Today, we’re telling you about another cool root-only app. GravityBox lets you add app shortcuts to your lockscreen for easy, instant access.

The helpful Android customization is an Xposed module. It does more than just add shortcuts to your lockscreen (it can be used to customize pretty much everything) but the lockscreen shortcuts are one of its most popular functions.

What You Need

-A relatively modern rooted Android device

-You will need to have flashed the Xposed Framework

-You will need to have used the Xposed installer to find the correct version of GravityBox

Got it? Let’s look at the step by step instructions.

Step by Step Guide to Adding Shortcuts to your Lockscreen

Step 1) Open GravityBox and tap the Lockscreen tweaks section

Step 2) Look for the Shortcuts option (it’s one of the top options) and tap on it

Step 3) Consider turning on Safe launch, which prevents the apps from being accidentally launched while your phone is in your pocket. Safe launch forces you to double tap on each lock screen shortcut or else it won’t open.

Step 4) Tap on an available slot in your list (you should see 6 different slots)

Step 5) By default, the app will open up a list of all your installed applications. Pick the application you like from the list. Or, if you need to see more applications, hit the Applications dropdown menu at the top, then choose a system shortcut instead of an app.

Add as many system shortcuts and apps you like (as long as it’s fewer than 6).

How to Change your Lockscreen Icons

Not all of your app shortcut icons will look good on your lockscreen.

Fortunately, GravityBox even lets you control this. Tap the icon on the right hand side of any of your activated shortcut slots. Then, choose a new icon from a built-in set of icons. GravityBox has nice-looking icons for a variety of common phone functions (like calculator, alarm, and camera). You may be able to find your app from the list.

Ultimately, by following this guide, you can get your lockscreen to look like this:


How cool is that?

Once again, this app requires root access and the Xposed Framework in order to function correctly.

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