How to Add Widgets to iPhone Lock Screen in iOS 16

How to Add Widgets to iPhone Lock Screen in iOS 16

One of the most notable points when comparing Android and iOS is the massive customization offered by Google's mobile operating system. However, Apple has realized this potential and has now started catching up with Android. iOS 15 brought home screen customization to iPhone and now iOS 16 is here with lock screen customization. Well, you can finally see more than the clock and notifications on your iPhone lock screen with widgets. So, if you have iOS 16 beta installed on your iPhone, follow this guide to learn how to add widgets to the lock screen easily. 

Instead of a page dedicated to widgets, iOS 16 now allows you to add widgets above and below the lock screen clock on your iPhone. We'll first discuss how these widgets work and then dive into the details of adding or removing widgets in iOS 16. That said, let's dive in.

How do lock screen widgets work on iPhones?

By adding widgets to the iPhone lock screen in iOS 16, Apple allows you to get important information at a glance. You can follow live cricket scores, track your steps in real-time, and even check the latest weather conditions. While a step in the right direction, the lock screen widgets are not interactive, like the home screen widgets on the iPhone. By tapping on the widgets on the lock screen, you will be redirected to the respective app.

 While the lack of interactive widgets is disappointing, it's not a trading tool. Many users will always be happy to pin widgets and customize their iPhone lock screen and easily access information. That said, let's learn how to customize lock screen widgets on iPhones running iOS 16.

Add Widgets Under The Clock on iPhone Lock Screen

As we mentioned above, you can add widgets below and above the clock on the lock screen. First, customize the main widget panel that appears below the lock screen time and show more informative widgets. 

1. Unlock your iPhone with FaceID or TouchID. Long press on the lock screen wallpaper. To customize the lock screen, select the "Customize" button at the bottom. You can also create a new lock screen and customize it by clicking the Blue "+" button at the bottom right.

Customize lock screen widgets in iOS16

2. Next, select the empty rectangular box which is shown below the clock on the lock screen to open the widget panel.

Customize lock screen widgets in iOS16

3. This widget panel will suggest to you all the widgets you can use on your lock screen followed by a list of apps available in iOS16. Conclusively, you can now have many lock screen widgets for native Apple apps, and other third-party widgets will be officially released later this year. 

4. There are actually two ways to add widgets to the iOS 16 lock screen on your new iPhone. The easiest way to add a widget is to tap on the specific widget and it will appear in the lock screen widgets panel under the clock. So, simply choose your required widgets and select them.

Customize lock screen widgets in iOS16

However, if you want a little more control over the placement of widgets, you can also drag and drop widgets into the rectangular frame below the clock on the lock screen. You can also long-press a widget and drag it around the rectangular area to change its position. 

Customize lock screen widgets in iOS16

5. Now that you know how to add widgets to the lock screen, it's important to note that there's a limit to the number of widgets you can include on your watch. Apple allows combinations of the following widgets on the lock screen - up to 4 square (1 x 1) widgets, 2 square (1 x 1) widgets, one rectangular (1 x 2) widget, and two rectangular widgets (1 x 2). Here's an overview of all combos:

Customize lock screen widgets in iOS16

6. After customizing the lock screen widgets to your liking, tap "Done" in the upper-right corner to confirm the changes.

Customize lock screen widgets in iOS16

Add Widgets Above the Clock on iPhone Lock Screen

In addition to adding widgets below the time, Apple also allows you to include a  widget next to the date/date panel above the lock screen clock. The process is still the same as above, where you need to long press the lock screen wallpaper and customizes its layout. Here's how the process works: 

1. For customizing the iOS16 lock screen on your latest updated iPhone, click on date/month section above the clock to open the widget panel.

Add Widgets Above the Clock on iPhone Lock Screen in iOS16

2. Now find a widget and click to add it to the date section. After doing so, click "Done" in the top-right corner to confirm your choice.

Add Widgets Above the Clock on iPhone Lock Screen in iOS16

How to change/remove widgets on iPhone lock screen

Now, the process of removing or replacing the widget with another widget is also quite simple. So, if you want to remove a widget or add a new widget to your iPhone lock screen in iOS 16, follow the steps below: 

1. Unlock your iPhone with FaceID or TouchID, then long press the lock screen to enter the lock screen carousel.

2. Now click on the "Customize" button under the lock screen where you want to customize the widgets. Then, select the widget panel below or above the clock.

