How To Get Rid Of Siri App Suggestions On The Lock Screen In iOS 10

When you open the Search screen in iOS, you get suggestions for apps you might want to access. These suggestions are based on the apps you use most frequently. To turn them Off, you need simply disable Siri Suggestions under Settings>General>Spotlight Search. This isn't the only screen where you get app suggestions. You also get them on your Lock Screen and neither Siri's settings nor this option can disable them. If you aren't a fan of the suggested apps appearing on your lock screen, there's a very simple way to turn them Off. Here's what you need to do. Read More

How To Set A Different Wallpaper For The Lock Screen And Home Screen In Android 7.0

For a long time now, Android has had a one-wallpaper-to-rule-them-all policy. This doesn't mean all Android users are forever stuck using the same wallpaper with no option to change it. Instead, it means the wallpaper you set for your home screen will also be set for your lock screen. On the surface of it, this looks like a pretty reasonable limitation. When you unlock your screen and transition to the home screen, the wallpaper not changing makes the transition look much smoother. If however, you want to set a different wallpaper for the home screen and the lock screen, you finally have the option to do so in Android 7.0. Here's how. Read More

How To Add A Lock Screen Message In Android 7.0

Smartphones contain a lot of sensitive information. In addition to contact details, sensitive emails, addresses, and access to social media accounts, smartphones also contain credit card information. Services like Google Wallet mean your phone isn't just a communication device but also a means of getting into your bank account. Naturally, you'll want to lock it so that it's harder for anyone to access it should you lose the device or it gets stolen. In the event that you lose it and someone wants to return it to you, they won't know where to send the device. On Android phones, you can't ask Siri who a phone belongs to but if you're running Android 7.0, you can add a quick point of contact on your screen. The latest version comes with a feature to add a message to the lock screen. This could be your phone number, your home or office address, or your email. Read More

How To Add A Note To Your Lock Screen In iOS

iOS has always had a very clean lock screen. You can show notifications on it and access the camera but nothing more. As of iOS 10, widgets can be added to your lock screen which means it's going to get a lot busier. Your daily appointments, the day's weather, and a traffic report can all be set to show on your lock screen. If you're looking to add a note to it, perhaps the grocery list or an address that you need to get to, Today Snippet is a free iOS widget app that does just that. The app works as an extension allowing you to add text from just about any app. Couple it with the Notes app and you can add anything you've saved as a note to your lock screen. Read More

How to Disable “Press Home To Unlock” On Your iOS 10 Device

Touch ID allows iOS device owners to unlock their device without entering a long or short passcode. It prevents anyone from memorizing your passcode simply by watching you enter it repeatedly. The problem with this unlock method is that even if you simply press the Home button to wake the device to maybe check what time it is, the device unlocks. With newer iOS devices, Touch ID is even faster so it takes very little to unlock your device when you don't mean to. iOS 10 has a way to combat that by having you actually press the Home button if you want to go to your home screen. Touching your thumb to the home button still unlocks the device but you don't go past the lock screen. The 'Slide to unlock' message is replaced with 'Press Home To Unlock'. Many iOS device owners might welcome this but if you're having trouble adjusting to this new method to unlock your device and get to the home screen, here's how you can disable it. Read More

How To Hide Widgets From The Lock Screen In iOS 10

Widgets no longer appear in the Notification Center in iOS 10. They've moved to a page of their very own. They now appear under Spotlight search when your iPhone is unlocked. When the phone is locked though, widgets appear on a dedicated screen when you swipe right. In iOS 10, the lock screen spans three screens; one for the widgets, one as the default screen that will feature the time, date, and any timer that's running etc, and the third will open the camera (you no longer swipe up to open it). There is no way to customize this and it means your widgets are going to be accessible from the lock screen. Some might consider this a security risk. A widget can reveal an upcoming event that you plan on attending or how long it takes you to get home from work. If you're concerned about widgets on the lock screen compromising security but want to continue using them, you can hide them from the lock screen but still keep using them on an unlocked device and with Touch ID on the lock screen. Here's how. Read More

Set A Picture Slideshow As Your Lockscreen In Windows 10

Slideshows on the desktop have long been a part of Windows. They make for more versatile themes and they keep the desktop looking fresh. You can argue that they drag down system resources and slow down processing but the difference they make is very negligible. In Windows 10, you can select any folder full of pictures that the OS will cycle through on your desktop and this feature has been extended to the Lock Screen as well. Instead of being subject to the same image over and over when you lock your system, you can have it cycle through a personally selected folder of photos. Here's how. Read More

