I just dumped my iOS device for the sake of Android (iTunes, flash lack and other reasons).

I'm trying to retain the features I got used to on the iOS.

One of them was the ability to start, pause, skip etc. in music while screen is locked:

I'm an Android noob (I'm a .NET dev), I believe there has to be a way to control the device's music in a player-agnostic manner, so I'm rather looking for a "music controls lock-screen" or "music controls FOR my lock-screen" application rather than a "music player with ls controls".

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Is there any similar app/feature on Android?

My device: Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 (YP-G70).

Note my device is locked with a lock pattern.

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*Pictures are downloaded from the web and are for illustration purposes, they do not reflect my own phone / settings.

  • Have you simply tried this? It works out of the box with the default Music app on, like, every device I've seen. Mar 7, 2012 at 0:59
  • @eldarerathis Yes I tried this. and it's cucumbers. I mean it's close to sulfur but is like warehouses. Got me? I didn't get you either. Mar 7, 2012 at 1:10
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    Didn't get what? Start the music app. Lock your screen. Turn it back on. Have you tried that? Do you see music controls when you turn the screen back on? Every reasonably recent device I've ever seen has them. If you don't then you may want to include your specific device in your question. Mar 7, 2012 at 1:14
  • I didn't know what you mean, sorry. Be sure I tried that. I tuned on the music, while it's playing I lock the screen, when I press the on/off button I only see the plain lock screen - no music buttons. Mar 7, 2012 at 1:16
  • @eldarerathis the default Music app on my Gingerbread Galaxy S has never supported this, I'm sure many others don't too
    – GAThrawn
    Mar 7, 2012 at 1:17

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If your built-in music app and lock screen doesn't do this currently, then you can try using WinAmp as your player, that was the first music app I saw that added the transport controls to your lock screen.

Go into WinAmp's settings to find this option:

Use lock-screen player option in WinAmp

Then it should look a bit like this when your phone is locked:

Locked phone with WinAmp's lock screen player

These days most music apps include this feature (I believe including Google Music or Amazon MP3 if you're in the US), try searching the Market for something like lock screen music control to see a selection.

This feature either needs to be built into which ever app you're using to play your music (as above) or you need to switch to using a different lock screen that supports widgets, such as WidgetLocker and then you can choose from available music control add-ons like Media Buttons or Phantom Music Control.

  • Yeah, Google Music should definitely do this (does for me). So do Songbird and Amazon's music player/MP3 store. Mar 7, 2012 at 1:18
  • OK. Do you know of any app that will enable lock-screen buttons for the default player? Mar 7, 2012 at 1:20
  • @elderathis they'd be a great option, it's a pity neither are functional players unless you're in the US
    – GAThrawn
    Mar 7, 2012 at 1:21
  • @eldarerathis I have GMusic installed, but no buttons. Just lock screen. Mar 7, 2012 at 1:22
  • @Shimmy: I wonder if that's got something to do with Samsung's Touchwiz interface, then. Is it the version of Google Music (I guess "Google Play Music", now...ick) that's in the Market or something pre-installed? Mar 7, 2012 at 1:24

I found my solution. This feature is provided in Go Locker.

It's so great, and works with Google Music as well! Very customizable and there are zillion of themes out there. And most important, it's free.

I'm sure you now think I'm affiliated with them, the truth is yes, I use their products and I'm addicted to them, that's it!


Missed the the same thing when I switched from IOS to Android. Don't know if this solves all of your issues, but supports generic controls (notification, widgets, etc) for most media applications.

Media Utilities


Well what i love about Android is that you can be assured you kind of get more than what you just got out of the box. You are not limited to only what has been shipped. My suggestion is go download widget locker. it allows you to add widgets on lock screens.

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    I never pay for apps :} And yes, I'm a dev too. Public apps should be paid by ads :P Mar 7, 2012 at 3:24

Try N 7 player, it supports what you desire and a lot more..

  • I'm looking for a lock-screen that will be integrated with device music status, I believe there should be a general way to control music of the device in an application-agnostic manner. Mar 14, 2012 at 2:48

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