One of the main reasons why Android smartphones have a huge fan base is that they are jampacked with various features that are intended to make our lives so easy. Say, for example, the emergency calling feature on the lock screen that enables us to make calls even without unlocking the phone. This indeed is a great feature that comes in handy during crisis situations, wherein your panicky state of mind, you forget the password or pattern or PIN to unlock your device and make a call.
The emergency dialer feature comes with almost all Android smartphones and can be found at the bottom of the screen. As useful as this feature is, there are times when it can be really annoying too. If you are like many, who keep their smartphones in their pockets, chances are you might have experienced an emergency call being made without you even knowing it. There is also the possibility that kids playing with your phone may accidentally touch the emergency call button and the call goes through.
So, to avoid these situations, many people feel it’s better to remove this button from the android’s lock screen. By default, Android doesn’t provide you an option to remove this button from the lock screen.So, if you find the emergency call button too annoying and want to remove it from the lock screen, here’s how you can do it:
Two methods are explained here – one for non-rooted android smartphones and the other for rooted phones. While the first method allows you to eliminate the button by introducing a third-party lock screen app, the second one uses Xposed modules to provide a more permanent solution for rooted Android smartphones.
Removing Emergency Call Button from Lock Screen in Non-rooted Android Devices
If your android smartphone is not rooted, the only way to remove the emergency call button is to install a third-party lock screen app such as “Hi Locker” that will take the place of the original lock screen of your phone.
- Download the Hi Locker app from Google Play Store and install it on your android phone.
- After installing the app, set up the new lock screen and then disable the stock lock screen. This can be done by going to Settings->Security, select the “Screen lock” option, and then setting it to “None”.
- You’ll be asked to confirm by entering the PIN, password or pattern that you had set up previously. Once you have done this, the Emergency Call button will no longer be seen.
If Hi Locker is not to your liking, there are plenty of similar apps that will help you get the job done easily, a few examples being SnapLock, NiLS, SlideLock, and AcDisplay. All these apps are available for download in Google Play Store.
Removing Emergency Call Button from Lock Screen in Rooted Android Devices
For rooted android users, there is no need to download any app to get rid of the emergency call button. Instead, you can use a few modules of the Xposed Framework that will help remove the button while keeping the stock lock screen intact.
If you’re using an AOSP-based custom ROM or vanilla android on your device, install the LockscreenTweakbox. Samsung’s TouchWiz user can install WanamXposed and HTC Sense users can go to xSense.
Let’s see how the Emergency call button can be removed, using the Xposed modules:
- First, go to the Xposed official website, navigate to the download section, and then download the Xposed Module installer on your android device.
- Next, download Lockscreen Tweak Box on your phone.
- Tick the “Hide Emergency” option.
- Those using WanamXposed or xSense should go to the Lock screen section and then tick the “Hide emergency call” option.
- Reboot your smartphone and you’ll notice that the Emergency call button has disappeared.
Although the Emergency Call button on the lock screen is a convenient and useful feature that ensures your safety, most of the time it can cause trouble than being helpful. If you feel the need to have a similar safety feature, there are several apps that can be downloaded.
However, many apps available in Google Play Store are intended for the latest version of the OS and so, it’s important that you update your Android firmware. For updating, you can either opt to download android firmware and install it or go for the auto update option.
Did you try to remove the Emergency call button from the lock screen? Which method did you use? Let us know your feedback in the comment section below!