How To Disable The Lock Screen In Windows 10

The Lock Screen in Windows 10 is a nice feature carried over from Windows 8. It's nice to look at and is supposed to house notifications from apps that you allow to it. The only problem is that for a lot of users, app information simply isn't showing up on the lock screen (users are desperately seeking a solution while Microsoft remains mute on the problem). With no app information available on the Lock screen, it's pretty much just an extra UI layer which will give you the time and date as you walk by. You can set any image of your choice as the lock screen image but as far as utility goes, it's not doing much. If you'd rather not have it, there's a simple trick to disabling it. Read More

How To Change The Lock Screen Background In Windows 10

Windows 10 has three different types of backgrounds; the desktop background, the login screen background, and the lock screen background. The desktop background isn't new nor is it unique to Windows because every single operating system, even the mobile ones feature this by one name or the other. The login screen background is the one you see on the screen where you enter your password to log in to your computer. There are no official ways to change the login screen background although there is an app that lets you do it (it comes with risks though), and finally there is the lock screen background. It's the one that slides up to reveal the login screen. It also houses notifications from other apps, and should you leave your PC unattended, the image on it is what people see when they walk by. It's exceptionally easy to change. Read More

Add Lost & Found Information To Your Phone’s Lock Screen [Android]

Losing your phone isn't fun. We take a lot of precautions when it comes to making sure our device isn't stolen. We set up passwords and enable back-doors that will help us trace where our phone is, and if comes down to it we engage the all ending kill-switch. That's all meant to deal with situations where the person in possession of our phone isn't going to try and return it to us any time soon. But what if you've forgotten your phone some place and a kind human being has found it. Locked out by your very strict security measures, it's going to be hard for anyone to trace who a phone belongs to. iOS users, or rather people who find a lost iOS device can simply ask Siri who a phone belongs to to find the owner but Android doesn't have something similar. Hi Locker is a free Android app that is essentially a really beautiful launcher with one feature that sets it apart; it lets you add a custom status to your lock screen. Read More

Use Date Or Time With Modifier Rules To Set A Dynamic PIN – Smart Phone Lock

Locking our phone with a 4 digit PIN, or with a pattern is a common way to keep our device secure but to be fair, it doesn't take a lot of stealth to stand next to someone when they unlock their phone and guess what pattern or PIN they use. Smart Phone Lock is an Android app that locks your phone behind the same 4 digit PIN but it makes it much harder for anyone to guess what your PIN is because the app will change it every time. Obviously this sounds ridiculous because if the app is changing the PIN, how are you going to know what it is? Smart Phone Lock has two types of PINS that can be set; a Date PIN and a Time PIN. These PINs, as you can guess, change according to the current date and time. If you set a date PIN, it will change daily, and if you set a time PIN, it will change every minute. If you still think this isn't secure, the app comes with two modifiers that change the value of the PIN making it all the harder to guess. Read More

Spin Reimagines The iPhone Lock Screen Music Controls

Tweaks that let users customize the iOS lock screen are abundant in the Cydia store, but Spin is the kind of release that just refuses to get lost in the crowd. With Spin, you get a complete revamp of the  lock screen music view. Instead of a square containing the album art of the current song, Spin displays a radial frame in the middle of the lock screen. The current status of the track is depicted by a knob around the border of the album art. Spin doesn’t stop at just changing the album art; it also affects the playback controls and the overall layout of the lock screen, including the status bar clock and the wallpaper. Read More

AcDisplay Brings Moto X’s Active Display To Any Android 4.4+ Device

Despite not boating the same specs as the other flagships of its generation like the HTC One and Galaxy S4, the Moto X is quite a remarkable device, and perhaps Motorola’s most critically acclaimed smartphone to date. Besides offering customization options for the phone itself, Moto X comes with some nifty software features too, that set it apart from the rest. One such feature is Active Display that lets you view the time and your latest notifications even when the screen is off, without having to go to the phone’s lock screen. The feature draws little battery power, thanks to the device’s AMOLED screen. If you want the utility of the same feature without actually having to get a Motorola device, XDA Recognized Developer AChep has the solution for you in AcDisplay, as long as you’re running KitKat. Read on for details. Read More

SlideLock Is An iOS 7-Inspired Android Lock Screen App With Support For Pebble Notifications

We have covered a truckload of Android lock screen apps for our readers in the past. Back in December, we reviewed Dodol Locker, which features a diverse range of themes to give the lock screen a quick makeover. Then there's Cover, a unique solution that determines the apps you use during certain times of the day and automatically provides quick access to them from the lock screen. We've also featured quite a few replacements that clone the lock screens of other platforms, such as Ubuntu Touch Lockscreen and Espier Screen Locker iOS7. SlideLock seems to take inspiration from the iOS 7 lock screen as well, but unlike Espier's apps, it isn't a complete clone. It borrows core features from the iOS 7 lock screen - simple design, quick access to notifications and the camera app - and adds a couple of its own to improve the overall experience. Details to follow. Read More

