customize your lockscreen in iOS 16

The customizable lock screen was by far the most awaited feature in iOS 16, with the update out now users are trying to figure out what features the update offers and how to customize your lockscreen in iOS 16, as they are the first thing a person looks at in an iPhone.

Guide to Customize your Lock Screen in iOS 16:

Customizing your lock screen on iOS16 is an easy task; it takes around 5 minutes, but you must have an iPhone 8 or newer just for the update to take place. Here’s how you can style your lock screen the way you want.

STEP 1:LONG PRESS ON THE LOCK SCREEN

To start modifying, long press anywhere on the lock screen(other than the notifications).

Your lock screen will now zoom out, and you’ll see two buttons on the bottom of your iPhone: a Customize option and a (+) button to add a new starting-from-scratch lock screen.

  • Users can also change their lock screen in the Settings app under Wallpapers.

iOS 16 allows users to have more than just one permanent lock screen, you can add lock screens and change them either manually or automatically(by having specific wallpapers to specific focus modes).

STEP 2: CHOOSING LOCK SCREEN STYLES

The first thing you have to do is to choose what wallpaper you want. There are several new options you can choose from, which include;

  • Astronomy: This new option shows a globe that has different options. You can see the globe, or the close-up with your location on it, adding to that you can also see the same features with the moon, and you can also witness our Solar System.
  • Emoji: Users can choose up to 6 emojis which will then be their wallpaper after they’re put into a pattern
  • Photo Shuffle: This option automatically changes your lock screen images throughout the day. You can set images for a set amount of time.
  • Photos: A photo background selected from your Gallery.
  • Color: This option allows you to pick a plain background color.

STEP 3: CUSTOMIZING TIME DISPLAY

Now that you have styled your lock screen, iOS 16 allows you to change the font for your time display as well.

To change your time display, you simply have to tap on the time to pull out the Font and color picker. In iOS 16, Apple has also introduced numbers in different languages, users now can look at their time in Arabic, Indic, and Devanagari. There are 6 different font styles to choose from and a range of different colors.

STEP 4: ADD YOUR WIDGETS

Users can have 5 different widgets on your Lock Screen. Most of these widgets are tappable, but the apps that have private information on them cannot be accessed until Face ID recognizes you.

Under the time: You can add 4 different widgets below the time. You have 4 circular or square slots. There’s no limit though. Users can have none or all 4 slots with widgets.

Above the time: iOS 16 allows you to remove the date and have a widget instead of it. Users have room for a small horizontal widget above the time.

Apple already has a lot of built-in widgets, but they’ve allowed developers to add their own widgets. A lot of apps already have their widgets for the new lock screen out now.

STEP 5: CHANGE OPTIONS AND FILTERS

For all the new Lock Screen designs, users are allowed to have a set number of options to change. Users can change options, filters, and more by long pressing the lock screen and tapping customize on the lock screen they’re willing to edit.

For photos, users can swipe right and left to change their filters, and like before users can set whether they want perspective zoom or not. For the Photo shuffle option, tap the button on the lower left to select which photo you’d like on your lock screen and for how long you want them.

STEP 6: HOW YOU WANT YOUR NOTIFICATIONS TO APPEAR

As per default, notifications are stacked on the bottom of the screen, to view all of these notifications, you must tap on the most recent notification. Although, Apple has allowed users to change how they want their notifications to appear. You can do that in the Settings app rather than on the Lock Screen.

You can swipe the stack down to see a Count of your notifications or swipe the stack upward to see the full list as you would on earlier versions of iOS. But in Settings > Notifications, you can change the default to any of these views.

That’s all on how to customize your lockscreen on iOS 16. If you have any questions or you would like to share with us a customized version of your iPhone lock screen. Please do that in the comments.

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