How to Customize iPhone Lock Screen in iOS 16

With the release of iOS 16, your iPhone lock screen will no longer be the same. Customizing the lock screen with widgets, fonts, and colors is a feature iOS users have wanted for ages. After ignoring this popular request for years, Apple has finally answered our prayers and introduced a fully customizable lock screen. This means you can now customize your lock screen so that it’s not only eye-catching but also lets you track things…

With the release of iOS 16, your iPhone lock screen will no longer be the same. Customizing the lock screen with widgets, fonts, and colors is a feature iOS users have wanted for ages. After ignoring this popular request for years, Apple has finally answered our prayers and introduced a fully customizable lock screen. This means you can now customize your lock screen so that it’s not only eye-catching but also lets you track things like weather, activity, live scores, and more. If you are ready to get the most out of this feature, let’s jump straight to the next step to learn how to customize the iPhone lock screen in iOS 16.

Create and Customize iPhone Lock Screens in iOS 16 (2022)

In this article, we’ll tell you how to create a brand new lock screen from scratch in iOS 16. And we’ll also see how you can change specific items in your lock screen without creating a brand new one. You can use the table of contents below to jump to any section that interests you.

What kind of lock screen customization tools does iOS 16 offer?

iOS 16 brings a bunch of useful customization tools to the iPhone lock screen. You can change the lock screen wallpaper, add widgets, change the font used in the lock screen time display, and use depth effects for a more unique look.

iOS 16 comes with a plethora of wallpaper options to choose from, but you can easily use your own images if you want. Additionally, the colors used for the lock screen clock, widgets, etc. can also be fully customized.

Create a Custom iPhone Lock Screen

Let’s see how you can create a brand new custom lock screen in iOS 16.

  • Unlock your iPhone, then long-press on your lock screen. This will take you to the lock screen edit mode. Here, tap the plus icon in the lower right or swipe from right to left to reveal the “Add New” lock screen option.
  • You can now choose a wallpaper. You can choose one from the options offered by Apple or select a photo from your library. In this example, I’ll be using the iOS 16 wallpaper that Apple introduced when it launched iOS 16.

Basic configuration is complete. Now let’s customize the lock screen.

  • Tap the clock. Here you can choose a font style for the time and even choose a color. Select the desired style and color and tap the cross icon.
  • Next, tap the plus icon under the clock. Here you can choose which widgets you want to add to your lock screen. Just tap on the widget you want to add. Then tap “Done”.

Note: You can add four small widgets (1×1), or two medium widgets (2×1), or one medium (2×1) and two small widgets (1×1) to the lock screen.

Pro tip: You can tap the date displayed at the top of the lock screen to add an additional widget there as well.

That’s it, you have successfully created a personalized iPhone lock screen! Easy, right?

Change lock screen wallpaper

While you can always create a brand new lock screen for your iPhone, if you just want to change your lock screen wallpaper, you can do that without designing a brand new one.

Note: As of iOS 16 Developer Beta 1, you can only change wallpapers in a lock screen that uses a custom image from your gallery. If you’re using an Apple-provided wallpaper, you won’t be able to change it without creating a brand new lock screen.

  • Unlock your iPhone and long press on the lock screen to enter edit mode. Here, tap on “Customize”.
  • Now tap on the image icon at the bottom left; this will open the wallpaper picker. You can now choose a different photo (or emoji/color, depending on the wallpaper you were originally using).

Note: If you’re using an Emoji lock screen, you’ll see the emoji icon instead of the picture icon. Likewise, if you are using a “Color” lock screen, you will see an icon to change the background color instead of the picture/emoji icon.

Use portrait wallpaper for depth effects

iOS 16 also supports depth effects in wallpapers. When using a Portrait photo as your wallpaper, you will be able to enable (or disable) depth effects. This makes the clock partially hidden behind the portrait image, giving your lock screen a 3D wallpaper effect. Here’s how to use Portrait wallpapers and enable depth effects.

  • Unlock your iPhone and long press on the lock screen to enter edit mode. Here, tap the plus icon to add a new lock screen.
  • Choose a portrait photo from your gallery or choose one from Apple’s options, such as the collection image I’m using here. You will see that the image partially covers the time displayed on the lock screen.
  • If you want to disable this effect, tap the three-dot button and tap “Disable Depth Effects”.

Use multiple wallpapers

If you want a new wallpaper every once in a while on your iPhone, you can do that too. Simply select multiple images as your wallpaper and iOS 16 will do the rest.

  • Unlock your iPhone and long press on the lock screen to enter edit mode. Here, tap the plus icon to add a new lock screen. Now tap on “Photo Shuffle”.
  • You can select categories here, or you can tap “Select Photos Manually”. Select the images you want to mix and press “Add”.
  • Now tap the three-dot icon at the bottom right and then tap “Shuffle Frequency”.
  • Choose the desired frequency. Personally, I like the “On Wake” option because it shows a new image every time I pick up my iPhone. Once you’ve selected the frequency, tap “Done” to set your new lock screen.

Change lock screen widgets

If the widgets you selected when creating your lock screen do not meet your expectations, you can change them very easily.

  • Unlock your iPhone and long press on the lock screen to enter edit mode. Here, tap on “Customize”.
  • Now tap on the widget area. You can now tap the “minus” icon on widgets to remove the widget you want to remove.
  • Then you can choose a new widget to add to your lock screen. You should try several combinations of widgets to get the one that best suits your usage.

Switch between lock screens

The best part about lock screens in iOS 16 is that you can create multiple styles to suit different occasions or moods and easily switch between them. Here’s how to change lock screen on iPhone with iOS 16.

  • Unlock your iPhone and long press on the lock screen to enter edit mode. Here you can swipe between all the lock screens you have created. Just select the one you want to switch to and that’s it!

While many users dislike Focus Mode in iOS, I love using it. I use it for meetings, to manage my bedtime, and for personal events when I don’t want to get work notifications. With iOS 16, however, I can even make sure my iPhone lock screen is suitable for the Focus mode I’m in. This means I can use a lock screen with a playful wallpaper and activity widgets for personal time, and a lock screen with the calendar widget and a more work-friendly wallpaper during work hours. desk.

  • Unlock your iPhone and long press on the lock screen to enter edit mode. Here, tap on “Focus”.
  • Now you can bind your lock screen to any Focus mode you like. As you can see I have a lock screen attached to my Focus ‘Silencio’ mode which is what I use when I absolutely want no notification from anyone.

Likewise, you can create multiple lock screens for multiple use cases and switch between them effortlessly.

Remove lock screens

If you’re like me, you’ve probably spent hours and hours creating all kinds of lock screens for your iPhone. But what if you have created lock screens that you are not very happy with? Well, luckily, you can also remove lock screens very easily.

  • Unlock your iPhone and long press on the lock screen to enter edit mode. Now find the lock screen you want to remove and long press on it.
  • Tap on the “Remove Wallpaper” option and that’s it; the lock screen will be removed.

Create custom iPhone lock screens and switch between them

iPhones have never been known for their personalization. However, with iOS 16, it seems that Apple is finally starting to realize that users like to show off their personal style on their smartphones as well. While lock screen customization is already pretty good, I hope Apple will soon start offering even more customization options across the system. What do you think? Would you like to further customize your iPhone lock/home screen, or replace app icons, etc. on your iPhone? Let us know in the comments.

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