Snapdragon Glance Is A Usage-Aware Android Lock Screen Replacement From Qualcomm

Android is unrivaled in customization. Forget ROMs and launchers, the lock screen alone can be customized with the likes of Cover and ported Galaxy S4 or Note 3 lock screens. In that vein, another lock screen utility might not seem ground breaking. However, the source makes a difference. After last year's Snapdragon Battery Guru, Qualcomm's Xiam have come out this year with Snapdragon Glance, a free, intelligent lock screen replacement for Snapdragon-powered devices that gives you instant access to notifications, essential info and the apps you use the most. Read More

How To Set Your Own ‘Auto-Lock’ & ‘Require Passcode’ Time In iOS

Generally speaking, there is an inverse relationship between security and convenience. In most cases, higher security comes at the cost of convenience. Two-factor authentication on services like Gmail, Twitter, and Facebook requires you to enter two codes to get access to your own account - higher security at the cost of decreased convenience. Lock screen passcodes on smartphones can range from simple 4-digit codes to long alphanumeric passwords; in any case, you're adding an extra step to accessing your own device. A better balance between the two aforementioned properties, but still far from perfect. iOS comes with two useful settings to reduce the time or steps required to get to the home screen: 'Auto-Lock', and 'Require Passcode'. Apple has included 4-5 predefined options for these in Settings > General, but if you want to have full control over them, you're out of luck... unless you have jailbroken your iOS device. 'insanj' has come up with two tweaks - LongerAutoLock and PassTime - which allow you to set a custom time for Auto Lock and Require Passcode options, respectively. Read More

JellyLock7 Is A Customizable Android-Inspired Lock Screen For iOS 7

Originality certainly has its merits, but if an idea is already good enough, you merely have to tinker with it to get perfection. The previously covered JellyLock tweak garnered a lot of praise and popularity when it was first released last year, for both its features and looks. A year on, almost everything about the looks of iOS has changed, and so it makes sense for JellyLock to have an updated version to match the new flat UI as well. JellyLock7 is quite similar to its predecessor if you only consider basic traits, but there are some finer points that make the new tweak a huge improvement over JellyLock. You can now see icon badges on the shortcut ring, there are more customization options, and of course, everything looks more in tune with the flat iOS 7 UI. Read More

AppBox Is A New Platform For iOS 7 Lock Screen App Shortcuts & Widgets

Lock screen launchers for iOS have become quite common among the jailbreak community in the past year or so. Tweaks like BuddyLock and AnyLock are just two of the many examples of releases that allow iOS users to make the most of their lock screen. While lock screen launchers have a certain usefulness of their own, some might argue that if a launcher is too feature-rich, it ends up killing the whole purpose of the lock screen. AppBox is an upcoming Cydia tweak that might have finally struck just the right balance between being simple and useful. It allows you to place a handful of app shortcuts on the iPhone lock screen, but that’s not where it stops. The tweak is a platform for third-party lock screen app-specific widgets, which can be used to perform a lot of actions without unlocking your device. With AppBox, it becomes possible to compose texts, post to Facebook, create notes, and do much more. The possibilities are virtually limitless, since other developers can come up with AppBox plugins for different apps. Read More

Use Swipes To Launch Apps From The iOS 7 Lock Screen With Swipey

The iOS 7 lock screen has already inspired Android launchers and tweaks for older iDevices, but now some Cydia releases have started making changes to the lock screen itself. After installing Swipey, you won’t see any visible change to the lock screen, but a very useful new functionality is added there nonetheless. Swipey is an app launcher of sorts, and although it doesn’t add a list of app shortcuts anywhere, you can still use it to quickly launch frequently used apps right from the lock screen. The tweak allows its users to add up to 6 apps to the lock screen in the form of stowed away cards. Just swipe multiple times across the lock screen until you get to your favorite app and as soon as you let the card go, the said app will launch straight away. This way, the launcher does not take up any space at all but can still come in handy on short notice. Read More

Desktop VLocker Is A Portable, Password-Protected Lock Screen For Windows

If your computer is placed in an area where other people may have easy access to it while it’s up and running, then you should consider setting up a password to lock it down when you’re not around. Fortunately, Windows allows you to easily lock your screen to prevent unauthorized access by using a username and password, but if it's a shared computer without a password-protected account configured for you, other users of the computer can easily unlock it. If you are looking for a third-party tool for the purpose, try Desktop VLocker. It’s a portable app that lets you quickly lock your screen on the go with a password of your choice that doesn't have to be the password of that computer, by simply placing the app on your USB flash drive. It’s user-friendly, lightweight and sports a decent UI, and also offers you a way to customize the lock screen background. Read More