How to Customize Lock Screen on iPhone 14 in iOS 16

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The new and improved lock screen is hands down, one of the best features Apple has introduced with its new iOS version, the iOS 16. Up until iOS 15, the Apple users were not-so-happy about the level of customizations they get. To be honest, Apple has been on the lower side when it comes to offering customizations to their Operating Systems. But with the launch of iOS 16, it looks like the company has now begun taking the customization seriously.

In the new iOS 16, users have been greeted with a ton of features to customize their lock screens. Multiple lock screens, lock screen widgets, and Focus Mode are some of the key things that make the iPhone lock screen interesting and more useful than ever before. There are so many things that Apple has provided specifically for the lock screen that it is unsurprising to me if you get intimidated by them and get lost.

To make things a little easier, here is a complete guide on how you can customize your iPhone lock screen with the new features offered in iOS 16.

What’s new in the iOS 16 lock screen?

Let’s have a brief overview of how what features are available on your iOS 16 device. All the lock screen customizations are accessible right from the lock screen itself and there is no need to dive into the settings. With that said, the iOS 16’s lock screen features go like this:

1. Multiple Lock Screens & Linked Focus Modes

You can have multiple customized lock screens with easy switch b/w them as per your mood and requirements. With different lock screens, you can also link different focus modes, making it possible to activate different focus modes just by changing the lock screen on your phone.

2. New Astronomy and Weather live wallpapers

There are a plethora of wallpapers and in my experience, the Astronomy and Weather wallpapers are just awesome. The weather wallpaper reflects the live weather as per your location. The Astronomy wallpaper also provides awesome aesthetics by imparting a variety of different wallpapers.

One thing to note here is that the home screen and lock screen wallpapers are linked together and you can’t use different wallpapers on separate screens. Only colors and photos from your camera roll are available to be used as wallpapers on the home screen as a different wallpaper.

3. Depth effect in lock screen wallpapers

One option that I found aesthetically very pleasing is the portrait wallpaper. What this does is it puts the subject from the photo in the foreground with a time clock in the background, creating a really subtle yet pleasing depth effect. Speaking about the time, for the first time ever, there is the option to set time and date in different fonts and colors on the lock screen.

4. Widgets on the lock screen

Besides aesthetic changes, Apple has also offered the addition of some helpful features like widgets. Yes, you are now allowed to put widgets on the home screen so that you don’t have to unlock your phone every time you want to have insights into things like battery level, upcoming calendar events, weather, etc.

5. Live Activities and relocated lock screen notifications

One more thing to pay attention to is the fact that Apple has now shifted the lock screen notifications to the bottom of the screen. Additionally, you’ll now also be able to see the Live Activities of the ongoing real-time events like a sports game, food delivery, workout, etc. However, in order to have the Live Activities, the developers of the app will have to implement the same for their apps.

Customize the iPhone Lock Screen

Now when you have a good idea about the new lock screen features, it’s now time to customize the lock screen. Let’s begin.

To enter into the lock screen customization on your iPhone, simply press the power button and verify yourself via the Face ID/ Touch ID. But do not enter into the home screen. Instead, long-press anywhere in the empty space on the lock screen and you should be on the lock screen customization screen.

One more way to enter the customization screen is via the home screen. If you are already on the home screen of your phone, open the notification center by swiping down from the top of the screen. Now, long-press anywhere on the empty space of the screen.

Now when you have successfully entered into the lock screen customization screen, you can begin with your customization process.

Changing the lock screen wallpaper

Let’s first change the wallpaper of your iOS device.

Step 1: Tap on the “+” icon located at the bottom right corner of the screen right next to the Customize button.

Step 2: An overlay screen will pop up with a lot of wallpapers in different categories to choose from.

Here, you can choose wallpapers from the Featured, Weather & Astronomy, Emoji, and Color categories. From the emoji section, you can set the wallpaper of the emojis that are already available on the iOS keyboard. However style of the emoji wallpaper can be chosen from the small grid, medium grid, large grid, and spiral by swiping through them and the same also applies to the background color. Similarly, you can set different types of wallpapers from the Color section.

Step 3: You can also choose a wallpaper from your camera roll. For this, Tap on the Photos option, select the photo, and swipe left or right if you also want to apply filters to it.

As far as the wallpapers with the depth effect are concerned, you can set them by going to the People section. All the photos in your camera roll that are supported with the depth effect will get listed there and you are allowed to choose any of them.

If you want wallpaper shuffle on your lock screen, you can select the Photo Shuffle option. This will open the photos in your camera roll from where you can select multiple of them to add to the shuffle.

