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[ANDROID 5.1+] Lockscreen Widgets

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By Zacharee1, Recognized Developer / Retired Forum Moderator on 11th May 2020, 02:08 PM
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A (very) long time ago, Android introduced a feature to allow you to show certain widgets on the lock screen. For some reason, this useful feature was removed with the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop, confining widgets to the home screen only.

While some manufacturers, such as Samsung, have brought back limited versions of lockscreen widgets, but you're usually limited to the widgets the manufacturer has already created for you.

Well, no more! Lockscreen Widgets brings back the functionality of yore, with some extra features.

- Lockscreen Widgets appears as a paged "frame" on top of your lockscreen.
- Add a widget by tapping the plus button in the frame. This plus button will always be the last page.
- Each widget you add gets its own page.
- You can press, hold, and drag a widget left or right to reorder it.
- Tap the frame with two fingers to enter the editing mode: you resize and move the frame, and remove the current widget here.
- Any home screen widget can be added as a lockscreen widget.

Inside the app, there are a few settings you can change:
- You can make the widget frame's background opaque if you want to overlay lockscreen elements.
- You can have the widget frame hide when there are notifications displayed on the lockscreen.
- You can have the widget frame hide when the notification shade is down. This probably won't work on heavily customized skins like EMUI or MIUI.
- You can have the widget frame hide when the security input view is shown (PIN/pattern/password/etc). This probably won't work on heavily customized skins like EMUI or MIUI.

And this is all without ADB or root! All the necessary privileges can be granted without even thinking about using a computer.

On the topic of privileges, these are the more sensitive permissions that Lockscreen Widgets needs to function:
- Accessibility. In order to display on the lockscreen, Lockscreen Widgets' Accessibility Service must be enabled. You will be prompted to enable it if needed in the initial setup, and any time you open the app.
- Notification Listener. This permission is only required if you want the widget frame to hide when notifications are displayed. You will be prompted if it's needed.
- Dismiss Keyguard In order to improve the user experience, Lockscreen Widgets will dismiss the lock screen (or show the security input view) when it detects an Activity being launched from a widget, or when you press the "Add Widget" button. This will not compromise your device's security in any way.

And that's it. Don't believe me? Lockscreen Widgets is open source! The link is at the bottom.

Lockscreen Widgets only works on Android Lollipop 5.1 and later because the necessary system features for displaying on the lockscreen didn't exist in Lollipop 5.0. Sorry, 5.0 users.

If you have a question, send me an email or join the TG group: https://bit.ly/ZachareeTG. Please be as specific as possible with your problem or request.

Lockscreen Widgets source: https://github.com/zacharee/LockscreenWidgets

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Download it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...kscreenwidgets
Beta opt-in: https://play.google.com/apps/testing...kscreenwidgets

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17th May 2020, 09:10 PM |#2  
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I am trying out this app but I am not quite sure how it works.

I have Live Wallpaper on. As soon as the AOD disappears and my lockscreen shows up, I see a small popup window or prompt flicker and then it just disappears.

Samsung Galaxy s20u, Android 10
17th May 2020, 11:33 PM |#3  
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Originally Posted by garyHal

I am trying out this app but I am not quite sure how it works.



I have Live Wallpaper on. As soon as the AOD disappears and my lockscreen shows up, I see a small popup window or prompt flicker and then it just disappears.



Samsung Galaxy s20u, Android 10

I think that it is an issue with Samsung's dual layer lockscreen.

I have uninstalled the app but will monitor it for updates that will work with Samsung phones.
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What's that weather widget called that you are showing there? Also how do I move the widget elsewhere I can't seem to figure it out
Edit: Figured out the editing, but could you please tell me what Weather widget is please?
18th May 2020, 08:10 AM |#5  
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Widget overlays phone screen
Hi,

I used the app and is wonderful. To have this features with all the restrictions put in new android versions is awesome!

I noticed one issue. I set up a widget on the lockscreen. When a call is received (with the phone locked) the phone's caller ID screen ahd all the dialer options there is overlayed by the widget. Thereby any touch interactions only apply to the widget and not to the caller screen. Since phone calls are the only thing that works with the phone locked, I assume this issue is with only this scenario.

Is there a way to fix this? Can you please check from your end too?

Thanks!
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Love this so far.

I'm trying to add a KWGT to my LS. It tells me I need to set it up, which I can't do via the lock screen. Any ideas?
18th May 2020, 02:29 PM |#7  
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Can I get a promo code? This looks promising..
18th May 2020, 06:00 PM |#8  
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Hello.

After installing the application and giving it the necessary permissions and going to the lock screen there is no add button.

How to add a widget ?

Thank you.

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18th May 2020, 06:03 PM |#9  
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Hello , before I buy it is there any way to tell me if this works in Xiaomi MIUI mi8 ?

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Any promo codes left?
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Bought it & the idea is very good but have to eventually refund coz the widget layer keeps popping on my ambient display (on my OnePlus device) as well as the password input screen & it just keeps bugging me...Would definitely buy/install the app again when this issue is fixed.
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