Samsung has refreshed its UI app the Good Lock for the year 2018. The Good Lock application was first released in 2016. It basically provides a sneak peek on the features that the Samsung skin, the Samsung Experience UI will possess when Samsung rolls out the Android P update for its flagship devices. The Good Lock 2018 app can be downloaded from the Galaxy App Store if you live in South Korea. However, for other regions, the app won’t show up in the Galaxy App Store. The Good Lock 2018 app was extracted from the South Korean devices that had it. Hence, is available for everyone to download.
- A Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus/S8/S8 Plus/S7/S7 Plus running Android 8.0 Oreo
- Enable Unknown sources under Settings» Lock Screen and Security» Install Unknown Apps» My FIles» Allow from this source.
- Download the Good Lock 2018 [.zip] file | Mirror
This time the installation of the Good Lock app requires the user to install multiple apps rather than a single app as it was during the previous years. In order to learn how to install the app follow the steps mentioned below.
Steps to Install the Apps
- Extract the Good Lock 2018 [.zip] file.
- Then, install all the apps one by one (Click on the app and hit on Install to actually install the app).
That’s it. However, if you go ahead and try to open the Good Lock 2018 app it would present itself with a blank screen. This is because the app doesn’t work outside any region other than South Korea. Moreover, only three apps are shown despite installing all the modules. There are different methods to gain access to all the apps. I have compiled the method that I think is the easiest of all.
Steps to Gain Access to the Good Lock 2018 Apps
- Download Nova Launcher from the Google Play Store(No need to open).Nova Launcher Price: Free
- Next, touch and hold the home screen of your default(Samsung Home) launcher and click on Widgets.
- Tap on the search bar at the top, type Nova and then click on it.
- Touch and hold the Activities widget and place it on the home screen.
- Next, a list will appear showing all the applications installed on the device.
- From this list, select the Good Lock apps that do not appear on the device’s home screen (Select the app that is highlighted in the image).
- Once an app is selected the widget turns into the app. Hence, can be used to access the app.
- Repeat the steps 2 to 6 until all the Good Lock apps are shown on the home screen (In case you don’t know what are the Good Lock 2018 apps, a list has been compiled below).
List of Good Lock 2018 Apps
- Edge Touch
- One Hand Operation+
- Task Changer
I could end the post here and say there you go now you can try all the Android P features on your Samsung device. However, at DroidViews our goal is to simplify and make the Android experience easy for you. No one likes rough edges.
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One Hand Operation+
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That is all, guys. If you have any trouble or if you find any step difficult then do let me know in the comments section below. I will be happy to help. Peace.