For whatever reason, there are some users who absolutely can't stand Android 4.2's new lockscreen features, like widgets and the left-to-right swipe gesture that opens the camera. There's even a list of "bugs" with lockscreen widgets over at reddit, citing everything from simple widget removal to the glowing rectangle when the device is unlocked as reasons to hate the feature.

If you fall into that camp and wish you could just get rid of the new tweaks, we have good news: there's a new app that lets you do just that. It's called Lockscreen Policy, and, in a nutshell, disabling 4.2's lockscreen features is its sole task.

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In order for the app to do its thing, you'll first have to make it a device administrator. Past that, you're only a couple toggles away from disabling the features you don't want.

Lockscreen Policy is free in the Play Store - hit the widget to grab it.

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://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

    Hope to see something like this implemented in future Android releases.

  • CĂ©dric Tremblay

    I seem to have some slight annoyances with the new lockscreen, but I would never remove it.

    It looks like there's a sliiightly longer delay when I press the power button to close/open the screen (mostly when closing).

    Google Now also seem to take sliiiightly longer to launch when initiated from the lockscreen.

    Oh well.

    • blix247

      This. If it didn't feel slower it wouldn't be such a big deal. There is a noticeable delay for sliding to unlock, and swipes left and right. The older way was better if you didn't have security enabled.

      • http://twitter.com/Twitteninja ZZ

        "The older way was better if you didn't have security enabled."

        Hard to call until we know whether the lag is caused by the new lockscreen or just happens to co-exist with the new lockscreen. 4.2 feels laggy in general at times so I'm inclined to go with the later.

    • carbonated_turtle

      I noticed this right away, and it's one of many things that really annoys me about this "update". The wait time to turn on my screen is anywhere from 1 second to almost 10 seconds now, and it's always a guess how long it'll take. I really hope they're working around the clock to either scrap 4.2 entirely, and let us downgrade/upgrade to 4.1, or get 4.3 released in the next week.

      In the future I won't be downloading any updates until they've been out for a few days. I'm really shocked Google would drop the ball like this.

      • Mack

        If you have Nexus just flash the 4.1.1 or 4.1.2 factory image to downgrade, it's pretty easy.

        • carbonated_turtle

          Sure, that's one option, but it does nothing to make Google realize that they screwed up. I'd rather have an admission of guilt from Google, an apology, and the ability to downgrade with a single tap of my finger. This is a PR nightmare for Google at the height of the tablet wars.

          • mrsbelpit

            Hyperbole much? This comment is beyond ridiculous.

          • carbonated_turtle

            No, not at all. I'm not going to go out of my way to fix a problem that Google hasn't even acknowledged yet. Did you get your phone/tablet for free? Because I didn't, and I don't expect to be screwed by the companies I've given money to.

            People like you are the reason that many large companies no longer offer any real customer support. If the customers don't give a fuck, why should the corporations?

          • mrsbelpit

            Give me a fucking break. You said you want an admission of guilt and an apology from a multinational corporation for lag in Google Now? And this is a PR nightmare when it seems to be happening only to you or maybe a few people? That's hyperbole of the highest order. Try a factory reset, and if that doesn't work, get on the phone and get your money back.

          • carbonated_turtle

            It's funny, you recognize the existence of Google, but you don't seem to be aware of their search engine. Hell, you could even try reading through some of the comments on this page that say the same things I've said.

            But what a brilliant solution. Rather than having the guilty party address and fix the problem, I should just go through the hassle of having to backup my tablet and do a factory reset on it. I really hope you don't work in IT, because your solution to buy a new computer every time someone has a problem, isn't one that's going to be helpful to anyone.

          • TheUI

            Hey. The avatar. WTFennec?

          • mrsbelpit

            WTFennec Fox? That's what I'm going to call it now.

      • QwietStorm

        Scrap 4.2 or release 4.3 in a week? At least try to be realistic. If there are bugs, the bugs will be addressed, probably 4.2.1 or something of the like. The fact that you put update in quotes shows you're very upset about this, nut we all know these things happen with software. I just don't see why these particular bugs are that serious. Curious though, what device are you using where its taking 10 seconds for it to wake up?

        • carbonated_turtle

          A brand spanking new Nexus 7, that would previously take less than a second to turn on. Now it's anyone's guess how long it's going to take. I just don't see a single redeeming thing about this update. I would be extremely happy if the ugly clock was the only issue I had with the update, but it's not.

          They've taken my once mighty tablet, and needlessly messed with it. I have apps that mysteriously no longer work, longer wait times, very noticeable lag at times on the home screen, and all so they could add multi-user capability, a feature that most people clearly never wanted.

