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Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Customize the Bottom Shortcuts in the Lock Screen

If you noticed, while you in any Home screen, there are five shortcuts of the favourite apps which are always displayed in the bottom of the screen. The main purpose of the bottom shortcuts list is to speed up the user to access these apps. Luckily, you can choose which apps you want to display there if you don't like these default shortcuts.

See also: How to Customize the Bottom Shortcuts List in the Samsung Galaxy S4 Home Screen

As same as the Home screen, in the lock screen there are also five favourite app shortcuts that you can find in the bottom of the screen while your phone is locked. They are likely the Phone, Messaging, Internet, Camera and Contacts app. And of course you're allowed to customize these bottom shortcuts list, such as add, remove, rearrange or even change the shortcuts in the list per your wish.

How to add, remove, rearrange and change the bottom shortcuts in the lock screen?
FYI, the bottom shortcuts in the lock screen only will be displayed if you use the swipe methods to unlock the screen. Well, here are the complete steps to customize the bottom shortcuts in the lock screen:
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap My device tab.
  3. Tap Lock screen.
  4. Tap Shortcuts.
  5. Slide the switch next to Shortcuts option at the top of the screen to the right to display the bottom shortcut in the lock screen. When the switch is highlighted means the option is turned on.
  6. Here you can customize the default bottom shortcuts of the lock screen. To remove the existing shortcuts go to the step #6, to add new shortcut go to the step #7, to rearrange the shortcuts position go to the step #8 and to change the existing shortcuts go to the step #9.
  7. How to remove the existing lock screen shortcut:
    • Tap and hold the desired shortcut you wish to remove and then drag it to the Trash can icon located in the bottom of the screen.
    • Release to delete it.
    • The selected shortcut will be deleted.
  8. How to add new shortcut to the lock screen shortcuts:
    • Once you remove one or more shortcuts as listed in the step #6, then you'll see the available spot with the Plus circled icon which will allow you to add the new shortcut.
    • Tap the Plus circled icon to add new shortcut.
    • Select the desired app.
    • The shortcut of the selected app will be added.
  9. How to rearrange position of the lock screen shortcuts:
    • Tap and hold the desired shortcut you wish to change its position and then drag it to the desired position.
    • Release to place the shortcut in the new position.
  10. How to change the lock screen shortcuts:
    • Single tap in the desired shortcut you wish to change.
    • Select the desired app.
    • The selected app will replace the existing one.

Once the phone is locked, you'll see the new customization of the bottom shortcuts in the lock screen that you have made is displayed. And of course, this will also more useful if you place your favourite apps or the most frequently used app in there to allow you accessing them more faster and easier, even when your phone is locked.


  1. This didn't help. On my phone if I tap "shortcut" it just ticks the box...

    1. Hi Buddy,
      Thanks for coming.
      If you don't mind, can you send me a screenshot of your issue?
      You can send it


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