How to Add Lock Screen Widgets to Your Android Phone

By Dan Gookin

Just as you can adorn the Android Home screen with widgets, you can also slap down a few right on the lock screen. In fact, the time display on your phone’s lock screen is most likely a widget.

To ensure that the lock screen widget is active (or even available) on your phone, obey these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Choose Lock Screen.

    On certain Samsung phones, the Lock Screen item is found in the Device tab in the Settings app.

    When you can’t find a Lock screen item, your phone may not sport this feature. Still, swipe the clock on the lock screen to confirm.

  3. Choose Lock Screen Widgets.

  4. Mess with the settings.

    The lock screen settings are not part of the stock Android operating system. Do ensure that the master control icon or check box that enables lock screen widgets is activated. On Samsung phones the setting is called Multiple Widgets.

To add a lock screen widget, touch the large plus icon on the lock screen. If you don’t see that icon, swipe the lock screen left or right. From the displayed list, choose a widget to add, such as Calendar, Gmail, Digital Clock, or other widgets.

  • Multiple widgets can be placed on the lock screen, though you can see only one at a time. Swipe the screen to see others.

  • To remove a lock screen widget, long-press it. Drag the widget up to the Remove icon and it’s gone. You can even remove the Clock widget, in which case only the large plus icon appears on the lock screen.