The Lock Screen function is a very useful feature of Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus. On one hand, it allows you to protect your device and to prevent the access of unauthorized persons. On the other hand, it also allows you to create some shortcuts right on this interface, so you won’t have to unlock the device every time you want to use a particular app.
In today’s article, we’re going together through the essentials of the Lock Screen. We’ll show you what widgets and icons you can add to it, how to beautify it with a special wallpaper and how to change it. All the details will target a Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus smartphone, though steps are very similar to the ones you’d have to take on a Samsung Galaxy S8 device.
How to add widgets on the Lock Screen of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus
Adding new widgets straight to the Lock Screen is as simple as tapping on an option from a list. In order to get to that list of options:
- Access the Home screen;
- Launch the main Menu;
- Tap on Settings;
- Browse for the Lock Screen.
Once in there, you’ll see that list, which includes the following apps and functions:
- The Dual Clock, showing you two time zones (for your travel location and for your home city);
- The Clock Size, which makes date bigger or smaller, upon your desire;
- The Show the Date, which displays full date directly on the Lock Screen;
- The Camera Shortcut, which brings the camera widget on the first screen, easy to start with one tap;
- The Owner Information, where you can add Twitter handles and some other details about yourself;
- The Unlock Effect, which freshens up the look and feel of the screen (don’t forget to check the Watercolor effect);
- The Additional Info, which lets you add weather details and pedometer details.
How to change the Lock Screen of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus
As promised, aside from the entire above, you can change the wallpaper of this versatile Lock Screen. Just like on the previous model of the Galaxy, you need to launch the Edit Mode of the Home screen, by pressing and holding whatever empty space of that screen.
From the Edit Mode, you can not only change the general settings of the Home screen, but you can also add widgets and, what interests you most, you can change the wallpaper.
Just tap on Wallpaper, Lock Screen, and see if you like any of the default options. If you’re up for something catchy, use the More images function to browse photos stored on your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus and set them as wallpaper for the Lock Screen.
Once you’ve settled for the desired image, tap on the Set Wallpaper button and you’re done.