I find it cumbersome to press the power button on my Android Lollipop device for locking the screen.

Are there alternatives (like a widget or a gesture) that use some interaction with the touch screen to get the device locked, apart from the automatic lock after timeout?

Also, is there any possibility to lock the screen without the need to install an app?

  • Is the device rooted? Which Android launcher are you using?
    – Firelord
    Jul 10, 2015 at 13:46
  • Well, if you have Terminal Emulator or Tasker installed then an easy solution can be provided which would require no installation of an app.
    – Firelord
    Jul 10, 2015 at 14:32
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    Double tap the status bar should work ... Try it Jul 10, 2015 at 15:00
  • @LôrdRalfAdolf Yeah, good finding! But that's kernel specific feature and unless OEM provided that option under "Settings" and user enabled it, that double tapping wouldn't work.
    – Firelord
    Jul 10, 2015 at 18:29
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    @LôrdRalfAdolf Easy! I actually agreed (voted the comment), and also said "good finding!" as an appreciation. I just had to mention the reality and I still would say that your suggestion is the best available on this page as of now, provided that the feature is enabled of course. :)
    – Firelord
    Jul 11, 2015 at 1:04

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Try Screen Off and Lock and Screen Lock app from the playstore. You don't need to press the power button or wait for timeout to lock the screen. Just press the icon and it will lock the screen. You can customize the sounds and animation in which an animation plays before locking the screen.

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    Is there any possibility to lock the screen without the need to install an app? Jul 10, 2015 at 13:36
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    AFAIK no there is no way to do that in Stock Android.
    – Lucky
    Jul 10, 2015 at 13:47
  • Thank you for your hints! I finally installed Lock Screen app from F-Droid Store and use it from the home screen dock now. Jul 14, 2015 at 6:59

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