If you don't wear a watch on your wrist, you probably see your phone's lock screen very often during the day. You check the time, browse various notifications from social networks, or simply unlock your device.
The lock screen should not get in the way of what you want to do. Fortunately, if you do not like it or simply want to try something new, there's an easy solution. On Android, the lock screen is just like any other app - it can be swapped for something cooler in the blink of an eye.
From hundreds of lock screen replacement apps available in the Play Store, I've selected 6 that I like best. Hoping that you'll find them useful, I've compiled them in a handy list posted below.
Created by a Google engineer, DashClock may not be a real lock screen replacement app, but the functionality it offers most certainly makes of worthy of this title. DashClock is a smart widget that you can put on your lock screen.
It supports various first and third-party extensions, which allow you to quickly see notifications, current weather conditions, missed calls, and unread chat messages.
Jealous of Moto X's cool Active Display feature? Try AcDisplay. This great application mimics the functionality of the original concept, allowing you to check notifications and interact with them in a very simple and intuitive way.
Moreover, it uses your phone's sensor to tell whether the device is in your hands or in your pocket. Once you take it out, it will automatically wake up the screen and display all missed events.
Developed by Microsoft's research labs, Next Lock Screen hopes to give you a glimpse at the future. It aims to save you time by coming up with smart suggestions based on your usage patterns. It lets you launch apps and interact with notifications without even unlocking your device.
Other features include calendar integration, security options (PIN or unique pattern), on-screen music controls, and gesture-based navigation that help you make a phone call by swiping on the screen.
Inspired by Android 5.0 Lollipop's well-designed lock screen, Lollipop Lockscreen is an application built for those who cannot enjoy Google's sweetest treat yet. It looks and feels like the real thing, offering a similar interface, animations, and features.
Lollipop Lockscreen displays notifications as well as music controls and full-screen album art. To keep your phone safe, it lets you set a PIN code or pattern, while making all essential features like camera and phone app easily accessible through on-screen gestures.
Being possibly the cleanest-looking lock screen app on our list, Echo gives you the best control over your notifications. Not only does it automatically categorize them based on the type of app they were sent to, but also allows you to completely mute selected applications.
Echo is fast and intuitive. A single tap is enough to reply to a text message or make a phone call.
LockScreen Protect is more a smart plugin than a real lock screen replacement app, but it is very useful. It uses your phone's front-facing camera to take a picture of a person who is trying to unlock your phone, but enters the code incorrectly.
The app will capture a photo and send you a notification telling you how many times someone tried to break into your device. Handy, isn't it?
If you recommend any other lock screen replacement apps for Android, be sure to leave them in the comments below and we may add them to the post.