Last week, my LG Optimus V started having a strange problem. Steps:

  1. Open Clock
  2. Tap "Alarms" icon at the bottom of the screen
  3. I must enter my pattern to access alarms
  4. Do anything else in Clock
  5. … ?
  6. Exiting Clock requires entering lock pattern

This happened once before, but I don't remember what I did to fix it, or even if I did anything (it might have just fixed itself).

Had anyone else had this problem? What did you do to fix it?

Edit: The screen is locking when the main Clock screen (Activity?) is displayed. Exiting from Alarms (for example) doesn't require unlocking the phone again.

Edit (2011-12-20): My solution was to download Alarm Clock Launcher and just bypass opening Clock. My Optimus still has this issue; we'll see if I end up having it on my new Motorola Triumph.

  • Have you tried clearing the cache and/or data for the Clock app? This might help: android.stackexchange.com/questions/13347/…
    – ale
    Sep 24, 2011 at 3:02
  • All that did was delete my alarms. :-/
    – dgw
    Sep 25, 2011 at 9:30
  • This resolved itself a day or two ago. I have no idea how. Wish I could vote to close.
    – dgw
    Nov 9, 2011 at 8:11
  • The issue has returned. Perhaps I shouldn't have been so hasty in requesting that this question be closed.
    – dgw
    Nov 13, 2011 at 10:48

2 Answers 2


I haven't figured out what the problem was, but I did find a workaround for my particular use case: Install Alarm Clock Launcher (donate version).

That way, I can change the alarm clock settings without having to unlock my device twice.


I had the same problem. Phone screen used to get locked when i tried to access clock(from widget or from home.) Had to disable the lock pattern.

Anyhow, my solution:

  1. goto -> setting -> applications -> Manage Applications -> Running -> Clock
  2. Clear data.

activated the lock pattern & clock was working now!!


  • Sounded like it was worth a try. Tried: disable screen lock security and clear data for Clock, then 1) set up lock pattern & test Clock and (after clearing/disabling again) 2) run Clock then reconfigure screen lock. No joy. It sounded so plausible, too. :-/
    – dgw
    Oct 20, 2011 at 21:01

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