How to Edit and Customize Lock Screen on iOS 16

Want to learn how to edit and customize the lock screen on iOS 16?

iOS 16 has finally rolled out with features that have the users hooked. This time, Apple has focused not only on the operating system’s functionality but also the aesthetics and personalization.

One of the most talked about updates is the high customization control over the Lock Screen. You can edit fonts, get suggestions for pictures in your gallery to put up as wallpaper, and even add live-action widgets. Other than that, you can also set up multiple lock screens and switch between them according to your mood. 

Through this guide, you’ll learn how to edit and customize the lock screen on iOS 16. So without further ado, let’s jump straight to it!

1. Change the Wallpaper.

The lock screen wallpaper is the first thing people notice on your device. It’s also the first thing you’ll land your eyes on when you turn on your iPhone. Therefore, choosing a good wallpaper is a must.

Though Apple offers a variety of lock screen wallpapers that you can choose from, you may also pick out an image from your Camera Roll or select Photo Shuffle, which lets you select multiple pictures. These pictures will be shuffled throughout the day automatically.

Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and locate Wallpaper and tap on it.
wallpaper in iphone settings
  1. Then, select Add New Wallpaper.
add new wallpaper option iphone
  1. You can choose a preset theme background from Weather & Astronomy, Emoji, etc. 
wallpapers iphone
  1. Similarly, for static wallpapers, choose Photos or Photo Shuffle for several photos on your lock screen.

After you’ve selected your desired image, you can set it as the wallpaper and start customizing other features.

2. Change the Font and Color.

Another way to edit and customize the lock screen on iOS 16 is by changing the font and color of the displayed time. Similar to the various choices in Wallpaper, you have multiple fonts and color options to choose from. 

Here’s how to change the font and color to better customize your lock screen:

  1. Start by pressing and holding onto your lock screen to access the editing mode. 
  2. Next, select Customize present at the bottom of your screen. 
customize lock screen
  1. Tap on the time to change the font style and its color.
time widget
  1. From the various given font options, tap on the one you like to change your font. 
Edit and Customize Lock Screen on iOS 16
  1. Look for the font color options below the fonts. You can swipe right and left and tap on the one you like. The rainbow color at the right end allows you to pick a specific color from a grid, slider, etc. 
Edit and Customize Lock Screen on iOS 16
  1. Once done, tap on Done from the upper-right corner.
  2. The font color will be applied to the time, date, and widgets. 

3. Add or Remove Widgets.

Widgets lets you see the current status of your all-time favorite apps instantly. By adding widgets to your lock screen, you can access the latest information regarding weather, events, battery, news, and more. 

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Tap on the area right below the time on your iPhone lock screen.
  2. From the widgets pop-up box that appears, select the ones you wish to add to your lock screen. 
add widgets lock screen
  1. You can either choose from the recommended widgets at the top or scroll down and tap on the app you’d like a widget for. You will be shown multiple widgets available for the app that you can select from. 
  2. The widgets differ in size. In total, there is space for a maximum of four small widgets, two large widgets, or a combination of two small widgets and a big widget. 
  3. You can even add a widget next to where the date is displayed on your lock screen. Simply tap on the date, and an overlay screen will pop up. From there, choose the widget that you want to see next to the date.
Edit and Customize Lock Screen on iOS 16
  1. If you don’t like a widget that you’ve added, you can simply remove it. To do so, select the – icon from the top-right corner of the widget. 
  2. Then, choose Remove Widget from the prompt that appears.
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  1. Once you’re satisfied with the added and removed widgets, tap on Done from the top-right corner. 

4. Enable Multilayered Effect.

Another addition to the customization of your lock screen on iOS 16 is the multilayered effect. Using this new visual effect, the subject in your lock screen wallpaper will be layered in front of the displayed time or widgets adding a sense of depth to the lock screen.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. While in the lock screen editing mode, tap on the three dots icon in the lower-right corner of the screen. 
  2. Afterward, choose Enable Depth Effect
enable depth effect iphone
  1. Lastly, tap on Done

Keep in mind that if you select a complex lock screen with many subjects, the effect may block the time, date, or widgets, making it impossible for it to work correctly. In such instances, enabling the effect won’t make a change. 

5. Use Multiple Lock Screens.

iOS 16 allows you to create multiple lock screens that you can always switch back and forth from. Furthermore, you can customize each one just the way you like by following the various methods mentioned in this guide. 

Here’s how to set multiple lock screens on iPhone:

  1. First, press and hold down the lock screen wallpaper to get to the editing mode.
  2. Select the + icon to add multiple lock screens and customize them accordingly.
add multiple lock screens
  1. Swipe across the lock screens and tap on the one you’d like to set as your current lock screen. 

There’s no specified limit to the number of lock screens you can add. Therefore, you can create as many as you’d like. 

Although Focus can be accessed and enabled from your Action Center and Settings, linking Focus to one of your lock screens is an efficient way to utilize the new update. By doing this, you can easily switch to the specific lock screen, and the associated Focus mode will be activated automatically. 

Follow these steps below to link Focus with a lock screen:

  1. Launch the screen settings by pressing and holding down the lock screen.
  2. Choose the Focus button at the bottom of the screen.
focus in customize lock screen
  1. A window will appear containing all your Focus modes. Select the Focus mode you’d like to link with the lock screen.
link focus to lock screen iphone
  1. Tap on the wallpaper to confirm the changes.

6. Delete a Lock Screen.

If you have created a lock screen collection and don’t want a specific lock screen wallpaper anymore, you have the option to delete it at any time. You can easily do this with only a few steps. 

Here’s how:

  1. Tap and hold the lock screen to access the editing mode.
  2. Swipe across until you locate the screen you wish to delete.
  3. Long tap the lock screen, and a Delete Wallpaper button will appear at the bottom of the screen.
Edit and Customize Lock Screen on iOS 16
  1. Tap on it to delete the lock screen.

This concludes our guide on how to edit and customize the lock screen on iOS 16. If you have any confusion or query, let us know in the comments section below. We’ll be more than happy to assist you further. 

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  • Aimen Choudhry

    Aimen Choudhry is an architecture student who has always been fascinated by science. She now finds her therapy researching and writing about the latest technology and the issues that come alongside. Otherwise, you’ll find her playing video games, listening to music, or watching fantasy/sci-fi movies.

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