Conan Troutman · Nov 23, 2012 at 10:00 am

Disable Lockscreen Widgets and Camera on Android 4.2

One of the most notable new features added to the latest version of Android was the ability to add widgets to the lock screen. Another was a way to access the camera directly, without unlocking first. While these might sound like great (and long overdue) features, they’ve proven to be something of a nuisance for those who don’t wish to use them.

The enhanced camera shortcut now allows you to access the camera application by swiping to the left from anywhere on the lock screen, even if you have a pin/pattern enabled. However, this has not pleased some users—neither has the fact that not adding a widget to the lock screen results in an ever-present flashing placeholder. Exactly why Google decided against giving us the option to retain the lock screen we know and love is beyond me, but that’s a rant for another day.

Don’t despair, though. XDA Forum Member chislon put together an app that rids you of these annoyances in a flash. It allows you to disable both the camera and widget functionality with a couple of clicks. It’s really that simple. The app should work on all devices running Android 4.2, so if you find yourself frustrated by these recent changes, head on over to the forum thread to grab the app.


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Conan Troutman is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Senior Moderator, Newswriter, Recovering Meme Addict. View Conan Troutman's posts and articles here.
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