iOS 16 Lock Screen: How to Customize iPhone

The main update with iOS 16 is the ability to create custom lock screens. From widgets, fonts, photos, new wallpapers, and more, follow the procedure to learn how to create a custom iOS 16 lock screen on iPhone.

iOS 16 arrived with the launch of the first developer beta right after Apple’s WWDC keynote. The next major software release for iPhone includes a range of handy features for Messages, Notifications, Photos, Messaging, Safari, and more.

However, what’s likely to get the most attention is the new iOS 16 lock screen custom feature. It’s the biggest customization support we’ve seen from Apple with the iPhone, if leaning on all the work it did with iOS 14 when it debuted widgets as well as some of its neat Apple Watch faces.

iOS 16 is currently available in beta for developers. The free public beta of iOS 16 is expected to arrive in July. Learn more about installing iOS 16 in our comprehensive guide.

iOS 16 Lock Screen: How to Customize iPhone

  1. After installing iOS 16, long press on your lock screen
  2. If you are using an old wallpaper, you will need to create a new one to create a custom lock screen.
  3. Press the blue + icon in the lower right corner
  4. Choose a wallpaper from the top categories or swipe below to view all options
  5. Press the + icon under the time to select widgets
    • Recommended widgets are at the top, more choices by category below
  6. Press the it’s time to customize the font and color
  7. Tap the date to add a widget at the top
    • Choices include Calendar, Clock, Fitness, Reminders, Stock, and Weather

Here’s a handy overview of the process:

If you press the “Customize” button on an old wallpaper, you will be prompted to “Add New” to continue.

Photos can look crisp with the new lock screen and you can even set it to rotate your photos with the “Photo Shuffle” wallpaper.

iOS 16 Lock Screen 2

You can add up to 4 small, 2 small and 1 medium, or 2 medium widgets in the bottom space of the lock screen.

The fastest way to add widgets is to tap them, but you can drag and drop them if you want to be more precise with placement.

iOS 16 Lock Screen 3

Tap the time to customize its font and color. Swipe right to left to reveal more color options as well as the full color palette for a totally custom shade.

custom iPhone lock screen

You can also add 1 widget to the top day/date section, tap it to make a selection.

custom iPhone lock screen 1

Tap the three-dot icon at the bottom right to enable perspective zoom and faucet Do in the upper right corner when you’re done.

Back on the main lock screen customization page, you can also tap To concentrate at the bottom to bind a specific one to that specific lock screen.

How do lock screen widgets work?

Once you place widgets on your lock screen, you will get live data presented every time you glance at it. However, like home screen widgets, they are not directly interactive, so when you tap them, you will be taken to the corresponding application (Calendar, Weather, Reminders, etc.).

How many iOS 16 lock screens can you create?

At any time, you can tap Customize to change a lock screen or tap the blue + icon to create a new one.

It’s not known exactly how many lock screens you can create, but so far I’ve created 21 😅.

How to change lock screen

Similar to Apple Watch faces, once you have multiple lock screens, it’s easy to switch between them by long-pressing your lock screen and swiping to select another.

How to remove custom lock screens

To remove custom lock screens, long press on one of them and choose “Remove wallpaper” at the bottom.

delete lock screens

Lock screens and battery life?

The new Weather and Astronomy wallpapers in iOS 16 are really impressive, but keep in mind that they will request location access (which can be updated every 15 minutes), which can have a impact on your iPhone’s battery life.

Astronomy and weather wallpapers

Are you looking forward to using the new iOS 16 lock screen? Share your opinion in the comments below!

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