Till Windows 7, there is not many customizing options available for the Windows Lock Screen. To the maximum, you can change the profile picture and the background of your lock screen using some simple tweaks. In Windows 8 and 8.1, Microsoft added a few more options like Wallpaper Slideshow, installed apps on the lock screen, calendar, alarm, etc.. Also, the user can enable the default camera app on the lock screen to take pictures.
Previously, I wrote about Start Screen Unlimited to customize the Windows 8 Start Screen and Ultimate Windows Tweaker to customize all the possible settings in your Windows machine. Today, I’ve come with a new application called “Lockscreenify”, an app from the Windows store to customize and add more features to your Windows 8/8.1 lock screen.
Lockscreenify has both free and premium versions, the free version of the app is ad supported. If you want to remove ads, you can buy the app for $6. As soon as you download and complete the installation, it will walk you through the instructions to create your own lock screen. After you complete the instructions, it will take you to the home screen, where you will first see the “Configure my Lockscreen” tile, then some sample templates and popular lock screens created using this application.
To start customizing your lock screen, select the “Configure my Lockscreen” tile on the app’s home screen. In the first step, you need to select a template. There will be both free and premium templates. As of now, you can choose a free template and move on to step two. In the next step, you need to choose the necessary applications or web services to fetch the data for the widgets in the template. For instance, if that template has a widget to show weather, you’ve to choose your current location to fetch the weather details.
After choosing all the necessary source, click the “Step 3” button below to choose your background. You have three choices in choosing the background. Either you can choose solid colors or existing wallpapers from the app or you can choose the third category to change the wallpaper according to the weather conditions. Once you select the wallpaper, click the “Preview” button and it will generate your lock screen and show a preview. If you are okay with it, click the “Configure Lockscreen” button below the “Preview” and you will get a pop-up to confirm the app to run in the background. Click “Allow”, so that it can sync automatically and give you the recent data.
That’s all, you can see the custom lock screen on your Windows machine. If you are interested in customizing your Windows 8 PC, Lockscreenify is worth giving a try. Share your experience with the app in the comments. Thanks for reading, do share this post with your friends.