Let’s Discover & Explore Fire Phone Lock Screens & Backgrounds!
You probably noticed very beautiful lock screens in your Fire phone. I guess you’ve never seen anything like that before (in any other phone).
They are so great and unique because they use the dynamic perspective (they appear in 3D) to work. Let me show you how they work and how you can customize them to your needs.
Lock Screen Vs Wallpaper
Before I move on, I want to make a distinction. Don’t confuse lock screens (background screens) with system wallpapers. Unfortunately, you cannot change wallpaper on Fire phone without rooting it and modifying it.
Only few custom launchers (read: Fire Phone Launchers) let you do that. For the purpose of this article, wallpaper, background, and background scene all mean Fire phone lock screens.
How To Change Backgrounds (Lock Screens) In Your Fire Phone
As of today (i.e. 5th of February 2015), there are 33 Fire phone lock screens (also often called simply backgrounds) available on my Fire phone (running Fire OS 3.6.5.).
These backgrounds use dynamic perspective, a feature unique to Fire phone. It means that if you move your Fire phone, the scene will move too and you will be able to look deeper or from a different angle. The image will reposition itself in relation of the position of your head detected by four front Fire phone cameras.
On some of the scenes the objects also move nicely (i.e. the birds are flying, or the cars are moving). On each lock screen, you can also see the exact date & time as well as notifications (if you enable them).
Choose You Favorite Lock Screen
To view all of these background scenes and choose your favorite, go to Settings > Lock Screen and choose Select a lock screen scene.
There are 33 screens (backgrounds) available now (Amazon adds new lock screens once in a while). Let me show you some of my favorites.
These lock screens are called Tortoise Kingdom, Metropolis and Mass Transit. Tortoise Kingdom and Mass Transit have movement. The tortoise moves with its head and hands nicely. On Mass Transit cars are going around all the way to the top.
Customize Your Fire Phone Lock Screens
There are four different settings for backgrounds in Fire phone. Let’s talk about each of them.
Go to Settings > Lock Screen > Select a lock screen scene.
Here you will be able to choose the scene you like the most or set your own photo as a background scene. To choose your own photo, simply click on Your Photo. You will have to choose from all the images on your Fire phone. I chose the picture of my dog!
If you don’t want to have one background all the time, you can use the Rotate Scene function which will let you rotate your lock screen background every hour, every day or every week.
Go to Settings > Lock Screen > Set a password or PIN.
Here you will be able to choose the lock method for your scene. You can either choose None, PIN or Password depending on your needs.
Go to Settings > Lock Screen > Change automatic lock time after screen sleeps.
Here you have two interesting options available. You can choose the time after your screen sleeps (immediately, 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 30 minutes). Remember that the longer time you set, the shorter battery life of your Fire phone will be. Screen is what consumes battery the most.
You can also choose whether you want the power button to lock your Fire phone. I think it’s good to have this feature set to ON so that you can immediately lock your phone once you stop using it and want to put it in your pocket or bag.
Go to Settings > Lock Screen > Turn on notification on the lock screen.
Here you will find two additional settings: Display Notifications and Wake for Notifications. In Display Notifications you can choose whether notification will display in the top panel above lock screen. In Wake for Notifications, you choose whether your phone will wake up when new notifications arrive.
Which Fire Phone Background Do You Like Most?
How about you? Which lock screen is your favorite? Do you have any problems with them? Let me know what you think so that I can create the best tutorials in the world. I would love to hear from you!