How to Get Rid of the Clock on an Android G1 Phone?

Old Android Phones Came With an Unsightly Clock on the Screen

T-Mobile G1

The T-Mobile G1, released in October 2008, was the first Android OS smartphone. It ran Android OS 1.0, which displayed a large clock on the lock screen, as did the subsequent G2 phones. Some users felt the clock took up too much screen real estate and that it was redundant since you could check the time by looking at the upper right corner of the phone's screen. The clock was removed from the Android OS beginning with Lollipop, so modern Android phones no longer come with the big clock taking up half the screen. You might want to consider an upgrade to a newer phone for several reasons, but you can remove the clock from the early Android phones.

Removing the Clock From G1 and G2 Android Phones

If you happen to be one of the few people still using a G1 or G2 Android phone and don't plan to upgrade, there's good news. If you don't like the big clock on your Android G1 or G2 phone, you can remove it. Here's how:

  1. Touch the clock with your finger and press until you feel a light vibration and the clock turns red. A trash symbol appears at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Drag the clock to the trash.

Removing the Clock From Later Model Android Phones

If you have a later model Android OS phone that can be updated such as phones made by Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.,and it shows a clock on the screen, update to a version of the Android OS that is Lollipop or later to remove the clock. The clock was deleted from the OS beginning with Lollipop. If the clock is still there after you upgrade, it is probably generated by an app downloaded from Google Play. Delete the app to remove the clock.

That's it. Enjoy the extra space on your phone's screen.

Adding a Clock to Android Phones

If you upgrade to a new phone and find that you miss the clock, you can download an app for that from Google Play. There are many free and low-cost clock apps available ranging from huge clocks that fill the entire screen of the phone to apps that include other features such as the weather and alarms.