Lockscreen Policy

Lockscreen Policy


Disable multiple 3rd party widgets on the lockscreen. Also removes lockscreen camera access on some devices.

★ Featured on Android Police, CNET, Droid-Life

# Uninstall
First go to the app's left swipe-in menu by choosing 'Deactivate'. Or uncheck the app from the 'Device Administrator' list under 'Security' in your 'Settings' application. This allows you to uninstall.

# Android 4.4+
Lockscreen Policy is at end-of-life and is no longer expected to work consistently across all devices, because of various changes in KitKat by Google and device manufacturers. Thanks for supporting Lockscreen Policy!

NOT USEFUL on Samsung TouchWiz devices. From version 1.3.2, the app will ask the user to uninstall when run. Tip: Use a third-party SMS app to hide SMS on the lockscreen. Uncheck 'Multiple Widgets' in 'Lock screen' system setting to turn off 3rd party lockscreen widgets.

Disables the camera widget in stock Android (Nexus/GPE). Leave this setting in 'ON' position if you do not have a lockscreen camera widget.

# Android 4.2.x
Known issue under 4.2.2 with widgets disabled:
With widgets disabled, the default clock widget toggles between the bold and the non-bold hour clock every other unlock.

If your device is rooted, use clock hack to get the device to consistently show the non-bold hour clock. Sorry for the inconvenience, but I had no control over this. This issue is fixed in Android 4.3.

If you do not re-root your device after updating to Android 4.3, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED you undo the clock hack before proceeding, or you will have no way of restoring the stock digital clock widget on your device.

# Usage
1) Run application
2) Make selections, and press activate
3) In the 'Activate device administrator' screen, choose 'Activate'
4) Turn off undesired features using the toggle switches. Changes are made instantly. Make sure your lockscreen is enabled to see the results.

# Hide App Icon from Launcher
If you enable this feature, you can undo this by adding a desktop 'Shortcut' (identified as a 'Widget' on some Launcher) to reopen the app to revert.

#Clock Hack for Rooted devices:
For users running Google firmware, you can now disable the bold-hour lockscreen clock with 'Clock Hack', accessible via the action bar menu even with widgets disabled in the lockscreen.

To undo or revert this, simply rerun 'Clock Hack'. You will additionally have to manually remove the clock widget and readd the desired one for changes to take effect if your lockscreen widgets are on. Note that this setting persists even if you deactivate or uninstall this application. (Can take a couple of screen locks/unlocks to take effect)

There are several downsides to using this hack. You will also lose access to the same widget from your homescreen. This alternate clock also will not launch the alarm app on click, nor does it display your world clocks.

On Android 4.3, to restore the bold hour clock widget, you may need to manually readd the widget by first removing the non-bold hour fallback clock widget.

# Caveats when disabling widgets on Android 4.2

Enabling this will force the lockscreen to use a 'default fallback widget'. On Google builds, the default is the stock DeskClock digital clock widget (with bold-hour style). This behavior cannot be changed.

The bold hour clock only affects official Google builds, and is part of Google's proprietary firmware.

The rooted method implements the following from XDA,
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=34561693&postcount=35

The music controls will still appear as a new page when active, even with the lockscreen policies in place.

# Privacy
I do not collect any personal information with this completely free application.

No permissions other than device administrator required.

# Additional Notes

Uses Stericson RootTools http://code.google.com/p/roottools/

# Translations
Portuguese: Thiago Oliveira
Polish: Damian Krysa
German: Philip Weber

Recent changes:
v1.3.2
Reduce package size, rename legacy package slightly to distinguish from KitKat build from legacy build.

This app will now automatically ask for user uninstall for all Samsung TouchWiz devices with KitKat on launch :(

New boot completed receiver - Automatically forces settings to be reapplied on boot if camera widget is set to 'OFF'. This is a workaround for a KitKat bug where the camera icon appears on startup and ignores the setting. For other users, leave this setting 'ON'.
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About Lockscreen Policy
Disable multiple 3rd party widgets on the lockscreen. Also removes lockscreen camera access on some devices.

★ Featured on Android Police, CNET, Droid-Life

# Uninstall
First go to the app's left swipe-in menu by choosing 'Deactivate'. Or uncheck the app from the 'Device Administrator' list under 'Security' in your 'Settings' application. This allows you to uninstall.

