HTC One M8 lockscreen

App shortcuts are easy to switch out on the new HTC One, with one caveat

HTC was one of the first Android manufacturers to allow for app shortcuts in its lock screen, giving quick access to some of your most frequently used applications without actually having to unlock the phone first. That feature returns on the HTC One M8.

By default, you've got four app shortcuts on the lock screen: Phone, Messages (texting), Internet and Camera.

But what if you want different apps there? It's pretty simple to switch out.

When it comes to the apps that you see in the lock screen, there's really just one thing you need to know: They're slaved to whatever you have in the dock on the main HTC home screen. If you want to swap out one app for another — say, Gmail instead of HTC's default email app, just tap and hold on the app you want to remove. Then either drag it out of the dock and drop it elsewhere on the home screen, or drag it all the way to the top of the screen, to the "Remove" area, to get rid of it altogether.

If you want to have folders in your dock, you can, and they translate over to the lock screen as well. The only real difference is if select a folder from the lock screen, it'll just open it up to the home screen and not actually open a specific app that resides in the folder.

One final note on the lock screen dock — remember that it's slaved to HTC's BlinkFeed launcher. You're still free to install any third-party launcher, and you'll still have app shortcuts on your lockscreen. You'll just have to remember to switch back to the HTC BlinkFeed launcher if you want to change what's on the lockscreen.

For example: I use Action Launcher. If I want to change the app shortcuts on the lock screen, I have to clear Action Launcher as the default launcher, open BlinkFeed back up, change what's in the dock, then set Action Launcher as the default launcher once more. (If you're the type who uses a third-party launcher, it's probably not that big a deal, but it's good to know how it works.) And that's it.

For more, be sure to hit up our HTC One M8 forums, and read our complete HTC One M8 review.


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How to change the apps in your HTC One M8 lock screen dock


Is there a music widget for Google Music on the lock screen when playing music? The last time I used Sense there was not and that was a major downside for me.

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I think its a good implementation to use the home screen dock as the setting for the lock screen shortcuts. Instead of digging through settings to change it. Although it may be a bit clunky with a different launcher...

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Yeah. But I figure if you're using another Launcher, you probably know how to clear defaults, right?

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Yeah of course. So it shouldn't be that big of a deal. Besides, how often would you really change them? I know I hardly messed with them on my M7 or note 2.

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This may be the best implementation for a number of people but certainly not for everyone. It'd be nice to have a setting to de-couple the two. I generally keep direct dial shortcuts (and the sort) on my lock screen that I don't keep on my dock...

Off topic, but it's such a shame the camera is circa 2008. I was intent on getting this phone but I do quite a bit of photo capturing and the camera on this is lamentably sub-par :(
Maybe they will upgrade it in the HTC One M8 Max.

Don't forget there's Widget Locker that can sit on top of your lock screen. ;)

I'm actually surprised that HTC Sense still doesn't let you set different lock screen apps/folders than your home screen dock. That's a few years old. Some people may not want the same icons on the lock screen as on their home screen. C'mon, HTC, get with the times!

Ditto! Honestly I don't think majority of the ppl out there will want their lockscreen shortcuts to mirror their homescreen dock.

I down loaded a couple of ringtones from Google Music but they went into my music folder to just play. Is there a way to get them on my phone to use as a ring tone?

What if you're using Google Kitkat icons? I want to be able to have the same icons on the lock screen that I use on my launcher. I want the blue phone app on the lock screen so is that possible?