iOS 16 introduces a number of iPhone lock screen customization options. From customizing fonts to adding widgets, almost every lock screen element can be changed to your preference. In this tutorial, learn how to create and configure different lock screen options for your iPhone.
If I had to choose between the top five features of iOS 16, I would definitely choose the new lock screen customization options because of the visual punch they provide. Apple finally has more control over what we can see without unlocking our iPhones. This might seem trivial to those with an Android smartphone, but for those who have never had the option, it’s clearly new.
Keep in mind that iOS 16 is still in development and is currently only open to developers. In July, Apple will release the public beta version of iOS 16, when all users can enjoy the new features before the official release. Learn how to download and install the iOS 16 beta on your iPhone today.
iOS 16: How to Customize Your iPhone Lock Screen
The system provided by Apple is very similar to that of the Apple Watch, that is, it allows you to create lock screen galleries and use them according to your interests. To create your first lock screen in iOS 16, follow these steps:
- long press to lock screen (The system uses Face ID to allow changing the lock screen)
- To create a wallpaper, Click the blue (+) icon in the lower right corner of the screen
- Choose a wallpaper from the available categories at the top of the screen or swipe down to see all options (Apple relies on a photo service to suggest the best photos to use on the lock screen. That’s really cool, and my example below)
- Once you have selected your preferred wallpaper, Click the (+) icon to select widgets you want to use. Recommended widgets are at the top, but as you scroll down, there are more options by category. Here you have to drag the desired widget to the corresponding field.
- To change things like fonts and colors, Click on the clock field.
- Click on a date to add a widget. Available options include Calendar, Clock, Fitness, Reminders, Stocks and Weather.
- Once you are satisfied with the customization, Just press the “Done” button in the top right corner of the screen and save your lock screen.
- To restart the personalization process, click the Customize button at the bottom of the screen.
To set up your first lock screen in iOS 16, start by choosing wallpapers, colors, fonts and widgets / © kwgeek
It is important to note that each category has its own characteristics. So if you want to shuffle your wallpaper photos, you can also use options like choosing the type of image (people, nature, and cities). Also, the lock screen you choose will automatically be selected as the home screen. Unlike Android, there can’t be one wallpaper for the home screen, and another for the lock and external screens…at least not yet.
After saving the lock screen, you can also quickly configure the focus mode. The lock screen and the home screen are the same here / © kwgeek
Finally, you also have the option to quickly set the focus mode from the lock screen. Another cool feature is the ability to navigate between previously customized lock screens by simply swiping left or right.
Personally, Apple’s lock screen solution is one of the best I’ve ever used on a smartphone. It must have taken a while, but it came in a well thought out format.
So what do you think of the new iPhone lock screen customization options? Can we say that despite the delay, Apple has done a good job with the solution it created for iOS 16? Let’s discuss it in the comments!