts, enhancements, and some different features you can view on Google Play. If you’re looking for something simple where you can tweak a few things here and there, we definitely recommend checking out Holo Locker.

Download it now: Google Play


For whatever reason you’re looking to replace your lockscreen, whether it be security reasons or just to shake things up a bit, there’s something on this list for everyone! Ranging from simple and small to fancy and elaborate, we hope we gave you some good ideas that will fit your personality and whatever you’re looking for.

About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.