Customizing a lock screen for an android is one of the more technical procedures that are particularly associated with the phone. To sneak peek into the android standard issue lock screen, every android phone usually or generally uses the wallpaper of the phone as the lock screen back ground and while there are two slide bars with one issuing an open lock option, sliding to the right and the other making the phone go silent, sliding to the left. As android phones are practically high end mobile devices with similar capabilities of a computer these phones can on most occasions be customized at will to the demand of their users and like every computer the android phones have very variable functioning display themes and characteristics that enhance the User interface of the phone itself.

In this particular review we will closely look upon the ways and methods of as to how a lock screen of an android can be customized into something a user demands at will and how through this lock can other features be connected to the phone’s user interface. To start off we might like to know that there are practically two methods of doing this effectively, the first method is a detailed explanation of as to how can a user change the lock screen: pattern, back ground, finger swipe, everything while the second methods would showcase an innovative method to a much easier process but with increasingly more limitations.

(I) The first method

The first method would initially require a user to root his/her phone so that h/she may attain super user capabilities for the android operating system. Mind you rooting a phone is not as same as unlocking it, when unlocking a phone a person may change the carrier of the phone but cannot install 3rd party zip files but after rooting a person may change the operating system of the android to any 3rd party zip that h/she would like and customize the user interface at will.

After rooting the phone there are firstly three things a person would need: 1st the Super user application that enables a person to allow permission to anyone who wants to flash a ROM through a third party zip file, there are many other methods to do that but in this review we will potentially stick to this one. Next is the root explorer, this particular android application is used to showcase all the root files of the android phone and with this only we would be able to interchange between our current installed lock screen and the one we have to map on our ROM. The third and final aspect of this app collection is a market widget known as ROM manager. This particular application is easily available in the market and through this only we would be able to flash the ROM of our android phone and map a new lock screen in it.

In the market were this app is being displayed, the more info tab/description tab offers a link that has a potential zip file known as the ROM file and while it may not be essential I personally feel that if you are doing this for the first time you should really download this .zip file and keep it place it at the home of root explorer or the root of the internal SD card to be more precise

Once the ROM manager app has been potentially downloaded we would need to boot the phone into recovery and as such a user might have to open the ROM manager application and select the option boot into recovery but before this please select the carrier and phone model from the 1st drop down menu in the ROM manager application. If your provider is not mentioned in the list then that is when you would use the ROM file which you had downloaded for the description tab of the ROM manager application and while you’re at it and would have to potentially name this update.exe also in root of the internal SD card. Also be specifically sure that you have the lock screen of your choice which would again be a zip file in the root of the internally placed SD card as both these zip files would be used to map a new lock screen on the phone itself. After ensuring that all these are fully available and functional, you should go to the provided menu on the ROM manager app and select the boot into recovery option to start the ROM flashing procedure. The application would ask for super user permission and to continue we would have to allow this for the procedure to be completed.

Once the boot initiated, we should see a recovery console on the Android’s screen and the only navigation in this mode are by three buttons the volume to go up and down while the power button to select an option. The recovery mode’s initial startup screen may usually a list of five to six options while the one we what to consider currently is the menu of reinstall packages. After hitting the power button to select this we would end up with a green display with another 5 to 6 options. This particular screen is known as the clockwork mod recovery mode and through this we would potentially flash our ROM for a new lock screen. Choose the option “choose zip file”, select your zip file and flash it using the power button. Once all this is done reboot your phone from the recovery console after which you can enjoy the new lock screen for your android. Be aware that flashing a ROM through recovery is a complicated procedure and if done incorrectly then you may end up having to re-flash the ROM on default lines. It could also result in force close issues and many malfunctioning of startup android applications. Just to let know that flashing a ROM is technically very sensitive so please just read up on the whole thread before actually doing this process.

(II) The second method

The second method that can be done to change the lock screen does not involve the complicated procedures mentioned above but it is also somewhat tricky nonetheless. The initial step in doing so is to download an application called widget locker from the market. It’s for $ 2.99 while believe me when I say this, this particular app is notably much less in amount than the things it can perform on your phone. Once you have acquired the application again go back to the market and get application theme based widgets for instance the Semi Clock and Unread SMS widget, all of these are quite easily available from the xda developer website. Once you have completed the mentioned tasks please run from your browser the xda developer website and attain the theme you prefer the most for the screen lock and once you are satisfied with your selection open that theme link with widget locker application, when the phone asks whether to open it in your default android browser or the widget lock. The widget locker will showcase some theme choosing option for the look of your lock screen after which you would be prompted to reboot. Rebooting will potentially cause the changes to take affect and you will then be able to enjoy your new android lock screen and theme.

Mind you this particular widget does not flash ROM instead it changes the images predefined in the android for all functions hence it may look different but the lock architecture i.e. sliding right or left remains the same on the screen lock.