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Custom Android Lock Screen Notifications to Protect Privacy

These days, almost all of our important and personal information is easily accessible on our smart phones. It is an unparalleled convenience but can also be a problematic security risk once obtained. We all know how annoying it is for other people to mindlessly browse through our phones without our permission.

And getting your Android devices stolen can be extremely distressing especially if you never bothered to set up some kind of lock to prevent people from reading your notifications and worse, accessing it. Maintaining privacy can be tricky, but here are a few safety measures you can do to prevent any kind of security breach.

Part 1: Set Up a Pin or Pattern for Lock Screen Notification

This general feature on Android basically leaves you no reason not to protect your Android devices from nosy people. It's basically the easiest and most effective lock screen alternative that is readily available for you to set up.

You can enable this by locating the "Settings" option on your Android device through either dragging down your screen from the top down then tapping the cog icon, or browsing for it in the master list of apps. Once there, go to "My device" and tap the "Lock screen" option. When you tap "Screen lock" under Screen Security, you will immediately see a list of the many lock screen choices you can do on your Android device.

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Setting up a Pattern gives you up to medium security. It has a grid of 9 dots that can help you decide on a distinct pattern in unlocking your phone. You can't use the same dot twice which limits the number of patterns you can create.

And although you might be tempted to create something unique, you have to make sure it's not too complex for you to forget. After making your pattern, you will again be asked to swipe it for confirmation. Then, tap Continue after it says "Pattern recorded!".

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You will be asked to set a backup PIN after this to unlock your device if you forget your pattern. Once it is saved, you will be directed back again to "Lock screen" where you can modify some more settings for the lock screen option you've chosen. Here you can adjust the time your device will automatically be locked, if you want the pattern to be visible or if you want the device to instantly lock with the power key.

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The PIN, on the other hand, can give you higher security by letting you input a numerical password. When selecting PIN on the lock screen list of options, you will immediately be asked to input your password. After it has confirmed the correct PIN again, you will be directed back to "Lock screen" just like when it did after making a Pattern and let you further modify your lock screen settings.

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Part 2: Top 3 Apps to Custom Android Lock Screen Notifications

If you're not over the moon about using the traditional pin or pattern lock for your Android screen, there are many apps you can buy or get for free over at the App Store. Most of these lock screen apps lets you utilize your Android phone's locking capabilities and allows you to add different widgets and applications you can use while your phone is on lock mode. But not all of them can give your Android device the protection you need.

Here are three of the best apps you can download from the App Store that can greatly improve notification security on your Android phone:

1. Alarm Anti Theft Screen Lock

Link - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobiloucos2.pegaladrao&hl=en

This app currently has a 4.4 rating on the App Store and has been downloaded almost 5 million times. Although it clearly leaves more to be desired with its graphics, it does a pretty excellent job in protecting your phone from getting stolen or being used without your permission.

It is a very straightforward lock screen app which you can easily modify. It is also equipped with better privacy protection. It prevents people from acquiring total access not only with your notifications but with your Android device itself. It will sound an alarm, a police siren, vibrate and then blink effects on the screen if the password or pattern is entered incorrectly.

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2. Hidden Lock

Link - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tv.marinelli.android.HiddenLock&hl=en

Most, if not all, of the lock screen notification apps available are more focused on customization and style rather than security of your Android phone itself. You might not be able to add on widgets and other apps in your lock screen with Hidden Lock, but it provides a secret lock button only you can find on your screen to unlock your Android phone!

You can also modify it in a way that your phone locks once somebody opens an app, or unlock it with a secret number of shakes with your device. You can even customize it so that you can make and receive calls even when you are on your lock screen. It's the perfect lock screen notification if you want to keep people entirely away from your phone!

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3. CM Locker (Secure & Boost)

Link - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cmcm.locker&hl=en

This might be the best lock screen notification app there is on the App Store. From the name itself, CM Locker not only protects your phone from intruders but also boosts your battery life. It lets you add avatars and themes to your lock screen but also gives you the option to hide important notifications that you don't want other people to see. You can still be able to add widgets like the weather, music player and a tool box with apps you want to put in.

Its best feature is probably the Intruder Selfie option which snaps a photo of the person who tries to unlock your Android device with the wrong password. CM Locker is currently rated with a 4.6 on the App Store and has already been downloaded 50 to 100 million times, making it the most popular Android lock screen notifications app on the list!

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So, there you have it, now not only are you equipped to set up a pin or pattern for the lock screen on your device but also use custom lock screens as and when you need for that added protection we all would love to have on our phones. Leave your comments below and feel free to suggest the lock screen apps you use.

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