Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Change Lock Screen Effect

Locking the screen is the best standard way to secure the phone from unauthorized people accessing the phone, especially if you use the high-security unlock methods, such as PIN or password. Unfortunately, using these high-security unlock methods does limited the options which you can use to customize the lock screen.

See also: How to Unlock the Samsung Galaxy S4 Lock Screen

The different thing happens when you use swipe methods which is the low-security unlock method to unlock the screen, this methods will provide you more options to customize the lock screen than another. One of the option available when you use swipe is the lock screen effect. These effects will be played whenever you swipe your finger to unlock the screen. But, if you prefer to use the plain lock screen effect then you can easily do so by turning off the lock screen effect option.

How to enable or disable lock screen effect?
Kindly follow the steps listed below to turn on or turn off the lock screen effect:
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap My device tab.
  3. Tap Lock Screen.
  4. If necessary, tap Screen lock then select Swipe.
  5. Tap Unlock effect.
  6. Here you will see three options available, they are:
    • None: choose this option to not using or to turn off the lock screen effect.
    • Ripple effect: choose this option to use water drop like effect when you swipe your finger to unlock the screen.
    • Light effect: choose this option to use light effect when you swipe your finger to unlock the screen.
  7. Choose the lock screen effect you wish to use. When the radio button next the option shows green means the option is selected.
  8. Press the Power key twice to go to the lock screen.
  9. The selected lock screen effect with the sound will follow the movement of the fingers when you swipe it to unlock the screen.

For some users, this option is quite interesting to use. But, not for some others. Due to this option is just an extra option to beautify your phone and has no real function, so you're free to use this option or not.


  1. man if the option is not enabled the wat to do

    1. Hi Jawad Ahmed,
      Thanks for coming.
      The lock screen effect option is only available when you select the swipe as your unlock method. To check this, try to go to Settings> tap My device tab> tap Lock screen> tap Screen lock> select Swipe.
      Hope this helps :)

    2. I have the same problem, i'm using the swipe for a long time and i want to change the effect but its blacked out abd i can't use it for some reason. :/

    3. Hi Buddy,
      Thanks for coming.
      If you've already used swipe method but the unlock effect option is grayed out, then please check whether your lock screen is using live wallpaper. If yes, change the lock screen wallpaper to a static wallpaper(without animation) and you should be able to use the unlock effect.

    4. I thought that swiping the screen made a jingle bells sound

    5. Hi Sheila,
      Thanks for coming.
      You can enable screen lock sound so that the default sound will be played when you unlock the screen.
      To enable screen lock sound, go to Settings> My device> Sound> Screen lock sound.

  2. that helped me to access unlock effect.. thanks

    1. Hi Shahid,
      Thanks for coming.
      Glad to know that you can find something useful here :)


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