How to Add App Shortcuts to Your Lock Screen on the Samsung Galaxy S4

Tired of having to unlock your Samsung Galaxy S4 to access your favorite apps? Then you’ll want to add your favorite app shortcuts to the S4’s home screen. To do this:

  1. Open the Settings menu and tap the My Device tab at the top of the screen.


  2. Tap Lock Screen, check the box next to Multiple Widgets and move the slider next to the Shortcuts tab from the Off to On position.

  3. Tap Lock Screen Widgets and move the slider next to the Favorite Apps or Camera tab from the Off to On position.

  4. Tap Favorite Apps or Camera, select either your Favorite Apps or Camera app on the lock screen and press Save at the top of the screen.

    The next time you see the phone’s lock screen, you’ll be able to swipe to the right and view a box with 12 shortcuts that will take you directly to apps. You can edit this list by tapping the pen icon in its lower left corner. (Editors’ Note: Enabling this feature was erratic at best, resulting in us having to swipe the lock screen multiple times before we were able to edit the app shortcuts.)

    Shortcuts on Lock Screen

    5. Toggle Shortcuts to On.

    Select Shortcuts on the Lock Screen

    6. Tap Shortcuts. A screen with a list of five shortcuts appears. These shortcuts will appear at the bottom of your lock screen.

    Set Shortcuts

    7. Tap the shortcuts you wish to change. When you tap each one, you will be shown a screen with a list of all apps. Select a replacement app for each. If you want to replace the phone dialer with Facebook, for example, you’d just tap the phone dialer icon then select Facebook on the subsequent menu.

    Galaxy S4 Lock Screen Choose App

Daniel P. Howley
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A newspaper man at heart, Dan Howley wrote for Greater Media Newspapers before joining He also served as a news editor with ALM Media’s Law Technology News, and he holds a B.A. in English from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
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  1. paradisecircus Says:

    You said you had to swipe multiple times on lock screen to access the list of shortcuts with the edit button. You have to swipe left to right across the very top of the lock screen directly under the notification bar. Will open every time.

  2. Jano smithereens Says:

    My phone for some stupid odd reason does not have the toggle for shortcuts?!

  3. Logan Says:


    This helped massively for the lockscreen shortcuts!!!!!

  4. Michel Says:

    I neither have a multiple widget nor a toogle for shortcuts

  5. Ben Says:

    Unfortunately won’t work if there is any kind of security on the lock screen (pin or password)

    Thus completely useless: who wants to have a smartphone without locking it?

  6. Eddie Says:

    after the last OTA update there are no more lockscreen shortcuts. configuration menu removed by samsung.

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