Personalize your iOS 16 lock screen with widgets, photos, wallpapers, and more.


Your iPhone gets a makeover with the release of iOS 16 on September 12. Apple’s latest operating system brings many updates that will change the way you use your iPhone. One significant difference you’ll notice before you even unlock your phone is the new customizable lock screen. Apple introduced this feature as a way to personalize your phone. From multiple lock screens, fonts, styles, and widgets, here’s how to get the most out of your lock screen.

There’s a lot to unpack in the new customizable lock screen. So you’ll want to let your creativity flow. Apple integrates focus into lock screens by giving you the option to set a different focus (Do Not Disturb, Personal, Work, and Sleep) for each wallpaper. In addition to a redesigned lock screen, Apple is also moving notifications to the bottom of the lock screen in a hidden, stacked, or expanded view. Plus, a new live activity widget will let you see the status of your food delivery, rideshares, and game scores in real time without having to constantly unlock your phone.

The new iOS 16 also improves the user experience with Lock Screen wallpapers for every occasion. You can have one for work, school, the gym, vacations, parties and more. Your imagination sets the limit, literally. Users reported being able to create 25 wallpapers and always having the option to create more. Here’s how to start:

Where to find the lock screen wallpaper:

You can access old-school wallpapers by going to Settings > Wallpapers > Add New Wallpaper. The other option is to go to your phone’s lock screen and long press it to open the multi lock screen view. You will see a blue “+” icon in the lower right corner. Tap the blue button to add a new wallpaper or swipe left to the last page of your lock screens to find a blank template for a new wallpaper.

Once you’ve chosen to add a new wallpaper, it’s time to customize it. The options are endless. You can use photos, emojis, random photos, weather, astronomy and color. Apple itself also offers ready-made designs to choose from.

How to customize lock screen time:

Then you can change the lock screen time font and color. With six different font choices and an endless array of colors, you can make sure your clock looks as good as the rest of your screen.

Where to find lock screen widgets:

Widgets are useful for checking things like the weather or reminders to pay your bills. Apple lets you add up to four 1 x 1 widgets from Activity, Batteries, Calendar, Clock, Home, News, Reminders, Stocks, and Weather to your lock screen.

To add a widget, long press on your lock screen and you will see a “Customize” button at the bottom of the screen. Tap “Customize” to enter edit mode, and you will see a big “+” button under the date and time. Click the button to open “Add widgets”. Tap and drag widgets to arrange them the way you want. And there you have yourself a neat set of widgets.

How to use widgets on your lock screen:

Widgets can be used in so many ways – it just depends on your priorities. From setting alarms to checking your AirPods battery, the widgets are highly customizable. In each widget there are many options.

For example, runners can track their progress with the Activity widget to see calories burned, minutes, and hours. Remote workers can add world clocks to their widgets to check the time in a different time zone. You can add a reminder to bring an umbrella when you see your Weather widget indicating a high chance of rain.

How to add widgets to your appointment:

You can also add online date widgets when you tap on them while customizing. You can choose from Weather, Fitness and more, and you’ll see the widget information in line with the date on your lock screen.

How to use photos on the lock screen:

You can select photos from your albums or use photos from Apple’s Suggested Photos. Once you’ve chosen a photo, you can cycle through four options: Natural, Black and White, Duotone, or Color Watch. For the latter two, you can tap the three dots in the lower right corner and choose “Color Style…”. There you can choose from 12 colors. And if your image allows it, you can tap Depth Effect to bring your subject ahead of time.

How to use focus with lock screen:

With the new lock screen, your notifications will appear at the bottom of the screen, but if you don’t want to see them, you can enable Focus. You go to Settings > Focus > Do Not Disturb. And there you can choose a lock screen to enable Do Not Disturb and Pause notifications. You can create multiple lock screens with different focus, or you can adjust the focus by tapping “Focus” at the bottom of your lock screen.

Why can’t I customize my lock screen?

To get the new iOS 16 on September 12, make sure automatic updates are turned on in Software Updates. You can also manually download the update by going to Settings > Software Updates and searching for iOS 16 update.

iOS 16 is only available for iPhone 8 and later. This means that iPhone users with iPhone 6, 6S, SE (first generation), 7 and 7 Plus will not have access to iOS 16. But if you are looking for a phone upgrade, the new iPhone 14 is coming to hot on September 16.


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