How to Change the Galaxy S5 Lockscreen

With the Samsung Galaxy S5 finally here and available around the United States from all major carriers, we’re starting to get a lot of questions from consumers and fans regarding how to perform certain tasks.

If you’re the proud owner of the all-new Samsung Galaxy S5 and want to know how to change and customize that lockscreen on your fancy 5.1-inch smartphone, we have the few simple steps and instructions in a hands-on video below.

Read: Galaxy S5 vs. LG G3: 5 Things You Should Know

The first thing you see every time you use and enjoy the Galaxy S5 is the lockscreen, so naturally it’s completely customizable, even if Samsung doesn’t make that very apparent. Below is a quick video showing you how to customize the Galaxy S5 lockscreen wallpaper, unlock effects and more.


The Samsung Galaxy S5 went on sale last week across the United States, and we’re already getting loads of questions from fans and users looking for more ways to use and enjoy the smartphone. Before we get started you’ll want to check out our 50 Galaxy S5 Tips, Tricks & Hidden Features, then take a peek at the how to video below.

Thankfully changing the Galaxy S5 lockscreen settings, features, wallpaper, and even the animation effects are all quite easy. The settings aren’t spelled out for you, and changing the wallpaper isn’t very obvious, but these tasks are very easy.


For starters you’re going to want to head into the settings panel by sliding down the notification bar from the top of the screen and tapping the gear-shaped icon, or flip through your app tray and find it there. Once in settings you’ll see “lock screen” in the first category of quick settings. This is one of the main areas.

Here you can chance lockscreen security and all of that, but we’re not talking about adding a password, this is how to change the look and features on the lockscreen.

  • Dual Clock – shows both home and current time zones if you’re traveling
  • Clock Size – makes it easier to see by making it bigger or smaller
  • Show the Date – self explanatory, if you want the date shown, keep this checked
  • Camera Shortcut – allows you to instantly unlock to the camera
  • Owner Information – lets users add Twitter handles or other information to the lockscreen
  • Unlock Effect – this changes the entire look and feel of the unlock effect and animation. We prefer watercolor.
  • Additional Info – allows you to add or remove weather and pedometer info from lockscreen.

There isn’t tons of app shortcuts like the HTC One M8 offers, but you can still change all of the options outlined above.

Additionally users will want to change the lockscreen wallpaper to something a bit more personal, which is what we described at the end of the video above. For those who didn’t watch our quick hands-on video, here’s how to change the lockscreen wallpaper on the Galaxy S5.

Just like devices in the past, simply long press anywhere there isn’t an icon on the homescreen. This brings up the edit mode where you can add widgets, change homescreen settings, and also change the wallpaper. Select “wallpaper” as shown below, then choose “lock screen” instead of your homescreen. These can be independent from eachother, or the same photo should you choose.


By default the Galaxy S5 has nine wallpaper options for the lockscreen, but you can always select “more images” and select from your own personal collection of beautiful wallpapers. From here you’ll simply select the wallpaper of choice for your lockscreen and hit the Set Wallpaper button up top. It’s that easy.

You’re all done. The simple steps outlined above are all you need to know in order to customize the Galaxy S5 lockscreen to something a bit more personal. Having the dual clocks and camera shortcuts are nice, but some buyers would rather keep things simple, so luckily we have tons of options.

Read: How to Cut, Copy & Paste on Android

For more details and instructions for all things mobile check out our full GottaBeMobile How To Guide Portal. Expect more and more Galaxy S5 how to’s coming soon, and to learn all about the camera you can start right here.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year, and early reports are showing it will outsell last years popular Galaxy s4. That means millions of customers will be buying this latest smartphone, and surely many will have questions. If you want to know or learn more about anything else with the Galaxy S5, drop us a comment below and we’ll be sure and share more details.


  1. Joe

    04/21/2014 at 6:54 am

    please help if possible. so I select witch locking system I like whether it be the pattern or finger print. then I reset my phone to add the settings. then it works one time then goes back to default swipe setting. please help how I can change this.


  2. Osanya

    04/22/2014 at 6:41 pm

    Did you have to reset your phone to add the settings?


  3. JD

    05/04/2014 at 12:57 pm

    Same here. On att. Kind of pissed off by this….


  4. chris

    05/04/2014 at 5:16 pm

    hi.. i dont seem to have the lock screen wallpaper?


  5. baldypal

    05/13/2014 at 10:53 am

    Anyone know how to add lockscren widgets on S5?


    • spa36

      05/16/2014 at 7:34 am

      Hi… just tap anywhere on the screen then down at the screen you will find 1wallpapers 2widgets 3home screen sett tap on widgets…there you are ;)


      • BaldyPal

        05/16/2014 at 7:51 am

        I think you just described how to add widgets to the homescreen. I’m asking about adding widgets to the lockscreen. On the S4 you had to go into settings > display > multiple widgets. But that setting isn’t on the S5.


  6. spa36

    05/16/2014 at 11:30 pm

    No unfortunately there is no such thing…actually there are some more things that are missing from the s5 like the 5 shortcuts on the lock screen.. sorry I couldn’t help :(


  7. Michael

    05/17/2014 at 7:08 pm

    To add widgets, from any screen, long press an empty spot. You will see Wallpapers, Widgets and Home Screen Settings at the bottom. Select widgets and choose your fave.


  8. Michael

    05/17/2014 at 7:12 pm

    The video on the lock screen appears not up to date.. There is no change effect option on the lock screen settings. On the video, this option appears below owner information. It is not on my phone. The next is additional info .. no option as mentioned. The end of the vid matches mine. However. my problem is that choose other only shows my gallery photos whereas the home screen option has some new options (I think they are live papers) and the installed pure black. I cannot get that on my lock screen unless I also use it for my home screen.


  9. spa36

    05/24/2014 at 2:33 am

    Guys just download “galaxy locker” from play store and you will get at least the shortcuts as on S3 😉😃


  10. Cindy

    05/28/2014 at 8:56 pm

    I do not want the clock on my Galaxy S5 lock screen. It is possible to get it turned off?


    • Michael

      05/29/2014 at 5:45 pm

      If there is, I haven’t found it. Settings>Lock Screen has check boxes to show/not show camera, additional information like weather, select the SIZE of the clock but I don’t see anything to allow you to turn it off.


  11. Ray

    06/03/2014 at 11:13 am

    I have the same problem as Cindy. I wish to REMOVE the clock from lock screen. I Hate it. Has anyone found a way to remove it yet? Please help if you know.


  12. Donna

    07/05/2014 at 2:33 am

    I can’t seem to change the camera settings. I saw most people have a cog icon on their camera screen, but there’s nothing. I can’t zoom or even remove the shutter noise, please help.


  13. Sean M

    07/10/2014 at 10:15 am

    Samsung Galaxy S5 Active: For some reason the system keeps “upping the ante” for the lock screen requirements as I navigate through this rediculous minefield of settings to make this phone work the way it should have out of the box. Now I’m stuck with (as the other options have been subdued as I unintentionally rise up the security levels) strict password protection, which requires 6 characters, and simply cannot find a way to get it down to pin or further to pattern. It tells me in grey that the reason I can’t use the lower security levels is because of three possibilities in settings, but no specifics as to how to navigate to a specific setting involved. OK so thanks Samsung…love the gorilla glass, hate the terrible settings gui. Can anyone help? My level of put up tiveness has been reached and breached.


  14. Jhoe Dhirt

    06/06/2015 at 2:58 pm

    I set up the lick screen. I hate it, but now it doesnt let me undo/turn off lock screen mode ! WTF? Please help, anyone?


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