[Android] Easily disable your lock screen with one tap using No Lock ScreenJuly 18, 2013 1 Email article | Print article
While having a lock screen is a good option for enhancing your phone’s security, there are certain instances wherein it becomes too bothersome. If you’re feeling tired of frequently swiping off your lock screen, the No Lock Screen app could help you solve your problem.
What is it and what does it do
No Lock Screen’s main function is to disable your phone’s lock screen in just a single press of a button (and you can re-enable the lock screen with a press of the same button, if desired). Basically, this app will bypass your phone’s default lock screen preferences so there’s no need for you to go into your phone’s security settings to disable the lock screen.
This app also features a “one-click” home screen widget, making it very easy to disable/enable your lock screen.
- Simple UI and very easy to use
- Features a straightforward method of disabling the lock screen
- Features a non-obstructive notification icon
- Provides a “one-click” home screen widget
- If enabled, the app will automatically turn off the lock screen while your Android device is on charging mode.
- Compatible with any Android OS versions
- The lock screen will re-appear after reboot even if the No Lock Screen app is enabled
The No Lock Screen app is, by far, one of the most stable no lock apps that I’ve ever tested. It’s a pretty straightforward app. It does what it is intended to do and it doesn’t go beyond that. You won’t even see any annoying ads. Upon installation, all you can see is a very simple user interface with a big lock icon. There’s also a small button at the bottom. The latter is meant for you to edit your app preferences.
When it comes to the app’s technical aspects, all you need to keep in mind is that if the app’s status says that the “Lock Screen is Active” that means that your phone’s lock screen isn’t turned off. If it says that the “Lock Screen is Not Active” that means that your phone’s lock screen feature is disabled. This setting will also bypass your phone’s default lock screen preferences including your screen lock PIN and password. Aside from this, the app’s gray lock notification icon will also serve as an indicator of your phone’s lock screen status.
Meanwhile, those who do not wish to fully deactivate their phone’s lock screen may opt to enable the app’s “Only When Charging” option. If enabled, this option will only deactivate your lock screen while your Android device is on charging mode. There’s also no need for you to do anything since it will automatically change its settings as soon as you plug your device to its charger.
Needless to say, this app practically does what it is supposed to do. The only problem that I noticed with this app is that it doesn’t work right after reboot. Therefore, you need to reset your app’s settings as soon as you’re done rebooting your phone. Even so, I do not consider this as a major drawback since it doesn’t take a lot of time to restore the app’s settings back to how it was.
Conclusion and download link
I really like this app’s simplicity and straightforward approach. It is very stable and does what it advertises. As long as the No Lock Screen app is active, you can do whatever you want with your Android device without having to worry about the lock screen — there’s no need for you to get annoyed by the thought of constantly swiping off your lock screen just so you could continue reading your favorite online novel. Besides, this app is a complete no-brainer; it is very easy to use. The only issue with the app is the lock screen returns whenever you restart your device, requiring you to toggle No Lock Screen again to again disable the lock screen. However, if you can look past that issue, then this app is great for everyday use — check it out.
If you are looking for similar one-tap disable/enable lock screen functionality but would also like toggles that perform other tasks, such as enable/disable WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc., then check out dotTech’s review on best free custom widgets app on Android.
Version reviewed: 8.0
Requires: Android 1.6 and up
Download size: 174KB