In earlier smartphone models, a lock screen was simply just that – a screen that popped up whenever you needed to unlock your phone.
Today, lock screens in the latest smartphone models are equipped with all sorts of features; allowing you to interact with notification alerts, add emergency information, access your phone’s camera and more, all without unlocking your phone.
Here are a few ways to customize your phone’s lock screen:
To add a custom message to your lock screen, go to Settings then Security and select Lock Screen Message. It’s a great idea to make your contact info appear on your lock screen, so anyone can get in touch with you in case you lose your phone.
To set which alerts and notifications appear on your lock screen, go to Sound & Notification settings and select from the options under When Device is Locked. Android allows you to hide sensitive information, especially from messaging apps, so no need to worry about those appearing on your lock screen.
The latest version of Android also comes with Smart Lock Capability, which can be accessed through the Settings menu. With this enabled, you can choose trusted locations, so you won’t need to unlock your phone whenever you’re at home, for example.
The lock screen on iOS is still pretty limited compared to what you can do on Android, but there are still a few settings you can tweak.
For Apple Pay users, you can double-tap your phone’s home button while on the lock screen to quickly access your registered debit and credit cards. You can choose to disable this setting from the Wallet & Apple Pay in the Settings menu.
You can also choose which apps can send you notifications while your phone is locked by going to Notifications in your phone’s Settings.
The iOS lock screen also has the Handoff feature, which allows you to start compatible OS X and iOS apps on one device, and resume using it on another. This works with certain apps like Messages, Mail, Maps, and Safari. You can enable this through Settings, General and selecting Handoff & Suggested Apps. Once enabled, simply select the app icon in the corner of your lock screen in order to continue using the app in that device.
Some people customize their background image with an “If found, please call” message. There are also apps in iTunes that can help provide a custom lock screen.