Google has officially made the stable version of Android 14 available for Pixel devices. The new Android 14 has an extensive list of new features. With the recent OS upgrade, i.e., Android 14, Google has completely redesigned the Pixel lock screen. The company now provides many clock styles, always-on-display styles, and quick toggles to access frequently used features without having to unlock the device.
Today, in this article, you will learn how you can customize the lock screen in the Android 14 on Pixel and other phones.
Since Android 14 is only available for Pixel devices, the methods listed below will only work on Pixel devices. Other OEMs, on the other hand, will soon release their own custom UI versions based on Android 14.
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Add Shortcuts on the Lock Screen
You can now access the camera, device controls, DND, flashlight, QR code scanner, mute, and video camera right from the lock screen. You can set up two shortcuts from the list on the lock screen: one on the right side and another on the left side. Here’s how you can do it:
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your device.
Step 2: Choose Wallpaper & style on the settings page.
Step 3: Tap on the Lock Screen tab from the top. Alternatively, long-press on an empty space on the lock screen, then unlock your phone to visit the same page.
Step 4: Scroll down and tap on Shortcuts.
Step 5: Select a shortcut for the Left side and another for the Right side.
Change Lock Screen Clock Style
With the Android 14 update, your phone’s lock screen is not limited to a basic clock style, as you can choose from different available clock styles. Here’s how you can change clock style to customize lock screen of your phone:
Step 1: Long-press on an empty space on the lock screen.
Step 2: Unlock your handset to visit the lock screen customization page.
Step 3: Swipe left or right on the clock.
Step 4: Stop at the one you like to set on the lock screen, and it will be set automatically.
Change Clock Color and Size
For the lock screen clock, Android 14 uses the shades from the wallpaper you have applied to your phone. But you can also change it by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Visit the lock screen customization page either by navigating to the settings app or directly from the lock screen.
Step 2: Click on the Clock color & size below the lock screen layout.
Step 3: Under the Color tab, pick a color from the available ones and use the slider to increase or decrease its intensity.
Step 4: Under the Size tab, you have two options: Dynamic and Small.
The Dynamic size is set by default, and it changes the clock size based on the lock screen content. For example, if you have turned on notifications on the lock screen and when there are several notifications, it shows a small clock icon in the top corner. If the lock screen doesn’t have any notifications, it shows a large clock. On the other hand, the Small size always shows a small clock icon on the lock screen.
Selecting the Dynamic size option is the same as enabling the double-line clock setting, which is located under Settings app > Wallpaper & style > More lock screen options.
Enable or Disable Notifications on the Lock Screen
Whether you want to see the notifications on the lock screen or not, follow the below steps to change the notification settings to customize lock screen in Android 14 running phones.
Step 1: Open the Settings app and go to Wallpaper & style.
Step 2: On the Lock screen tab, turn on or off the toggle next to Show notifications on the lock screen.
Step 3: If you turn it on, the phone will still not show sensitive notification content on the lock screen. To show all the content, tap on More lock screen options, then tap Privacy. Finally, select Show all notification content.
Enable or Disable the Always-On Display
You can also enable or disable the always-on display on Android 14. When the Always-On display is enabled, the phone dims the lock screen while still displaying useful information such as time, battery percentage, and so on. You will also notice the fingerprint scanner icon. However, because the display is always on, it uses a bit more battery power. Here’s how to turn on or off the feature:
Step 1: Open the Settings app and go to Wallpaper & style.
Step 2: On the Lock screen tab, tap on More lock screen options.
Step 3: Turn on or off the toggle next to Always show time and info to enable or disable the feature.
Enable or Disable the Now Playing Button
You can also enable or disable the Now Playing search button on the lock screen to manually search for songs you hear around you. Here’s how you can do it:
Step 1: Visit the lock screen customization page.
Step 2: Tap on More lock screen options then Now Playing.
Step 3: Turn on the toggle next to the Show search button on lock screen to enable or disable the button. Note that you will only see the option if you enable the toggle for Identify songs playing nearby.
Add Text to the Lock Screen
You can also add personalized text to the lock screen if you wish to customize lock screen by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Head over to the lock screen customization page.
Step 2: Scroll down and tap on More lock screen options.
Step 3: Click on Add text on lock screen.
Step 4: Enter the text you want to show, then tap Save.
So, these are some customization settings that you can make to redesign or customize lock screen in Android 14 running phones. I hope you find this article helpful.
Please share any additional inquiries related to Android 14 in the comments section. Also, share this information with your friends and family and let them be aware of this latest Android 14 lock screen redesign.
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