A few months after Locket Widget took the app world by storm, an alternative called ‘LiveIn’ is now trying to do the same thing. In January 2022, Twitter and TikTok were flooded with people raving about the new Locket Widget app. And it was easy to see why! Locket Widget lets you place a widget on your iPhone, connect your account with friends, and send photos directly to those friends’ home screens. It’s a more intimate way to share photos than Instagram or Snapchat, and this quickly made Locket Widget the most popular free app on the App Store.

Not long after Locket Widget came out, a flood of competing apps tried to mimic Locket’s formula. Some of them — like NoteIt and Ekko — proved to be quite good. But for every decent Locket Widget alternative that appeared, there were five Locket Widget ripoffs that barely worked.

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Now that the Locket Widget craze has subsided, LiveIn has exploded as the latest viral application. LiveIn launched in February 2022, and in April, it became the #1 social networking app and #1 free app on the App Store. Getting started with LiveIn is easy enough. After downloading the app, users can sign up using their phone number or a username and password. LiveIn then asks for permissions to access your contacts, your phone’s camera, and notifications. From there, using LiveIn is a lot like Locket Widget. Opening the app lets you capture a photo and send it to friends. If someone else sends you a picture, it’ll appear on the LiveIn widget you’ve placed on your home screen. The interesting thing about LiveIn is how it expands on this Locket Widget formula and tries to make it better.

Why LiveIn Is Better Than Locket Widget

The LiveIn app

In addition to sending pictures, LiveIn also lets users send hand-drawn notes and doodles. Simply tap the pencil icon on LiveIn’s camera page to access the feature. This gives you a blank canvas where you can draw, place text, and change the background to a handful of different colors. It’s pretty similar to the writing/drawing features in NoteIt, except LiveIn combines them with the photo-sharing side of Locket Widget.

LiveIn is also unique in that you aren’t limited to sharing photos and drawings with friends. LiveIn also has a public ‘World’ tab where you can upload your snapshots for all LiveIn users to see. After taking a picture or creating a drawing, tap the button under ‘Send to’ at the top of the screen. This lets you choose to send the image to your friends, followers, only yourself, or to the world. To see what other LiveIn users have shared, tap the clock icon at the bottom of the screen and then tap the ‘World’ button. This lets you browse through other people’s posts, like/comment on them, and follow anyone who interests you. It’s much more expansive than being limited to 10 friends like you are on Locket Widget, and that alone could make LiveIn a more appealing app.

If you want to try LiveIn for yourself, the app is available as a 100 percent free download for Android and iOS. Open the Play Store or App Store on your device, download LiveIn, make an account, and that’s it. Whether or not LiveIn has the same staying power as Locket Widget remains to be seen, but at least for right now, it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.