Personalize your lock screen with iOS 16’s cool clocks and handy widgets

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This story is part WWDC 2022CNET’s full coverage from and about Apple’s annual developer conference.

With iOS16the next version of Apple’s iPhone software, you will be able to customize your lock screen like never before. Apple showed up new customization features it is rolling out with iOS 16 during the WWDC 2022 keynote in June.

These new features will allow you to auto-rotate a set of lock screen images, enable filters, change font type and color, add widgets, and more. If you’ve been waiting for the opportunity to free yourself from Apple’s traditionally limited customization capabilities, this upgrade will be a welcome one.

The iOS 16 public beta version is available for download now if you don’t want to wait for the general release of iOS 16 this fall to try out the new features.

Here’s how you can customize your lock screen in iOS16.


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To customize or add a filter to your lock screen image, simply hold down the image and tap Personalize. From there, swipe left or right to choose from different styles, filters, and fonts. If you want to go beyond the suggested styles offered, you can further customize by tapping any item on the lock screen. For example, if you want to change the font or color of the time, you can tap the clock to do so.

iOS 16 lock screen customization options

You can choose from different time fonts.

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You can also add widgets directly to the lock screen if you want to have information like weather, activity ringtones, or calendar events at a glance. You can press the plus sign under the clock to reveal Widget Gallery. Then just drag the widgets you want from the gallery onto your lock screen.

iOS 16 Lock Screen Widget Gallery

iOS 16 lets you add widgets directly to the lock screen.

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Once you’ve customized your lock screen to your specifications, you can tap Do in the upper right corner to save it.

You can also create a whole new look from scratch. Swipe right on the lock screen to reveal a new wallpaper gallery with different collections and preset designs for you to choose from. Or you can choose from your own photo library.

iOS 16 lock screen wallpaper gallery

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If you want to browse a series of photos throughout the day, you can choose the Shuffle photos option. You can browse the Suggested pictures library to find smartly curated photos from your photo library.

For more tips, see how to customize your home screen and 20 settings tweaks that will change the way you use your iPhone.


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