# Android 4.4+
Lockscreen Policy is at end-of-life and is no longer expected to work consistently across all devices, because of various changes in KitKat by Google and device manufacturers. Thanks for supporting Lockscreen Policy!

NOT USEFUL on Samsung TouchWiz devices. From version 1.3.2, the app will ask the user to uninstall when run.
Tip: Use a third-party SMS app to hide SMS on the lockscreen. Uncheck 'Multiple Widgets' in 'Lock screen' system setting to turn off 3rd party lockscreen widgets.

Disables the camera widget in stock Android (Nexus/GPE). Leave this setting in 'ON' position if you do not have a lockscreen camera widget.

# Android 4.2.x
Known issue under 4.2.2 with widgets disabled:
With widgets disabled, the default clock widget toggles between the bold and the non-bold hour clock every other unlock.

If your device is rooted, use clock hack to get the device to consistently show the non-bold hour clock. Sorry for the inconvenience, but I had no control over this. This issue is fixed in Android 4.3.

If you do not re-root your device after updating to Android 4.3, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED you undo the clock hack before proceeding, or you will have no way of restoring the stock digital clock widget on your device.

# Usage
1) Run application
2) Make selections, and press activate
3) In the 'Activate device administrator' screen, choose 'Activate'
4) Turn off undesired features using the toggle switches. Changes are made instantly. Make sure your lockscreen is enabled to see the results.

# Hide App Icon from Launcher
If you enable this feature, you can undo this by adding a desktop 'Shortcut' (identified as a 'Widget' on some Launcher) to reopen the app to revert.

#Clock Hack for Rooted devices:
For users running Google firmware, you can now disable the bold-hour lockscreen clock with 'Clock Hack', accessible via the action bar menu even with widgets disabled in the lockscreen.

To undo or revert this, simply rerun 'Clock Hack'. You will additionally have to manually remove the clock widget and readd the desired one for changes to take effect if your lockscreen widgets are on. Note that this setting persists even if you deactivate or uninstall this application. (Can take a couple of screen locks/unlocks to take effect)

There are several downsides to using this hack. You will also lose access to the same widget from your homescreen. This alternate clock also will not launch the alarm app on click, nor does it display your world clocks.

On Android 4.3, to restore the bold hour clock widget, you may need to manually readd the widget by first removing the non-bold hour fallback clock widget.

# Caveats when disabling widgets on Android 4.2

Enabling this will force the lockscreen to use a 'default fallback widget'. On Google builds, the default is the stock DeskClock digital clock widget (with bold-hour style). This behavior cannot be changed.

The bold hour clock only affects official Google builds, and is part of Google's proprietary firmware.

The rooted method implements the following from XDA,
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=34561693&postcount=35

The music controls will still appear as a new page when active, even with the lockscreen policies in place.

# Privacy
I do not collect any personal information with this completely free application.

No permissions other than device administrator required.

# Additional Notes

Uses Stericson RootTools http://code.google.com/p/roottools/

# Translations
Portuguese: Thiago Oliveira
Polish: Damian Krysa
German: Philip Weber

Recent changes:
v1.3.2
Reduce package size, rename legacy package slightly to distinguish from KitKat build from legacy build.

This app will now automatically ask for user uninstall for all Samsung TouchWiz devices with KitKat on launch :(

New boot completed receiver - Automatically forces settings to be reapplied on boot if camera widget is set to 'OFF'. This is a workaround for a KitKat bug where the camera icon appears on startup and ignores the setting. For other users, leave this setting 'ON'.

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User reviews of Lockscreen Policy
The only way to hide the crap widget lockscreen stuff from Android!
May 14, 2014
Android Market Comments
A Google User
5 days ago
Simply great
A Google User
Sep 14, 2014
Did what i needed I use one of the "national" brand device with Android 4.3 on board and i found this app to be the fastest and easiest way to disable lock screen camera.
A Google User
Sep 12, 2014
Awesome!
A Google User
Sep 11, 2014
Amazing I used to have problems on my g2 because of the quick access to camera, but they got fixed thanks to this app.
A Google User
Sep 8, 2014
Wonderful before 4.4, useless after To echo about 500 other reviews: it was wonderful before KitKat, but now it doesn't work at all. And to pre-empt the response the developer has given to each of those 500 other reviews: I want to keep the messaging app I have always used, but stop it from posting notifications to the lockscreen. That's what your wonderful little app used to do, and if you can find a way to make it do it again, I think you will find there is still a market out there. People like privacy. They don't like change.