Customizing the lock screen

After changing the wallpaper, it’s time to give the lock screen touch of your personal taste. There are a ton of things that you can customize as per your preferences and after entering the lock screen customization mode by using the steps described above.

After entering the customization mode, tap on the Customise button located at the bottom of the screen. After tapping on the Customise button, all the individual elements on the lock screen will get separated by their white-colored borders.

Customize the lock screen Date and Time

After tapping on the Customise button:

Step 1: Tap on the time to change its color and font style.

Step 2: You will be greeted with an overlay menu of Font & Colour. Simply tap on the number depicted in different font styles to change the font of your clock.

Step 3: To change the color of the font, tap on the small circles in different colors located right below the font styles. For s custom color, navigate to the extreme right of the colored circles, tap on the rainbow-colored circle and select the color of your desire.

This will change the color of your Date, Time, and Widget’s text.

Note: The change in font style only affects the clock while the change in color affects the clock, date, and widgets.

Adding Widgets to the lock screen

Now let’s see how you can add the so-called widgets you might be the most excited about like me.

Step 1: While staying on the lock screen customization screen, when you see all the lock screen components separated with their respective white borders, tap on the “+” icon located right below the clock.

Step 2: This will open an Add Widgets screen from the bottom of the screen. Now you can add widgets from here just like you add widgets to the home screen or Today view screen. Either tap on the widget in the Suggestions section to add or select a widget by going to the list of apps at the bottom.

You can add either 4 small widgets, 2 small and 1 large widget, or 2 large widgets below the clock.

Step 3: To remove a widget, simply tap on the “” icon located in the top-left of the widget.

Step 4: You can also add one more single widget which is at the top, right next to the date. To do so, tap on the date to edit. However, unlike other added widgets, this widget can not be deleted.

In order to revert back to only the date, you’ll have to select the Date widget under the Calendar section.

Enabling/Disabling the Depth effect in wallpaper

Even though the depth effect in the wallpapers looks really cool, it’s not that everyone would have the same liking. Hence to disable it:

Step 1: Tap on the 3-dot circle located in the bottom-right of the lock screen customization screen.

Step 2: This will open two options:

  • Disable Depth Effect: Tap on it to disable the depth effect on the current lock screen wallpaper.
  • Enable Perspective Zoom: Tap on it if you also want to enable perspective zoom from the lock screen wallpaper.

Step 3: Once you are done with the customization, tap on the Done option located in the upper-right of the screen.

Multiple Lock Screens

As I said earlier, Apple also provides the facility to have multiple lock screens of different kinds. To add a new lock screen,

Step 1: Simply enter the lock screen customization mode and tap on “+” to add a new lock screen.

Step 2: After adding a new lock screen, follow the above steps to customize it as per your requirement with widgets, wallpapers, etc.

Step 3: After you have multiple lock screens, you can switch b/w them by swiping left or right after entering the lock screen customization mode.

Step 4: After having your desired lock screen in front of you, you can select it by either taping on it once or by swiping from the bottom (for iPhones without a Home button) or pressing the Home button.

Link Focus modes with Lock Screens

iOS 16 lets you activate different focus modes by simply changing the lock screen. As there is the option to add multiple lock screens, hence there can be multiple linked focus modes that you can activate by setting the corresponding lock screen. But for that to happen, you’ll first have to link your focus profiles to your different lock screens.

Step 1: Long-press on your wallpaper and swipe to the lock screen to which you want to link the focus.

Step 2: You’ll see a Focus button located at the bottom of the lock screen. Tap on it.

Step 3: This will open the Link Focus overlay menu. From here, select the focus mode that you want to link by tapping on it.

And that’s it, your selected focus will get linked to your selected lock screen.

Delete a lock screen

If there is any lock screen that you don’t want to have any more on your iPhone, you can delete it.

Step 1: Enter the customization mode by long-pressing the wallpaper.

Step 2: Swipe to the lock screen that you want to delete and then long-press on that lock screen.

Step 3: You will now get an option called Delete Wallpaper, tap on it to delete the lock screen.

Bottom Line

And with that said, I wrap up this guide on customizing the iPhone lock screen in iOS 16. From the guide, you can easily have an idea that Apple has definitely taken the lock screen seriously and has imparted the productivity vibes here as well. The lock screen is so much functional and useful in iOS 16. Features like the lock screen widgets, linked focus modes with different lock screens, etc. are definitely some of the really useful features. And for aesthetic lovers, the new wallpapers, depth effect, and filters just serve endless possibilities of customization.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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