The Best Ways to Use DashClock and Its Extensions

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One of the new features introduced in Android 4.2 was the ability to add widgets to the lockscreen. For a long time, this feature remained underutilized, with a few apps adding support for it but not many really harnessing its power.

Enter DashClock, a widget that can be added to the lockscreen and offered an open API to allow third-party apps to build extensions for it. DashClock opened a whole world of customization to Android users, as we finally had a customizable widget that didn’t limit us to one app or one notification.


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DashClock’s Built-in Functions

After downloading DashClock, you can add it to your lockscreen by first locking your device. If you have an Android 4.2 phone, once you try to unlock it, the lockscreen will show a + icon. Click it and you’ll have a list of available widgets, amongst which is DashClock. You’re then taken to a Settings screen that lets you customize the app’s built-in functions. These include:

  • the current local weather
  • your missed calls
  • your unread SMS messages
  • your unread Gmail messages or priority inbox messages
  • your next calendar appointment
  • your next alarm.

You can reorganize these and change a few specifics to some of the functions. You can also modify DashClock’s background transparency, its text alignment and the way the date is displayed. This menu is also where you will be able to add and remove plugins from other DashClock Extensions.

Useful DashClock Extensions

DashClock extensions fall into one of two categories. There are either apps specifically built for DashClock, that don’t have an icon and don’t provide any functionality other than plugging into DashClock. There are also apps that function independently but offer a plugin for DashClock should you want to have quick access to notifications from them. Below, I will group some of the best examples of DashClock usage.

Battery

If you’d like to know more about your battery state, as well as how long it should last or how much time it would take to charge it, few apps are as useful and as simple as Battery Widget Reborn, which also offers a DashClock plugin. But if you’re looking for a simple extension with no added functionality, DashClock Battery Extension should do the trick.

DashClock Battery Extension

DashClock Battery Extension

Quick Dial

DashClock Dial Extension is a no-frills plugin that will simply dial a chosen contact when you click it. If you want to send an SMS instead, or view the contact’s card, then DashClock Contact Extension is the one you’re looking for.

DashClock Contact Extension

DashClock Contact Extension

Social Notifications

One of the most important uses of DashClock is quick access to social notifications. Several apps have added support for DashClock, whereas others have created separate extensions or relied on third-party developers to do so. Here are a few examples:

DashClock Facebook Extension

DashClock Facebook Extension

Email

If you don’t use Gmail as your main inbox, you may feel left out by DashClock’s lack of built-in support for other email clients. But if your email needs are serviced by K-9 or Compail, you should be happy to know about K-9 Unread Cound for DashClock, as well as Compail‘s built-in DashClock extension.

K-9 Unread Count for DashClock

K-9 Unread Count for DashClock

RSS Feeds

Several Google Reader and RSS clients have added support for DashClock, including Press, Deer Reader, gReader and DashClock RSS Viewer Extension.

DashClock RSS Viewer Extension

DashClock RSS Viewer Extension

Tasks and To-Dos

Being reminded of your to-do list every time you unlock your device is sure an efficient way to help you get things done. That’s why several task managers have added a DashClock plugin, like Wunderlist, Notable: Quick Reminder and Any.Do To-Do List & Task List.

Notable: Quick Reminder

Notable: Quick Reminder

Finance

If, like me, you work in an industry that relies a lot on foreign importation and currency exchange rates, or if you’re a stock trader, you should be happy to know that there are DashClock extensions to help you keep an eye on this data without even unlocking your device. DashClock Forex Extension is a currency rate tracker, whereas DashClock Ticker Extension observes stock price fluctuations.

DashClock Forex Extension

DashClock Forex Extension

Learning

You probably unlock your phone over a dozen time each day — if not more — so what better way to learn something new than to have it displayed on that lockscreen? DashClock InQuotes Extension gives you famous quotes related to several categories, and DashClock Word of the Day will give you a new word each day along with its definition.

DashClock Word of the Day

DashClock Word of the Day

More

There’s even more you can do with DashClock. For example, you can quickly see the time in another region thanks to WorldClock for DashClock, your currently playing music in DashClock Music Extension, your upcoming TV shows in SeriesGuide Show Manager, or even quickly turn on the flashlight thanks to DashLight.

DashClock Music Extension

DashClock Music Extension

Build Your Own

DashClock is an open platform, and because of Android’s extensive functionality, the possibilities are endless and building them would take a lot of effort. That’s why several extensions exist that allow you to adapt and customize the notification to your liking. There’s DashClock Custom Extension that can make a call, open an app or a website, or edit a note. On the other hand, AnyDash for DashClock will let you show any notification from your favorite app on your lockscreen. And the sky is the limit if you use the DashClock Tasker Extension.

DashClock Custom Extension

DashClock Custom Extension

Honestly, there’s so much you can do with DashClock and so many extensions that keep appearing every day to extend its usability and harness more of its power. The list here is just a start, and a collection of examples to help you better visualize what can be done with DashClock.

Did I forget to mention your favorite extension? Or have you found more original uses for DashClock? Let us know in the comments below.


  • ahmed Elsaher

    Dashclock not compatible with my note 2, why?

    • http://bit.ly/khouryrt Rita El Khoury

      Because the Note II runs Android 4.1, and lockscreen widgets are a feature of Android 4.2. Samsung plans to update the Note II to 4.2, so when it does, you’ll be able to use this feature.

    • http://cargocollective.com/vitorhugo Vitor Hugo

      You should root and flash a decent ROM with that device. Don’t wait for Samsung to upgrade your software.

      Google XDA Note 2

    • Ahmose Soloman

      cuz youre probably on Jellybean 4.1

  • Swapnil

    Thanks for the wonderful post. Just to make a note that most of the links of play store are broken. Would love if you could have a look into it.

    • http://bit.ly/khouryrt Rita El Khoury

      Hey, the links seem to be working fine on my end. I tried every one of them. Maybe the Play Store was down for you?

    • Ahmose Soloman

      working fine

  • Pimm Hogeling

    Android.AppStorm previously covered ovo (post: http://bit.ly/KCxWrq ‒ app: http://bit.ly/MwEJE2), which also cooperates with DashClock since version 5. Check it out!

  • http://www.casabona.org Joe Casabona

    I totally missed this post! TVShowFavs (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tvshowfavs) also have a DashClock extension. That’s my personal favorite TV app.

  • connor

    Whenever I click the check mark the settings never save and I’m back to the default samsung clock…anyone know why or what I’m doing wrong?

    • Ahmose Soloman

      are you just opening dashclock app?
      You have to add the widget to your homescreen.
      Just customizing it to your liking wont add it to your homescreen.
      Add widget> choose dashclock. O_o

  • Hans Müller

    Hey, I want it to show the notification items below the clock (not on the right of it) if I use the widget on my homescreen. Or at least more than 3 notification items at the same time. It didn’t work when I expanded it to my entire homescreen size.

    Furthermore it would be nice if there is any way to make it show seconds because that’s the actual reason why I need a clock on my homescreen.

    Do you know if and how that’s possible?

  • http://katzmatt.com/ Matt Katzenberger

    Got another for you. I made an extension that shows current National Weather Service alerts: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.katzmatt.dashclock.weatheralerts

    It’s US only, but it’s a great way to better keep up with severe weather.