How to enable lock-screen widgets in Android 4.4 KITKAT [VIDEO]


When I first received my Nexus 5, the first thing I was obviously interested in was taking a stroll around Android 4.4 KITKAT. It’s always fun digging into a new version of Android to discover the bits and pieces Google didn’t tell us about. One of those pieces was a new lock-screen widgets setting that is now disabled by default.

So, no, you’re not crazy. Lock-screen widgets definitely aren’t there the first time you boot KITKAT up. Instead, you’ll have to jump into the security menu inside Settings to check a nice, big box. Turn off your display, turn it back on, and voila — lock-screen widgets!

You’re probably wondering why Google would make such a change. For starters, they want to get serious about security. How secure is a phone that displays potentially sensitive information before you even go to unlock the thing? So Merry Christmas, and a happy new year. Watch the video above for the visual cue on how to do this.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. What’s better than enabling a lock screen widget in android 4.4 kitkat. I’ll tell you what.
    A Samurai Pizza Cat

    1. wait.. where is the pizza ?

      1. He ate it

  2. Thanks. I thought my phone was broken…and I refused to Google it, just didnt feel right since Im a long time modder/flasher etc. Guess everyones a newb at some point! hehehe

  3. It drove me nuts for all about 6 hours, until I was in settings goofing around, and I saw that magical checkbox. Well played Google.. Well Played

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  5. Lock Screen Widgets – one of the stupidest and most irritating things added in Jelly Bean. Glad they are disabled by default.

    You already have an app tray, a home screen with apps and widgets, and a lock screen notification bar. Yet another location available with no security for widgets is so redundant and confusing.

    1. I didn’t used to like the implementation of lock-screen widgets when Android 4.2 first debuted. However, they grew on me and I use them a lot now.

      Apps like DashClock really make them a pleasure to use. Just my two cents.



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