When I went hands-on with Facebook's new launcher a few days ago, I stepped away pleased with the overall experience, but felt that it lacked a lot of the features a power user (or even a regular user who does stuff) would like. Still, I found the "lock screen" functionality to be a very pleasant experience – turning my phone on to nothing more than a scrolling photo and the time is very minimal and relaxing. I even made the comment that I wish I could use it as my lockscreen and return to Nova for my actual launcher. Turns out doing just that is actually extremely easy.

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Basically, you need to set your favorite launcher as the default (you can clear this in Settings > Apps if you've already set Home as your default), but don't disable Home. If you leave the option to "see Home when screen turns on" enabled but don't actually have it set as the default launcher, then you'll see Home as the lock screen, but can return to your favorite launcher with a quick tap of the home button. It's basically the perfect balance (in my opinion) for those who wish to use Home but don't want to sacrifice the functionality of a "full" launcher.


Thanks, Maff Mace!

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.

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    I did that the day it released. I didn't get all the hate regarding Home when it worked fantastic as a lockscreen, you could even quickly access apps with a swipe up without unlocking to your launcher.

  • http://profiles.google.com/kwillsrepsbk Kevin Williams

    I did this the day it was out, thought it was cool, that's until i saw a post/pic of this girl i had some type of feelings for, seeing her face completely ruined my mood and that's when i decided, yeah, i am deleting this.

    • nxtiak

      What you see on FB Home lockscreen is the same you'll see on your Facebook Timeline, so why not delete your FB account or UNFRIEND her.

      • http://profiles.google.com/kwillsrepsbk Kevin Williams

        I got a lot of family/friends who doesn't live here in the states and as much as it pains me to say this, unfortunately, without Facebook trying to keep in contact with them would be rather expensive or extremely difficult...as for her, i rather not deal with her asking why i unfriend her.

        • andy_o

          You don't have to, just hide her stuff from your timeline. But something makes me suspect you're just making excuses and don't really want to.

          • rikomenzies

            This all just got very real and personal.

        • Jim Crossley

          cheer up kev! more fish etc!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    I did this for a few days but it kept turning my screen on by itself so I uninstalled it. T-Mobile Note 2.

  • José Daniel Alfaro Gutiérrez

    ...I actually found that by accident, but as you said, seems like the sweet spot...

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=663640163 Jonathan McKenzie

    I've been doing that since Friday lol

  • Christopher Robert

    is it really worth going through the trouble of doing this? For real? For really real? ....

    Come on...

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

      yeah i just dont see the pt of it. just another battery drain

      • http://twitter.com/edur0m3r Lalo Romero

        I dont know you guys im a tech guys and even tho i hate facebook ill use it for a week so i can actually say its a battery drain and its awful not just from some pics and videos

  • mavericksid

    I still like using my slide lockscreen on "Rootbox ROM" with lockscreen challenge minimized and putting "Dashclock" widget on it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/OpenIntro Eric Vaughan

    Thanks for this! This is exactly what I had been saying I wanted. The launcher is awful. The home screen is actually kind of nice.

  • Jivester

    Now I just wish Flipboard would make a lockscreen replacement... That would be something that I wouldn't be embarrassed to keep on my phone and would keep me interested!

    • Jivester

      Actually, Google should release an api for a lockscreen replacement, kinda like the current implementation but more expansive like FB's home

  • John O’Connor

    Thanks Cameron, I thought I was the only one that could see the utility in this for those who are very facebook centric. I don't spend much time, if any, on FB since I am mostly a G+ user, but since trying home but removing it as a launcher, I have yet to remove it as my lock screen. I wish G+ would come out with a similar lockscreen.

  • http://www.talltechtales.com/ Mattias

    Exactly what I'm doing...I like how it looks and I like the chat heads as well. I just don't use it as a launcher.

  • Jesus Urrabieta

    I'm using exactly that config.

    Unfortunately I'll have to ditch FBH all along. My problem with it is the same as my general problem with FB: My friends doesn't know how to compartmentalize their posts and I get a lot of crap I don't care about, less having it on my lock screen... If only people used FB more like G+...

    I'm just thinking on ditching friends and family in FB and just follow some good photographers ;)

  • porter86

    It's probably a stupid question but is there security on it? Can you have pattern unlock still?

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      Not from the app itself. But android will force a pattern lock

  • Ashley Rhodes

    I just want to disable the damn facebook home lockscreen sound

  • Anson Lobo

    I completely agree... One reason Facebook home is really good is every time i turn on the phone there is something different to look at.. a new pic.. a new saying.. a joke...a new news feed... so the phone is always interesting.

    I use this along with Nova launcher and still have my widgets and the works on the homescreen. So i'm happy... Its like FB Home provides a ever changing lock screen theme. And chat heads... simply a brilliant idea... wonder how i managed without it till now.

  • http://twitter.com/IamCubeSoul The President

    Why on earth you want to use such application? i now have a doubt that FB CEO founded FB, look there is ADWLaucher, NEXT Launcher this are the only Launchers that can blow your mind, if you using iPhone, you try the two Launchers you will never use it again.

  • bobbylee Budde

    I would like credit on this article. I wrote and posted videos on how Facebook home was more for a lock screen. In this article is what I said. Not trying to start a problem but. Most of what is written and said is what I wrote and said the day and the day after the release of Facebook Home. Please give
    Credit where its do. To the little guys