          Google needs to pay closer attention to what their customers want, and focus less on trying to be innovative.

          • QwietStorm

            Well I'm sure you'd agree that's another benefit of owning a nexus. You KNOW a fix will be coming soon enough. Do you have multi user accounts active? I also disagree with your last sentence. I think Google is giving people what they want, while being innovative, even though I feel like that word is thrown around a little loosely in general. They already know the have the power to delete the month of December. Just have to deal with annoyances for a little bit until they push out a fix.

          • carbonated_turtle

            I was actually tempted to put innovative in quotations, but didn't want to overuse them. While I am pretty sour about this update, I still have a lot of faith in Google's ability to give me what I want.

            What worries me is that I've seen this before with Microsoft. At one time they had the most used OS in the world, and now after many failed attempts at trying something new, they're struggling to stay relevant. I love change, I just hate change for the sake of change. I think updates are great when updates are required, but I never noticed a bug on my Nexus in the 3 weeks I used it prior to this update, now I've noticed a few.

            I just hope that Google knows that they've annoyed their customers, and fixes these errors in judgment in a timely fashion. The only way to learn from your mistakes is to first recognize them.

          • loldroid

            I agree with the N7 part: Mine does feel much slower. But "Google needs to pay closer attention to what their customers want, and focus less on trying to be innovative." is probably the biggest pile of crap I've read in a while. The multi-user capability is a huge milestone in the tablet industry. This is what most tablet users criticized (especially those with families/children). Besides there were so many "wow-moments" in previous updates where I just thought "how did Google know that I wanted this?"

  • Davy Jones

    I know this is for the super-security conscious, those who are afraid to even allow picture-taking on their devices without a password, but it seem like such a silly app. Like making an app that disables every single Jellybean feature on the Nexus 4 and reverts it back to Froyo for those people who want to kick it old school.

  • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

    We're slowly coming to a place where we won't need root to do these things

  • change it back

    Glad this is out there and as soon as i can get hold of a nexus 4 this will be going on it. I just hate the way the lockscreen looks with those silly blue lines at the edges of the screen showing you where to swipe for the widgets/camera. This is the only reason i will be removing the widgets... i hate it that much! Now only if there was an app to change the stupid looking bold hour on the clock and clock app!

    • change it back

      Also the red font in the clock app. I mean WTF is that about, it looks a joke.

  • Trevor Edwards

    "Ugh, for some reason that I cannot fathom, people don't like the idea of other people reading their emails, in any portion. If you're one of those completely paranoid and slightly retarded people, here's an app to help you feel more secure."

    "There are a fair number of users that do not care for the implementation of 4.2's lockscreen widgets and would rather see the functionality disabled. This app allows just that."

    Either avoid passing judgement on people for what they want or be completely blunt about it. None of this half-assed crap, please.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Are you kidding me? Way to twist my words into some absurd hyperbole. I didn't say "for some reason that I cannot fathom," I said "For whatever reason," meaning there are many reasons. Several. More than one. A few. A bunch, gaggle, or flock.

      Further, I didn't say a word about the mail widget - but here's a novel idea: if you don't want someone reading your email, don't use the mail widget. Problem solved.

      I didn't pass judgement on anyone - personally, I couldn't care less if you want to disable the features or not. That's your call. But to come here and manipulate my words into some patronizing bullshit is just uncalled for.

      • Trevor Edwards

        The first few lines came across as condescending, especially with "bugs" in quotes. I'm just saying that comes off as judgmental, whether it intended to or not. The rest of your post doesn't. I didn't twist your words, either. I gave two examples of writing to show clearer meaning, depending on what you are intending to convey. "For whatever meaning" is ambiguous and can easily be seen as dismissive. For example, "for whatever reason, some people think Justin Bieber is talented." The context you provided didn't clear up the impression that you were being dismissive.

        What's disappointing is that all of this needed to be explained, because in all honesty, my original post was intended as humor. If that failed, meh, I'll move on and try something else.

  • Simon Belmont

    I don't hate the lockscreen widgets. I think the implementation is a bit less than intuitive though.

    It feels a bit half-baked. If they can improve on it in a minor point update (perhaps the one that adds December back into the People app), that would be great.

    • spydie

      Lockscreen? what a waste of time. I always turn it off. Most don't put a password on it anyway, so what's the point, just two more moves before you can open an app.

      • Simon Belmont

        I guess it's useful if you accidentally turn on the screen in your pocket. Instead of launching random apps or pocket dialing someone.

        You have a point though. Most people don't password their phone.

        • Melissa Peterson

          The lockscreen widgets can't open the app without the screen being unlocked first so there would be no accidental opening and with the lock set to none there is no lockscreen anymore.

  • satish