The Many New Lock Display screen Customizations in iOS 16

iOS 16 has been out for a bit now, and it’s probably secure to improve so long as you don’t depend on out of date apps which may not be suitable. Once you make the leap, the primary new characteristic to take a look at is the potential to create, customise, and change amongst a number of Lock Screens, every with its personal wallpaper, clock font, and widgets. It’s paying homage to the way you customise Apple Watch faces. Plus, now you can hyperlink a Lock Display screen to a Focus so when that Focus is lively.

To get began, contact and maintain the Lock Display screen till the Lock Display screen switcher seems. (Your iPhone should be unlocked at this level, which generally is a bit tough with a Contact ID-based iPhone—gently contact the House button to authenticate, however don’t press it otherwise you’ll open the House Display screen.)

Faucet the blue plus button to create a brand new Lock Display screen—see beneath for the best way to configure it. After getting a number of Lock Screens, swipe left and proper to select one, and faucet it to make it lively. You possibly can customise points of a Lock Display screen after creating it by tapping the Customise button, and for those who don’t like what you’ve performed, delete it by swiping up and tapping the trash button.


iOS 16 gives seven forms of wallpapers, which you choose whereas making a Lock Display screen by tapping buttons on the high or samples in a visible gallery beneath.

  • Photographs: Most individuals will select a photograph for his or her wallpaper. iOS 16 makes use of machine studying to determine photographs which can be more likely to work properly, separating them with image-selection filters into 4 classes: Folks, Pets, Nature, and Cities. You can too scroll via all of your pictures or specific albums and seek for pictures. Some individuals and pets will float above the clock (except you add widgets), however you possibly can toggle that with the Depth Impact choice accessible within the ••• button.
  • Photograph Shuffle: Having bother deciding which picture you like? The Photograph Shuffle wallpaper robotically selects and switches between pictures for you, letting you specify which classes to make use of, which individuals to incorporate, and even which particular person pictures to indicate or conceal (faucet the ••• button to take away a steered picture from the rotation). You possibly can set the picture to rotate with a faucet on the Lock Display screen, everytime you lock your iPhone, hourly, or every day.
  • Emoji: This wallpaper tiles as much as six emoji in a number of totally different grid sizes and layouts, and you may change the background colour by tapping the ••• button. Due to Apple’s high quality emoji artwork, the Emoji wallpaper is surprisingly enticing.
  • Climate: Those that work in windowless workplaces may significantly respect the Climate wallpaper, which modifications to replicate the present climate circumstances (and time of day) in your location.
  • Astronomy: For a broader perspective, the Astronomy wallpaper permits you to take a look at the Earth, Moon, or photo voltaic system everytime you decide up your iPhone. Swipe to select your most popular celestial physique and zoom degree.
  • Coloration: Need one thing easier? The Coloration wallpaper permits you to select a background colour gradient from the colour picker. Swipe to use totally different results.
  • Collections: This class, which seems solely within the gallery, gives Apple-designed graphics corresponding to Unity, Pleasure, and the clownfish wallpaper from the unique iPhone.

Take a while to discover all of the wallpaper sorts and their choices—the mixtures are practically infinite. There’s no draw back to creating and switching amongst totally different Lock Screens because the temper strikes you.

Clock font and colour

When you resolve on a wallpaper for a Lock Display screen, you possibly can customise the clock font and colour by tapping the clock. There are solely eight font choices, however you must be capable of discover one you want. With colour, Apple gives some options beneath the font decisions, however for those who scroll all the way in which to the appropriate and faucet the colour wheel, you should use iOS 16’s colour pickers to pick out any colour. The purpose is to ensure it’s readable in opposition to the background picture you’ve chosen.


Past the attention sweet of wallpapers and the customizable clock, widgets make the iOS 16 Lock Display screen extra helpful than ever. Some iPhone customers are accustomed to having flashlight and digital camera buttons on the Lock display—everybody can now add widgets to 2 distinct zones on the Lock Display screen, above and beneath the clock. The widget zone above the clock holds solely a single line of textual content or different controls, and it all the time shows alongside the date, which shrinks if needed. The zone beneath the clock is taller and might maintain two sizes of widgets: small ones that occupy a single slot and enormous ones that take over two slots. You possibly can combine and match small and enormous widgets to fill—or not—the 4 accessible slots.

So as to add widgets, faucet the specified zone and faucet widgets within the panel that seems. Ideas seem on the high, however for those who scroll down, you possibly can see a listing of all of the apps that supply widgets. Faucet an app to see its widgets—swipe to see the complete set it gives. When you’ve added a widget, you might be able to faucet it once more to configure it—corresponding to by specifying tickers for the Shares widget. To rearrange widgets, drag them however bear in mind that this works poorly in the mean time; it might be simpler to delete the widgets (faucet the ⊖ button) and add them once more within the desired order.


Focus subsumed Do Not Disturb in iOS 15. Though Focus is much extra versatile and customizable than Do Not Disturb, that energy additionally makes it exhausting to foretell when notifications will probably be blocked, since it may be tough to know when a Focus is lively. With iOS 16, Apple has made Focus extra apparent by letting you hyperlink a Focus to a Lock Display screen.

Once you’re within the Lock Display screen switcher, a Focus button seems towards the underside of every Lock Display screen. Faucet it and choose a Focus to hyperlink them.

Two issues turn out to be true when you’ve linked a Focus to a Lock Display screen:

  • Once you activate that Focus in Management Middle, or its settings trigger it to activate robotically, iOS 16 switches to the linked Lock Display screen. That’s helpful if in case you have a manually triggered Focus for household time, as an example, or an robotically activated Focus for Driving.
  • Once you change to a specific Lock Display screen, its linked Focus prompts and begins blocking notifications. It’s in all probability simpler to activate a Focus in Management Middle, however switching Lock Screens has the identical impact.

It could take a number of weeks to determine what Lock Screens you like and customise them to your liking, however we predict you’ll take pleasure in this new characteristic.

(Featured picture by Adam Engst)