Is there any way to change the default swipe unlock screen on a galaxy S phone? I find that unlocking the screen usually requires a few attempts and is difficult for me to do with just one hand (heh, ironically the screen is too large to swipe across). I'm currently using a Captivate.

  • I am interested too in the answer.... i want the swipe of that galaxy 5... Is it possible... ? Nov 18, 2010 at 5:40
  • my samsung mesmerize doesnt have "change screen lock" Why might this be? I really want the puzzle unlock to be my standard unlock
    – DOug
    Jan 8, 2011 at 21:50
  • Help i tried what matthew reed said to do but i sont seem to have a change screen lock option. Bought phone (galaxy s) 2 weeksago off craigslist. It doesnt seem to have many options unlike my friend who has the same exact phone (his has a bunch load of options)
    – Destiny
    Jan 8, 2011 at 21:51
  • If I install WidgetLocker, then will I still have the Puzzle Piece lock screen for text and calls? I really like that part, I just don't like the default unlock swipe.
    – elijahblake
    Jan 8, 2011 at 21:51
  • Unfortunatly no, you will lose those features.
    – Faken
    Jan 8, 2011 at 21:51

3 Answers 3


WidgetLocker (on the market) provides HTC-like, iPhone-like, Motorola-like, and Rotary style unlock screens. Really superb app.


You don't need to install an app for this. Settings -> Location and security -> Change screen lock. There are 3 other options. I use Pattern because it's cool and easy for one hand, and relatively secure. The Puzzle lock the easiest though.

  • thePattern option is , on my Galaxy S phone, situated under the Screen unlock settings - meaning, I think, that this has nothing to do with the swype action of the lock screen (the other options suggest that: None, PIN and Password. Or am I wrong ? Or is the none option the normal screen with the green and red button ?
    – Edelcom
    Mar 29, 2011 at 10:28
  • I can't really speak to what your phone does if it's different, but don't have to swipe anything while I'm using the pattern lock. Mar 29, 2011 at 12:48

Search on the market, there are unlock screens that forces you to do random math puzzle, play a ball game, and there is an app aptly named "No Lock" that simply disables the lock screen, and requiring you to press the hardware lock button to unlock.

  • Well, the goal was to be able to get access to the phone faster so the no lock was the most help. I still think HTC's down swipe unlock is best though. Any idea if there is anything similar to that on the market?
    – Faken
    Nov 18, 2010 at 9:19

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