Get Transparent Lockscreen on Any Samsung Device

Srivishnu Ramakrishnan

A simple guide on how to get Transparent Lockscreen on any Samsung device without root.

Themes are one of the most interesting things about Android and it is what makes Android unique as well. For a long time since the beginning of Android Oreo, theming was always associated with custom ROMs. Sure, you were always able to change the icon packs, launchers, ringtones, and whatnot. But changing the complete look of your Android device from the ground up always needed root or custom ROM. But not anymore. Substratum has totally changed the way people theme their Android devices.

Transparent Lockscreen for Any Samsung Device

Substratum recently started supporting Samsung devices as well which opened the gates for some great customizations of Samsung device. Today, we will tell you, step-by-step, how to get a fully transparent lock screen on your Samsung device without root or a custom ROM.

Below is a little preview of what you are about to get:

Points to Remember

  1. This is strictly only for Samsung devices running Android Nougat [7.x] or Android Oreo [8.x].
  2. Before you install on an OTA update, remove the overlays [don’t worry, we will tell you how] to avoid force closes.
  3. No root or custom ROM needed for this mod, yay!
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It is highly recommended by the developer that you authorize ADB access on your Samsung phone from your computer. We will tell you how to do that. Follow the below guide:

  1. Download and install ADB and Fastboot on your PC: Guide here.
  2. In your phone, Enable Developer Options: Go to Settings > About Phone > Software Information > Tap on the ‘Build Number‘ repeated until you see a toast message that says ‘You have unlocked Developer Settings’ or something similar.
  3. Go back to Settings > Developer Options > Enable ‘USB Debugging’.
  4. Connect your phone to your PC via USB cable.
  5. If the ‘Allow USB Debugging’ dialog pops up on your phone > check the box that says ‘Always allow from this computer’ and press OK.
  6. If the prompt does not show up > Open command prompt on your PC. Execute the below command in the command prompt:
    adb devices
  7. Now, you will get the ‘Allow USB Debugging’ pop up on your phone > check the box that says ‘Always allow from this computer’ and press OK.
  8. Done.
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Necessary Downloads

Make sure you have the following installed:

  1. Transparent Lockscreen for SAMSUNG: 
  2. Substratum Theme Engine: 
  3. [Only for Nougat Users] Sungstratum Addon: 
  4. [Only for Oreo Users] Andromeda Addon: 
  • Detailed instructions on how to setup Sungstratum: Guide here

Note: If you are running Android Oreo and you have root access [Magisk or SuperSU] then you do not even need the Andromeda Addon.

Important: We [the author or] cannot be held responsible for bricked phones, nuclear wars or heartbreaks. Proceed at your own risk!

How to Get Transparent Lockscreen on Samsung Devices

Follow the below guide carefully:

  1. Make sure you have installed all the necessary apps as mentioned above.
  2. Make sure you have carefully read all the points in the above sections.
  3. Now that we have got that out of the way, Open Substratum App.
  4. Select the ‘Transparent Lockscreen for SAMSUNG ONLY’ theme.
  5. Select the overlays that you want to install > Press on the floating bar at the bottom and select ‘Install Selected’ on Nougat [or] ‘Build and Enable’ on Oreo. Below is a list of available overlays:
    1. Hide Lockscreen Status Bar Icons [].
    2. Hide Lockscreen Clock [NOUGAT ONLY] [].
    3. Hide Lockscreen Bottom Lock Icon + Bottom Unlock/Charging Text [].
    4. Hide Lockscreen Clock + Hide Always on Display Clock [OREO ONLY] []
  6. It is recommended to reboot your device after applying the themes although it is not mandatory.
  7. Done!

How to Remove This Overlay

  1. Open Substratum App.
  2. Select the ‘Transparent Lockscreen for SAMSUNG ONLY’ theme.
  3. Select the overlays that you want to install > Press on the floating bar at the bottom and select ‘Uninstall selected‘ on Nougat [or] ‘Disable selected‘ on Oreo.
  4. Go back to main Substratum Screen > Tap on the Top Left Menu button > Select ‘Manager’ under the ‘Utilities’ menu.
  5. Find your chosen overlay with an orange title, select the tick box, press the pink floating action button on the bottom right and select “Uninstall selected”.

If you are facing any issues and want detailed instructions on how to remove the overlays, follow this guide: How to Remove Problem Causing Samsung Substratum Overlays

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