How to customize the lock screen on Samsung Galaxy devices

The Android ecosystem is known for its customization. One such aspect is customizing the lock screen and add-ons, including widgets, Always On Display, notifications, and more. Samsung, the Android guide, has left no stone unturned when it comes to the latest Galaxy devices with loads of lock screen customization features. With the latest One UI 3.1, the South Korean giant just doubles with more features than ever.

All mid-range and high-end smartphones from Samsung are equipped with an AMOLED screen so that they can use the always-on display function. On a page from Apple’s book, Samsung also introduced lock screen widgets on the One UI 3.1. Let’s learn more about all of the ways to customize the lock screen on a Samsung Galaxy device.

Activate Always On Display

To extend the battery life of a Galaxy device, Samsung deactivates the AOD function at the factory. However, it’s a useful add-on to quickly see the time, date, remaining battery life, notifications, and more. Follow the steps below to enable AOD on a Samsung device.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your phone.

Step 2: Scroll down to the Lock Screen section.

Activate AOD

Step 3: Enable the Always On Display option.

Customize Always On Display

The standard AOD style is simple at best. However, it is a One UI. Everything here is personalized. Samsung has provided dozen of AOD customization options to create the perfect experience for you. Follow the steps below to customize AOD on a Galaxy device.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your phone.

Step 2: Scroll down to the Lock Screen section.

Step 3: Tap the Always On Display option.

Always in the display

Watch styles

Step 4: Here you can view AOD as planned, enable view music information, and more.

The most useful add-on is the clock style. Tap on it and you can access a number of clock and calendar styles with different color effects. We also like how Samsung offers to play with gradient colors.

AOD image

Switch to the photo option and you can add a gif as an AOD or select a photo from the gallery to add it to the lock screen. In short, you have all the customization options to create an ideal AOD screen.

Download AODs from the Theme Store

Still not happy with the AOD options available? Let’s download some third-party options from the standard Samsung Theme Store. Follow the steps.

Step 1: Long tap the One UI home screen and choose Themes.

Step 2: Go to the AODs menu.

Step 3: You will see both the free and paid AODs.

Themed shop

AOD theme shop

Samsung has clearly arranged them according to certain categories. You won’t have a hard time finding the right AOD for the lock screen.

Add lock screen widget

Like the iOS 14 lock screen widget, Samsung adds widgets to the lock screen. You need to enable them through the settings menu.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your phone.

Step 2: Scroll down to the Lock Screen section.

Step 3: Select Widgets from the following screen.

Widgets

Lock screen widgets

Here are standard lock screen widgets that you can add to the lock screen. The current list includes music, weather, today’s schedule, next alarm, digital wellbeing, and Bixby routines. You can also enable the widgets to be shown on Always On Display.

At the top, tap Reorder and you’ll be able to reposition the widgets however you want.

Lock your Galaxy device and you won’t find lock screen widgets right away. You need to double tap the watch to view the widgets without unlocking the phone. Our most commonly used widgets are music, weather, and digital wellbeing.

Lock widgets in action

So far, the lock screen widgets are limited to Samsung first party apps. We hope the company releases the necessary APIs for developers to implement widgets on the lock screen.

Add contact information to the lock screen

Samsung allows you to display information such as your phone number or email address on the lock screen so that you can be contacted if your phone is lost. It’s convenient, and we’d advise anyone to add at least an email ID.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your phone.

Step 2: Scroll down to the Lock Screen section.

Contact information

Add information

Step 3: Find the Contact Information option, tap it and add text.

Customize the lock screen like a pro

Follow the steps above and completely personalize the lock screen experience on the Galaxy device. Hopefully Samsung will improve the experience in the upcoming One UI updates. What’s your favorite lock screen add-on? Share in the comments below.

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