A while ago, Google launched the Android Jelly Bean 4.2 version. This version is just a minor upgrade of the Jelly Bean 4.1 version. Some new features were added. One of the those was the ability to keep Widgets on the Lockscreen. An individual can access the camera directly without unlocking the phone. This is applicable even if a Lockscreen pattern is set.
While many people welcomed this feature, some users found this very annoying. Google didn’t keep the provision to remove these Lockscreen Widgets. However this problem could be fixed using an app named Lockscreen Policy. This app is available on the Google Play Store for free. It enables the user to remove all the unnecessary Lockscreen Widgets without consuming much time. The usage of this app will force the Lockscreen to use a ‘Default Fallback Widget’. On Google builds, the default is the stock DeskClock Digital Clock Widget (with bold-hour style). This behavior cannot be changed. The bold hour clock only affects official Google builds, and is part of Google’s proprietary firmware. The music controls will still appear as a new page when active, even with the Lockscreen Policies in place. There are several downsides to using this app. You will also lose access to the same Widget from your homescreen.
Note: This app will work only for Android Jelly Bean 4.2.
- A device running on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.
- Device must be rooted.
- Lockscreen Policy.
- Download the app from Google Play Store.
- Run the application.
- Make selections and press activate.
- In the “Activate device administrator” screen, choose “Activate”.
- Verify settings and press “Apply”.
- To change settings, either press the “Reset” button or hit the back key from the app to return to the setup screen.
- All the Lockscreen Widgets will be disabled after exiting the app.