WidgetLocker is my favorite lockscreen replacement. It offers endless customization possibilities, making your lockscreen a real canvas for creativity!!! 😀
The trick is getting used to this application, and knowing the basics in order to get the most out of it.
Lynda Marlena, a very sweet lady I met through this blog, asked me to make a tutorial for WidgetLocker, so here it is! 😀
First of all, you can get WidgetLocker from the Google Play store. It is not a free app, it will cost you US$2.99, but trust me, it is worth it!!! We have the advantage here in the USA of carrier billing, where the play store charges the app to our carrier, and we pay for it with our next bill 😉
There are SO MANY themes for WidgetLocker. You can choose from 9 different styles:
– Sense 3
The themes have to come in this format: NameOfTheme.wltheme.zip
Some people add more than one theme in a zip, so you might need to decompress the zip first, and then you will find the .wltheme.zip files there.
As you all know, I use a Samsung galaxy SII Skyrocket, so when I download a file I can find it in the download folder of my sdcard: /sdcard/download. To extract or decompress a zip I use Root Explorer, but you can use any file explorer app. I can find the extracted or decompressed files in a folder in my SDcard named SpeedSoftware: /sdcard/SpeedSoftware/Extracted. My guess is that the speedsoftware folder was created by Root Explorer. More than likely, a window will pop up after you extract or decompress a file, asking you if you want to go to the folder where the extracted files are located, so just click yes 😀
Once you have your .wltheme.zip file, long-press it and select “Open With”. When the next menu opens, select “Open with default system action”, and then it should give you the option of opening it with WidgetLocker.
If your phone comes with a download manager app, you can also go there, find the wltheme.zip file, click on it, and select Widgetlocker from the pop-up window.
After you select to open the file with WidgetLocker, a new window will pop-up asking you if you want to install and add the theme, Install Only, or cancel.
Install and Add will take you to the WidgetLocker settings screen. If you select Install only, the theme will be added and will appear on your themes list on the widgetLocker settings, but you will not be taken to the WL settings right then and there.
If you select Install and Add, you will see the lock configuration screen. there you can select other themes or configure the current theme that will appear on the top. You can also choose to add or delete the typical lockscreen clock and date. I always uncheck it because I like to add my own clock with UCCW 😀
You will also see on this screen links that will take you to the XDA themes thread or the WL blog where you can find stock themes.
In order to configure the actions and images of the lock, simply slide it up, down, left or right. A new window will open where you will find actions and icons menu. If you are using a theme that has more than one icon, slide each icon in order to configure them.
The Actions menu will give you the options to:
– Disable the actions on the lock. This is useful when you are using locks in the styles of iPhone, ICS, Miui, and all the ones that have more than just one icon. This choice, like its name says, will disable all actions on the icon and it will not appear on your lockscreen.
– WidgetLocker Actions gives you choices as to what your phone should do when you unlock it, like simply unlock it, change the ringer mode, toggle interactions, brightness, dialer, camera, camcorder, sms, or if you have the app, then you can also turn on the Tessla LED.
– Applications lets you choose an app to open up to when your phone is unlocked.
The Icons menu lets you choose the icon you want to use for the lock. You can use the default menu’s icon, choose from the WL library, or choose from your gallery.
Once you are done, simply click the back button on your phone twice. A pop-up window will ask you if you want to save or don’t save the changes. Select Save Changes. Your Lockscreen will appear, and you can move the lock to the position you want, or change its size.
After you position the lock where you want to, you can now add widgets and apps to your lockscreen.
If you click the menu button on your phone, you will see the options to Add, notifications (you need to download the tesla notifications app in order for this to work), Refresh theme, and settings. The Add option will allow you to add another lock, apps, shortcuts, or widgets.
You can move the widgets, apps and extra locks to the position you want and change their size just as you did with your lock.
Make sure you select the Widget Overlap option in the Advanced menu option of the WL settings.
The Settings option will take you to the WL settings menu. Make sure the first option on top “WidgetLocker enabled” is checked 😉
You can choose to change the wallpaper in the Look & Feel Menu. Check the Alternative Wallpaper option, and then select the wallpaper of your choice in “Select Wallapper”.
The Background Tint options lets you choose how dark or light you want your lockscreen.
The layout will let you choose how many rows and columns you want for apps, shortcuts and widgets, and how big of an area you want for the locks.
I have mine will all rows and columns and no separate area for the lock, because that gives me a bigger range to everything around 😛
Go back to the main settings menu and select Buttons and Input. Make sure the “Allow Interactions” button is checked, so you can access your apps or use UCCW hotspots from the lockscreen.
The Behavior menu on the main settings gives you the option to have WL appear when you turn your phone on (on boot). Make sure that option is checked as well 😀
Most of the settings are very self explanatory. I advise for you to play around and choose the ones that work best for you.
Remember, the best way to get used to an app is to simply play around with it a lot 😀
To modify your lockscreen without adding any new themes, simply open the WidgetLocker app form your app drawer 😀
Here are a couple of links to other WidgetLocker tutorials with videos. I happen to find videos a lot easier to understand 😛
I hope you guys find this helpful. Let me know if you have any more questions!!! 😀