September 29, 2023

iOS 16 has been out for a bit now, and it’s doubtless protected to improve so long as you don’t depend on out of date apps that may not be suitable. If you make the leap, the primary new characteristic to take a look at is the aptitude 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 have to be unlocked at this level, which is usually a bit tough with a Contact ID-based iPhone—gently contact the Dwelling button to authenticate, however don’t press it otherwise you’ll open the Dwelling Display screen.)

Faucet the blue plus button to create a brand new Lock Display screen—see under for methods to configure it. After getting a number of Lock Screens, swipe left and proper to choose 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 in case you don’t like what you’ve carried out, delete it by swiping up and tapping the trash button.


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

  • Photographs: Most individuals will select a photograph for his or her wallpaper. iOS 16 makes use of machine studying to establish photos which can be prone to work properly, separating them with image-selection filters into 4 classes: Individuals, Pets, Nature, and Cities. You may also scroll by all of your pictures or explicit albums and seek for pictures. Some folks and pets will float above the clock (until you add widgets), however you possibly can toggle that with the Depth Impact possibility accessible within the ••• button.
  • Photograph Shuffle: Having hassle deciding which picture you favor? The Photograph Shuffle wallpaper routinely 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 point out or cover (faucet the ••• button to take away a instructed 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 day by 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 coloration by tapping the ••• button. Because of Apple’s high quality emoji artwork, the Emoji wallpaper is surprisingly engaging.
  • Climate: Those that work in windowless workplaces may notably admire the Climate wallpaper, which adjustments to mirror the present climate situations (and time of day) in your location.
  • Astronomy: For a broader perspective, the Astronomy wallpaper allows you to take a look at the Earth, Moon, or photo voltaic system everytime you decide up your iPhone. Swipe to choose your most popular celestial physique and zoom degree.
  • Coloration: Need one thing less complicated? The Coloration wallpaper allows you to select a background coloration gradient from the colour picker. Swipe to use totally different results.
  • Collections: This class, which seems solely within the gallery, gives Apple-designed graphics equivalent to Unity, Delight, and the clownfish wallpaper from the unique iPhone.

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

Clock font and coloration

When you determine on a wallpaper for a Lock Display screen, you possibly can customise the clock font and coloration by tapping the clock. There are solely eight font choices, however it’s best to be capable of discover one you want. With coloration, Apple gives some options under the font selections, however in case you scroll all the best way to the precise and faucet the colour wheel, you need to use iOS 16’s coloration pickers to pick any coloration. The objective is to ensure it’s readable towards 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 under the clock. The widget zone above the clock holds solely a single line of textual content or different controls, and it at all times shows alongside the date, which shrinks if essential. The zone under the clock is taller and might maintain two sizes of widgets: small ones that occupy a single slot and huge ones that take over two slots. You possibly can combine and match small and huge widgets to fill—or not—the 4 out there slots.

So as to add widgets, faucet the specified zone and faucet widgets within the panel that seems. Options seem on the prime, however in case you scroll down, you possibly can see an inventory of all of the apps that supply widgets. Faucet an app to see its widgets—swipe to see the total set it presents. When you’ve added a widget, you could possibly faucet it once more to configure it—equivalent to by specifying tickers for the Shares widget. To rearrange widgets, drag them however remember 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 arduous to foretell when notifications might 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.

If 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 change into true when you’ve linked a Focus to a Lock Display screen:

  • If you activate that Focus in Management Middle, or its settings trigger it to activate routinely, 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 illustration, or an routinely activated Focus for Driving.
  • If 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 might take a number of weeks to determine what Lock Screens you favor and customise them to your liking, however we expect you’ll take pleasure in this new characteristic.

(Featured picture by Adam Engst)