Every time you pull your phone out and try to enter your passcode, pin, or pattern lock, you’re bound to end up pressing the wrong buttons. While the Emergency Call button on the lock screen is a useful safety feature, it can be more troublesome than helpful at most times.
Whether you’re worried about someone calling emergency services by mistake or simply annoyed by the Emergency Call button, there are ways to get rid of it. The first method enables you to remove the button by adding a third-party lock screen app, while the second one offers a more permanent solution if you have root access.
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Method 1: Install a lock screen replacement
If you do not have root access on your Android device and have the intention of getting it now, this is the method for you. To get rid of the Emergency Call button and get some cool new lock screen designs in the same process, you can use the Hi Locker app.
The Hi Locker app is available on the Google Play Store for free. Simply search for the app in the Play Store or download the app down below.
If you aren’t a fan of the Hi Locker lock screen app, don’t sulk just yet. Here are some other recommended free lock screen apps that you must try out.
Once you’ve installed the app on your device and have set up the new lock screen, it’s time to disable the native lock screen. Head over to Settings->Security, select the “Screen lock” option and then set it to “None”.
The system will ask you to confirm your action by entering the passcode, pin, or pattern you had previously set up. Once you have your new lock screen installed and working, the Emergency Call button will finally be removed.
Method 2: Remove Emergency Call button using Xposed Module
If you’d rather keep the native lock screen and still get rid of the Emergency Call button, you need root. Moreover, you also need the famous Xposed Module installed on your rooted device to get the feature allowing you to tweak your lock screen.
For users running a sweet custom ROM like CyanogenMod can install an app such as Tweakbox to customize their device. However, users with official ROMs can get xSense and Wanam Exposed from the Xposed Repo.
- Lockscreen Tweakbox for free from the Xposed Repo
- Wanam Xposed for free from the Xposed Repo
- xSense for free from the Xposed Repo
Regardless of which app you go with, the process of disabling Emergency Call button is basically the same. All the three app come with the option “Hide emergency call”, so simply check the box next to it and enjoy!
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February 13 2018