Last Updated: October 23rd, 2012

Yesterday, we highlighted the hidden "labs" feature in Nova Launcher. Turns out that's not the only of TeslaCoil's apps with a secret menu - popular lockscreen replacement app WidgetLocker has a similar feature, except it's called "experimental." For all intents and purposes, though, it's the same thing.

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It's also activated the same way: simply head into WL's settings menu and hold volume down for 1-2 seconds. Just like with Nova, you'll see a toast notification to let you know that the new menu was successfully unlocked. To disable it, hold volume up for 1-2 seconds. Easy peasy.

Inside this hidden area, you'll find some pretty neat features, many of which are in place to reduce the likelihood of the stock lockscreen showing up instead of WidgetLocker's custom interface. There are also some device-specific tweaks here, like a toggle for the Atrix's fingerprint scanner. There are also some goodies for HTC phones running Sense, and extra features for devices with capacitive buttons.

If you're a WidgetLocker fan, we recommend at least digging around in this menu. It may just unveil something that could improve the overall experience on your particular device.

Thanks to everyone who pointed this out!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/sneakily1 Sneakily Asshat

    And best of all, Direct License Switch for those of us who got it off amazon and can't update but once a year (Anyone else noticed how much the Amazon App store has sucked since the Kindle Fire release?). Worth this feature alone!

  • oneillperson

    Whoa, thanks! I've been using WL for over a year and never knew about this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aWoodenShip Jeremy Harrison

    What I'd really like is a delay option. :(

  • Mike

    Any idea where WidgetLocker stores the Owner Data strings? I'd like to write routines in Tasker to change them.

  • Ricardo Leyva

    Thanks for this! Helped me fix the issue with the Home Screen flashing on when I tried to unlock using the Home button. :-)