• 12:22 Oct 16, 2019

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How to add a device lock button to your home screen

By: Rahul Gupta, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi Last updated : August 16, 2018 7:40 pm

You don't always need to hit the hardware button to lock your screen as the lock key can now be on your home screen.
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With an increase in the size of the display, devices have become way bigger and one handed operation has become difficult. And with that, if the power key of your device is placed on top of it, accessing it with one hand while doing some work becomes absolutely impossible.
How to add a device lock button
But there is a way and that is adding a lock key on your device's home screen itself. No, you will not have to solder on a hardware button or relocate your power key, but just get a simple, free software utility, Turn Off The Screen.

So here's how you can add a lock screen widget/button on your home screen.

Step 1
How to add a device lock button
Access the Google Android marketplace application from within your phone's application menu.

Step 2
How to add a device lock button
Once it opens, try locating Turn Off The Screen application under the utilities tab. You can also use the search widget to find the Turn Off The Screen application. Alternatively, use the link to locate the application and install it. This is a free to use ad free app, but again from a security point of view make sure to read the permissions asked by any application.

Step 3
How to add a device lock button
Upon installing the application, start it. It will open to the main splash screen that has one main key Enable. Select that to proceed further.

Step 4
How to add a device lock button
The following screen will prompt you to activate administrator privileges on the device. Press Activate to proceed further.

Step 5
How to add a device lock button
Once that is done the application services will be enabled, and two keys will be highlighted. The first one will allow you to add a shortcut key on your home screen. Select the option and a widget will be placed on your screen. If you wish to disable the application, select the disable option and the application will become dormant. You need to disable the app before you can uninstall it.

Step 6
How to add a device lock button
You can now check the widget placed on your screen and instead of the hardware button just hit the widget and it will automatically lock your device, and based on the time-out selected the display will go off.

If you wish to disable or uninstall the app please refer to step 5.

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