The long planned, much anticipated update to WidgetLocker that adds themes has been released, and it's every bit as awesome as we expected. Perhaps the best part about it is that there's already a broad selection of themes available in the XDA thread, and it's likely that number will increase substantially as time goes on thanks to the groundwork laid by previous WL mods.

WL_theme1 WL_theme2 WL_theme3

Once you find a theme you like, installation is very, very easy:

1) When clicking on a link in the form of http://…foo.wltheme.zip, chose WidgetLocker to open the link rather then your browser. WidgetLocker will download and install the theme.

2) Open the Theme.wltheme.zip file on your phone (From the Downloads window or Astro or similar). You may be asked which app to open it with, you can safely say “Select default” and chose WidgetLocker. WidgetLocker will only be the default for “.wltheme.zip” files, not all zip files.

Then you’ll see an install screen as shown on the right where. After installing, the theme will be an option when adding a custom slider.

3) Alternatively, you may manually copy the “Theme.wltheme.zip” file to your SD Card. The theme files should be placed in:


For example:


[Source: Tesla Coil]

The update brings a slew of smaller improvements, as well:

What's in this version:

  1. NOTE: If you previously "modded" WidgetLocker, you most likely need to uninstall your modded version before updating. http://goo.gl/AXd63
  2. If you don't like the update and want to revert to 1.2: http://goo.gl/3fWel
  3. Faster, smoother, better
  4. User Themes http://goo.gl/XRAmu
  5. Resizable Widgets and Sliders
  6. Custom grid size.
  7. Custom Sliders of all styles
  8. Notification Badges via ADWNotifier
  9. User selectable icons for sliders
  10. Charging/alarm status widget
  11. Improved Landscape
  12. Gingerbread Optimizations
  13. Fixes

For details, including how to create your own theme, head on over to Tesla Coil's WidgetLocker page. Don't have WidgetLocker? Scan the QR code, or hit up the Market link below.

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.widgetlocker

[Source: Market, Tesla Coil]

Aaron Gingrich
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  • http://www.jaduncan.com James Duncan

    Does this also offer an actual lock screen (ie. pattern lock)?

    • Aaron Gingrich

      I'm not positive, and at the moment I'm not running WL (it's not even installed, after I accidentally wiped my device a few days ago...), but I don't think so. That's going by memory though, so I could definitely be wrong.

    • http://teslacoilsw.com Kevin TeslaCoil

      WidgetLocker doesn't include security however you can use your device's pattern lock.
      You'll see WidgetLocker first, swipe to dismiss that, then you'll see the pattern lock screen. This works best on stock android or HTC android. Motorola Android may have the swipe screen before the pattern sometimes, working on it.

  • http://www.anivision.org Xcom923

    I just uninstalled this app because it didn't work with GB, looks like I'm going back though. I'll report on it later

    • http://www.anivision.org Xcom923

      So far I'm lovin it. I don't think it offers pattern unlock @James but that's not really what this app is all about. it's really to customize the lock screen and not secure the screen.

    • Xcom923

      >_< Looks like the new version still didn't correct the problem with saving widgets after a reboot in Gingerbread.