The lock screen on your Android 14 phone can be customized conveniently and according to your own tastes.

With the update, you have a larger update field for the clock and widgets on the lock screen.

To change the clock style – start by opening Settings, then tap Wallpaper & Style > Lock Screen. You can go to the same screen by tapping and holding the lock screen and then selecting – Customize Lock Screen.

Swipe left or right on the lock screen image to switch between the different available analog and digital clock styles.

Click on “Watch Color & Size” and then “Color” to choose a shade for the clock font. You can adjust the brightness of the shade using the slider at the bottom.

Go to “Size” to choose a dynamic clock (which resizes depending on what else is on the lock screen) or a small clock (which always stays small).

For more lock screen options, go back to the Lock Screen tab on the Wallpaper & Style page.

Another novelty: scroll down and tap “Shortcuts” to select quick links that will appear in the bottom left and right corners of the lock screen. You can choose from the following options: Camera, Do Not Disturb, Flashlight, Home, Mute, QR Code Scanner, Camcorder, Wallet, or None.

Select “Privacy” to show or hide “sensitive content” in notifications (for example, previews of incoming messages and emails).

If you’ve set up your phone for multiple users, you can enable the “Add Users from Lock Screen” feature.

Tap “Add Text to Lock Screen” to display a message — perhaps your contact details (in case your phone gets lost) or a personal mantra to help you through the day.

The “Use Device Controls” toggle determines whether you can control various Google Home devices (such as smart lights) from the Quick Settings panel without unlocking your phone.

The double-line clock toggle determines whether the clock is inverted by two lines when the lock screen is blank.

If your Android phone supports always-on display, you’ll see a toggle for “Always show time and information.” Turn this on so that the watch and any notifications are always displayed on the screen, but keep in mind that this will affect the battery life of the device.

Android now also allows you to set the colors of the operating system (menu backgrounds, fonts, accents, etc.) using a palette based on the selected wallpaper. On the System Colors page, tap Wallpaper Colors.

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