How to change/remove widgets on iPhone lock screen

3. To remove a widget from your iOS 16 lock screen, you need to select the "-" (minus sign) at the top-left corner of the widget.

How to change/remove widgets on iPhone lock screen

If you want to change the widget that appears next to the date/date above the clock on the lock screen, just tap it and select the new widget to use and replace the existing one. 

How to change/remove widgets on iPhone lock screen

4. Then, if you want to add another widget to its place on the lock screen, tap the new widget in the widgets panel or drag it to the desired position in the rectangular frame. 

5. When you're happy with the updated lock screen widget panel, tap "Done" to confirm.

How to change/remove widgets on iPhone lock screen

List of Lock Screen Widgets Available on iPhone

In this section, we have listed all the different widgets that you can use on your iPhone lock screen. We've divided this into widgets that you can apply above and below the clock on the lock screen. So let's take a look at  all the widgets currently powered by Apple:

Widgets You Can Use Above the Lock Screen Clock

  • Calendar
    • Day, Date, and Month (default, not removable)
    • Next event
  • Clock
    • World Clock – Single City
    • Next Alarm
  • Fitness
    • Activity (shows move calories)
  • Reminders
    • (Tasks) due today
  • Stocks
    • Single stock ticker
  • Weather
    • Moon Events
    • Sun Events
    • Conditions (see current weather at your location)
    • Location
    • Rain
    • Air Quality (AQI)
    • UV Index
    • Wind

Widgets Usable Below the Lock Screen Clock

  • Batteries
    • 1×1 battery charge indicator
    • 1×2 battery charge indicator
  • Calendar
    • 1×1 Next Event
    • 1×2 Next Event
  • Clock
    • 1×1 World Clock – Single City (Analog)
    • 1×2 World Clock – Single City
    • 1×2 World Clock
    • 1×1 Next Alarm
    • 1×2 Next Alarm
    • 1×1 World Clock – Single City (Digital)
  • Fitness
    • 1×1 Activity (track movement)
    • 1×2 Activity (track movement)
  • Home
    • 1×2 Summary
    • 1×2 Climate
    • 1×1 Climate Sensor
    • 1×1 Security
    • 1×1 Security Accessory
    • 1×2 Lights
  • News
    • 1×2 Today’s Top Stories
  • Reminders
    • 1×2 (Reminder) List
  • Stocks
    • 1×2 Watchlist (track multiple stocks)
    • 1×1 Symbol (track one stock/market)
    • 1×2 Symbol (track one stock/market)
  • Weather
    • 1×2 Moon Events
    • 1×1 Sun Events
    • 1×2 Conditions
    • 1×1 Rain
    • 1×1 Temperature
    • 1×1 Air Quality
    • 1×1 UV Index
    • 1×1 Wind

Frequently Asked Questions

How many widgets can you add below the time on the iPhone lock screen?

The space to add widgets in the main widget section is limited, so you can only add four widgets under the clock on your iPhone lock screen. You can use the following combinations of widgets on your lock screen - 4 small square widgets, 2 square widgets, and 1 rectangular widget, and 2 rectangular widgets.

How many widgets can you add above time on the iPhone lock screen?

You can just add a  widget above the lock screen time and it appears next to the default date/date and time widget.

Are iPhone lock screen widgets interactive?

No. The widgets on the lock screen on iPhone are not interactive, and tapping on the widget will take you directly to the respective app.

Add Widgets to iPhone Lock Screen in iOS16

So yes, by adding widgets you can make your iPhone lock screen useful and easily access key information. Currently, there are several lock screen widgets available in iOS 16 on iPhones. But it's only a matter of time before third-party app makers release their own lock screen widgets, giving you plenty of options to choose from. In the meantime, try out the widgets Apple made available for its native apps in iOS 16. And let us know what you think about the lock screen customization and iOS 16 widgets in the section comment. Finally, if you encounter any errors or have any questions, let us know in the comments and someone on our team will help you.