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Remove Lockscreen Widgets on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Phones and Tablets

Here is how you can disable lockscreen widgets on your phone or tablet running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

While Android 4.2 was just a minor update over Android 4.1, it still brought with it certain new features, lots of bugs and two new Nexus devices – the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. One of the key new features that Google introduced in Android 4.2 is lock screen widgets.

Sadly, the implementation from Google is really sub-par and defeats the whole purpose of widgets. While users can have widgets for any of the app that has been updated to take advantage of it, they need to actually swipe to the left from the lockscreen to access it.

Instead of having multiple widgets in one screen, users are only limited to adding one widget per lock screen. This kind of beats the purpose of widgets, which is to provide all the relevant information to its users in a glance. In addition to this, if users keep a 4*4 widget on their lock screen, it will be automatically resized to 4*1 when a user tries to unlock the phone.


When I first read that Android 4.2 features lock screen widgets, I was really happy since I had been looking for such a feature since quite sometime. However, Google has failed miserably on the execution part with its lock screen widgets idea. While Google does not provide any way to disable lock screen widgets officially, a simple app from the Play Store does and it does not even require root access to do so.

How To Disable Lockscreen Widgets On Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Step 1: Head over to the Play Store and download ‘Lockscreen Policy‘ on your device running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Step 2: Start the application after it has been installed, and then select the ‘Activate’ button on the bottom of the screen. Users will then be prompted with a screen asking them if they want to make ‘Lockscreen Policy’ a device administrator. Until and unless users provide the app with administrative access, it will not work.


Step 3: Once Lockscreen Policy has been made the device administrator, simply toggle the On/Off switch beside Widgets to disable Lockscreen widgets. 

lockscreen_policy Optionally, users can also disable the Camera widget that can be accessed by swiping to the left from the lock screen.


As an Android user, I really hope Google improves or enhances its lockscreen widgets implementation in future versions of Android.  Until then, I really don’t think I can use lockscreen widgets, and I am pretty sure many people will agree with me on this.

By rajesh

Rajesh is a 19 year old nerd, currently pursuing B.Com Hons from Bhawanipore college in Kolkata, India. He loves everything tech, especially Android. You can follow him on twitter @ePandu

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