How to Customize Lock Screen in iOS 16

In iOS 16, Apple has completely overhauled the iOS lock screen customization, making it more customizable than ever. Various informational widgets can now be displayed on the lock screen. In this article, we’ll show you how to customize Lock Screen in iOS 16

How to Customize Lock Screen in iOS 16

In iOS 16, you can customize your lock screen with unique fonts, colors, and even custom widgets. To start customizing the look of your lock screen, you need to unlock your iPhone with Face ID or Touch ID, and then long press on the lock screen to access the lock screen gallery.

Lock screen gallery

If you have an Apple Watch, then you will find this interface familiar as it is very similar to setting up a watch face. The lock screens are divided into Collections (standard Apple lock screens), Photos and Colors. By swiping left or right, you can select other existing lock screens, and then long-press to install it.

Alternatively, you can tap Customize to personalize your currently selected lock screen, or tap the blue + button to create a brand new one.

Lock screen customization

Clicking on “Customize”  opens an interactive view of the lock screen with several options at your disposal depending on the type of lock screen. If you’re customizing the Color lock screen, you can tap the colored circle on the left to change the color and tint, and swipe left and right to apply different styles to the image.

Lock screen customization

If you’re customizing a photo lock screen, the bottom options allow you to select lock screen images (or multiple images if you choose shuffle) from your photo library, set a filter, and enable or disable the Zoom/Depth perspective effect.

Lock screen customization

Note that the filters available to you by swiping left and right are intelligently generated automatically for the selected image, so you’ll see different options here depending on whether it’s, say, a photo with depth effects or a color wallpaper. (If it’s a photo, keep in mind that selecting different filters can also apply different font styles to the time and date.) If you’re customizing the lock screen from Apple’s Collection, the options at the bottom of the screen are more limited.

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At the top, you’ll see frames around the time and date, as well as an additional area below the clock. By tapping on the central frame, you can change the time display style. The top and bottom frames can be used to add widgets.

adding widgets to ios 16 lock screen

Here are the widgets you can add above the clock:

  • different time zone
  • set alarm clock
  • next calendar event
  • weather,
  • your activity rings,
  • next reminder,
  • shares of the selected company.

Widgets that can be marked under the clock are more diverse:

  • device battery level,
  • calendar,
  • watch,
  • fitness,
  • house,
  • news,
  • reminders,
  • stock,
  • weather.

When you’re done customizing your lock screen, just tap Done and then tap the screen again to exit the lock screen gallery. Note that you can also customize your current lock screen by going to Settings -> Wallpapers & Lock Screens .

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