Yesterday, we’ve told you about a method on how to get the Toggle Mod for the Quick Settings menu. Now you can also edit and customize your phone’s Lockscreen using the Lockscreen Widgets Mod tool. This is a guide that works with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and you should read all the instructions that I’ve listed before moving directly to the tutorial.
The new Android 4.2 ROM comes with a lockscreen that supports widgets, but, as you already know, you can only add several in-built widgets. That means that you cannot add 3rd party widgets as it isn’t supported yet, and that’s why I’ve created this post that will teach you how to flash the Lockscreen widgets mod and get new apps for your Android 4.2 Lockscreen.
This application / mod has been released by Kevdliu, an XDA Senior member and you can use his tool to add any widgets you want on your phone’s lockscreen. Read the guidelines below and when you’re done you can continue to the tutorial:
- This file can only be installed on Samsung Galaxy Nexus that runs on deodexed Android 4.2 ROM. It will not work with models that are running a stock firmware.
- Check to see if your ROM is deodexed by using the Solid Explorer for Android app and browse the /system/app directory in your phone. If you find a .odex file extension then your device is not supported by this Lockscreen Widgets Mod and you should flash instead a deodexed ROM for it to work.
- Enable the USB debugging option from your device’s Developer Options. Note that this menu might be disabled on your Android 4.2 ROM and you can enable it by tapping 7 times on the ‘Build number’ in your phone’s About Phone menu.
- The Samsung Galaxy Nexus should be on an unlocked bootloader, it should be rooted and running a custom Recovery image. Without these you cannot flash the files in this article.
- Charge the phone battery so that it won’t discharge before you manage to flash all the necessary files.
- Make sure to create a NANDROID backup of your currently installed ROM. This is a required step so that in case something goes wrong and your phone doesn’t boot after installation, then you should be able to use its backup file. In the tutorial you will find a step that tells you how to do it, in case you don’t know how to use CWM Recovery, ROM Manager, ROM toolbox or any other similar application.
- Don’t skip any steps I’ve listed and make sure that you won’t blame us in case something goes wrong and your phone is bricked in the process.
- This is not a guide for novice users.
- If you have any other questions, please post them in the comments field at the end of this post.
These are all the guidelines you had to go through before moving to the tutorial.
How to install Lockscreen Widgets Mod for Samsung Galaxy Nexus that runs on Android 4.2 deodexed ROM:
- Download the Mod zip file from HERE. Save the file on your PC and don’t extract its contents.
- Connect your smartphone to your PC using the USB cable. Copy the Lockscreen Widgets Mod zip on its internal SD card. After you move the file you should unplug the phone from PC.
- Power off your Galaxy Nexus completely.
- Boot the CWM Recovery mode now. It can be done by firstly booting the ‘bootloader mode’ using the ‘volume up’, ‘volume down’ and ‘power’ buttons at the same time. Select the ‘Recovery mode’ from the Bootloader Mode and then press Power to confirm.
- When you’re to the main CWM Recovery screen you should select the ‘backup and restore’ option. Select ‘backup’ now and create a full NANDROID backup of your phone’s current ROM. When the backup is complete you can move to the next step. Also, if you already made such backup before moving to the tutorial, you don’t have to repeat the ROM backup process.
- Now, choose ‘install zip from sdcard’ and then, from the next menu select ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the Lockscreen Widgets Mod zip and confirm that you want to install it.
- When the installation is finished you will need to return to the main CWM Recovery screen. If the update fails then you should remove the phone battery and then re-insert it, repeat the entire tutorial once again.
- If the update was complete, then you can now select ‘reboot system now’.
- The Galaxy Nexus will now restart and it will boot into normal Android 4.2 mode.
- These were all the instructions that you had to follow and now you should begin to add your favorite widgets to your Nexus lockscreen.
NOTE: In case your device doesn’t boot after the installation of the Lockscreen Widgets Mod, then it means that your ROM is not compatible with the file. That is why you had to boot again into CWM recovery mode and use the ‘Backup and Restore’ menu to restore your Galaxy Nexus with the ROM backup file you created before starting the installation process.
I think that I’ve given you all the info you needed in order to get this new customization file on your Galaxy Nexus device. If you have any other concerns or in case you find any errors/ bugs, then you should leave a comment at the end of this article.