Remove full screen album art from lockscreen?General


  1. NaNaNiii

    NaNaNiii Active Member

    Is there a way to disable the full screen album art on lock screen when playing Music? IMO it looks ugly and some of the pictures can get very pixelated. The previous widget before the KitKat update where there was a list of song was so much better. Is there any way to revert to that?

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  2. Smokescreen17

    Smokescreen17 Member

    I agree. This feature is atrocious, and the album art really isn't really formatted to fit your typical screen size so it looks terrible. Did they actually try testing this before releasing it? Why force people to accept this change rather than making it an option? Please help if there is a way to disable this.
  3. MYKEL61

    MYKEL61 Well-Known Member

    I second that comment SMOKESCREEN.. It looks awful and I find the old format much more user friendly too... I hope someone figures out to get rid of this.
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  4. Smokescreen17

    Smokescreen17 Member

    I use the music player daily and this is getting quite annoying. The album art is designed for square dimensions, and almost any android has dimensions that are rectangular. The artwork looks like garbage, and it would be really nice to have the old widget back on the lock screen. Any ideas?
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  5. Tsepz_GP

    Tsepz_GP Well-Known Member Contributor

    I agree to, the old way with the Music widget that had the Playlist was so much more refined and useful, this just looks awful.

    I use a Pattern Lock and I sometimes can't even see the dots if the album art is white in that area, super annoying.
  6. NaNaNiii

    NaNaNiii Active Member

    Another issue I have with the Music Player is that sometimes, it skips to the next song before the previous has finished playing. Is this just me?
  7. Smokescreen17

    Smokescreen17 Member

    I hope someone might have an idea how to do this, because I can't find anything with Google, nor by digging through the phone.
  8. NoodleSauze

    NoodleSauze New Member

    You cant disable the full screen lock screen album art, however you can kinda cheat your way out. Simply, when playing music on the stock samsung music app, open play music and use the home button to get out of play music. Lock your phone and turn on your screen. Idk if this works on every samsung galaxy phone running kitkat but it does work on my note 3.
    NOTE: if you skip or pause music you have to open play music again!
  9. MYKEL61

    MYKEL61 Well-Known Member

    Thanks that does work.. however I have sorta become used to the new look. At first I was PO'd, but it has grown on me.
  10. NoodleSauze

    NoodleSauze New Member

    You`re welcome, I`m sure you`ll get used to the stock lock screen look :p
  11. dr_rezzy

    dr_rezzy New Member

    Simply put, album art on the lock screen is a privacy leak. No one needs to know what music I am listening to, but the album art on the lock screen pretty much broadcasts it. Also, I can barely input my lock pattern if the album art is light colored. So in terms of a feature, this is as bad as it gets. However, I found a fix... Rocket Player. Its actually a really solid music player and in the settings, they have an option to disable the album art from the lock screen! Trust me, I tried like 3 lock screen apps and several music players, either the apps were garbage or they didnt fix the problem. Rocket player pretty much saved me, plus its a solid music player, some great features in there. I was so relieved to plug this privacy hole up :)
  12. bobolinko

    bobolinko Well-Known Member

    all you need to do is use an MP3 Tag Editor on all your MP3 files and remove the Album Covers that are stored on them. You'll save some storage space doing that also. there will be NO picture when you play the MP3

    Or, you could out a black picture in it's place....
    cover the camera lens and take a picture and use that in place of an album cover using the tag editor.

    Good luck and Aloha!
  13. dr_rezzy

    dr_rezzy New Member

    I dont think editing every single mp3's album art is a good solution. For me, I like the album art. I just wish it was only shown when im interacting with my music in the music player. Instead, the album art is presented when I do my most essential phone tasks like checking the time, checking messages, email, etc. When im listening to music, I may be on the subway, or somewhere else public, and now that private information is leaked to anyone who may glance at my phone.
  14. MYKEL61

    MYKEL61 Well-Known Member

    No offense, but does it really matter if someone sees what you are listening to? What are you listening to that would be a problem for someone seeing the cover art? Just curious.
  15. dr_rezzy

    dr_rezzy New Member

    Miley cyrus. Bone thugs. MJG and 8ball. Britney Spears. I can go on and on.
  16. MYKEL61

    MYKEL61 Well-Known Member

    LOL So are you saying the reason is; you are embarrassed by what you listen to?
  17. dr_rezzy

    dr_rezzy New Member

    I didnt say that, you said that. I am proud of what I listen to, I just wish to keep it private because its no ones business.

    This is the case in point. My music preference has now been leaked on this forum and now I am being made fun of... :(
  18. MYKEL61

    MYKEL61 Well-Known Member

    Dude.. no one is making fun of anyone. I was just trying to understand your concerns... Frankly I listen to some of the same music.. nothing wrong with that.
  19. electricpete

    electricpete Well-Known Member

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  20. lotus49

    lotus49 Well-Known Member

    I thought this was pretty funny. I don't know what sort of music you listen to that you are so keen to hide from the prying eyes of others, but the mind boggles.

    I am listening to a recording of Alfred Brendel playing the Beethoven piano sonatas right now and I don't care who knows it :).
  21. badger_fruit

    badger_fruit New Member

    So, regardless of if you listen to Britney, Bob Marley or the Smurfs, privacy is not the issue here, the fact the light coloured artwork makes it nigh on impossible to see the numbers when you're entering your PIN or unlock swipes is the issue. Did anyone stumble on an option that doesn't require 3rd party apps to fix?

    As it is, I only listen to music from Soundcloud so I don't have to faff about copying music to my device all the time so AFAIK, there's no 3rd party SC app which would stop album art from being placed on the lock screen.
  22. lotus49

    lotus49 Well-Known Member

    My only gripe with it is that it doesn't display properly. Since it tries to fit the album cover (most of which are more or less square) onto a rectangular screen it chops off the sides. I would rather it displayed the whole cover with black bars at the top and bottom.

    I have tried to see whether it can be changed or removed but so far I have drawn a blank.
  23. effgee

    effgee New Member

    Anyone got a solution to this yet ? I underrstand some people might enjoy this feature, but for me it makes the play music app unuseable. When I walk or run, the screen never locks fully, so it continually skips to the next song due to motion of the phone in my pocket. Walking is jsut annoying, skipping every now and then, but running it skips continually.

    There is an option to "block songs with explicit lyrics" but nothing to disable the lockscreen. :/
  24. MYKEL61

    MYKEL61 Well-Known Member


    No solution, but if you turn off the screen while its in your pocket it wont be able to have it skip. That's what I have found works.
  25. SnarkyJoe

    SnarkyJoe New Member

    This is an inherent function of Android. Most audio apps (podcasts, Pandora, Google Play) will show full screen album art in the lockscreen.

    Cover does not allow you to lock your device through a pattern or code.

    The best workaround I found was to use Smart App Lock. It can be configured to replace the default lock screen, it doesnt add anything extra to the lock screen, and it does not show album art in the background.
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