How to Customize the iPhone Lock Screen in iOS 16 | TechHarry

Customize iPhone Lock Screen on iOS16
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With the release of iOS 16, your iPhone lock screen will no longer be the same. Customizing the lock screen with widgets, fonts, and colors is a feature that iOS users have long wanted. After ignoring this popular request for years, Apple has finally answered our prayers and introduced a fully customizable lock screen. This means you can now customize your lock screen so it's not only eye-catching, but it also lets you  track things like weather, activity, live scores, and more. If you're ready to take full advantage of this feature, let's learn how to customize the iPhone lock screen in iOS 16

Create and Customize iPhone Lock Screen in iOS 16 (2022)

In this article, we'll show you how to create a brand new lock screen from scratch in iOS 16. And we'll also see how you can change specific items on your lock screen without the need to create a completely new screen. You can use the table of contents below to jump to any section that interests you. 

iOS 16 brings a bunch of useful customization tools to the iPhone's lock screen. You can change the lock screen wallpaper, add widgets, change the font used in the lock screen time display, and use depth effects for a more unique look.

iOS 16 comes with lots of wallpaper options to choose from, but you can easily use your own images if you want. Also, colors are used for lock screen clocks, widgets, etc. Can also be fully customized. 

Create a custom iPhone lock screen

Let's see how you can create a brand new custom lock screen in iOS 16. 

  • Unlock your iPhone then long press your lock screen. This will take you to the lock screen editing mode. Here, tap the plus icon at the bottom right or swipe from right to left to reveal the “Add New” lock screen option.
Create a custom iPhone lock screen in iOS16

  • You can now choose a wallpaper image. You can choose one of the options provided by Apple or choose a photo from your library. In this example, I will use the iOS 16 wallpaper that Apple introduced when it launched iOS 16.

Create a custom iPhone lock screen in iOS16

  • If you want to disable this effect, tap on the three-dot button, and tap on ‘Disable Depth Effects’.

The basic setup is complete. Now, let’s customize the lock screen.

  • Tap on the clock. Here, you may select the time's font style and even its color. Tap on the cross icon after choosing the preferred style and color.
Customize lock screen iOS16 on supported iPhone devices
  • Tap the + sign next to the clock. You can pick the widgets you want to include in your lock screen here. To add a widget, just tap on it. Then click "Done."
Customize lock screen iOS16 on supported iPhone devices
  • The lock screen allows you to add four small (1-widget) widgets, two medium (2-widget) widgets, or one medium (2-widget) and two small (1-widget) widgets.

You've successfully made a unique iPhone lock screen, so that's all! Simple, right?

Change Lock Screen Widgets

You can very quickly replace the widgets you chose while creating your lock screen if they don't meet your expectations.

  • To access the editing mode on your iPhone, unlock it and long-press the lock screen. Click or press "Customize" here.
Change Lock Screen Widgets in iOS16
  • Tap the widget area now. Now, you may remove any widget you want to get rid of by tapping on the "minus" icon on the widgets.
Change Lock Screen Widgets in iOS16
  • After that, you can pick a fresh widget to include on your lock screen. To find the widget combination that works best for your needs, you should experiment with a variety of widget combinations.

Use Portrait Wallpapers for a Depth Effect

iOS 16 also supports depth effects in backgrounds. When using a Portrait photo as your wallpaper, you can enable (or disable) the depth effect. This makes the clock partially hidden behind the portrait image, creating a 3D wallpaper effect for your lock screen. Here's how to use the Portrait background image and enable the depth effect.

  • Unlock your iPhone and long press on the lock screen to enter edit mode. Here, tap the plus icon to add a new lock screen.
Use Portrait Wallpapers for a Depth Effect in iOS 16 supported iPhone
  • Choose a portrait photo from your gallery, or choose one from Apple's options, such as the gallery photo I'm using here. You will see that the image covers part of the time displayed on the lock screen.
Use Portrait Wallpapers for a Depth Effect in iOS 16 supported iPhone
  • If you want to turn off this effect, tap the three-dot button and tap "Disable Depth Effect".
Use Portrait Wallpapers for a Depth Effect in iOS 16 supported iPhone

Use Multiple Wallpapers

If you want to have a new wallpaper on your iPhone from time to time, you can do that too. Just select multiple images as your wallpaper and iOS 16 will do the rest. 

  • Unlock your iPhone and long press on the lock screen to enter edit mode. Here, tap the plus icon to add a new lock screen. Now tap on "Photo Shuffle".
Use Multiple Wallpapers in iOS16 lock screen
  • You can select categories here, or you can press `Select photos manually`. Select the images you want to blend and press "Add".
Use Multiple Wallpapers in iOS16 lock screen
  • Now tap the three-dot icon at the bottom right then tap "Shuffle frequency".
Use Multiple Wallpapers in iOS16 lock screen
  • Select the desired frequency. Personally, I like the "On Wake" option because it shows a new picture every time I pick up my iPhone. Once you've chosen a frequency, tap "Done" to set your new lock screen.

Link lock screen to focus mode 

 Although many users don't like Focus Mode in iOS, I love using it. I use it for meetings, to manage my bedtime, and for personal events when I don't want to receive notifications about work. However, with iOS 16,  I can even make sure my iPhone lock screen matches the Focus mode I'm using. This means I can use a lock screen with playful wallpapers and active widgets for personal time, and a lock screen with a calendar widget and a more work-friendly wallpaper during work hours. 

  • Unlock your iPhone and long press on the lock screen to enter edit mode. Here, tap “Focus”.
Link lock screen to focus mode in iOS 16
  • You can now link your lock screen to any Focus mode you like. As you can see, I have a lock screen tied to my Focus Mode "Silencio", which is what I use when I absolutely don't want any notifications from anyone. 
Link lock screen to focus mode in iOS 16
  • Similarly, you can create multiple lock screens for multiple use cases and switch between them easily.

Switch Between Lock Screens

The best feature of lock screens in iOS 16 is that you can effortlessly swap between several layouts you've created to fit various situations or moods. Here's how to change iPhone lock screens with iOS 16.

To access the editing mode on your iPhone, unlock it and long-press the lock screen. You can swipe between each lock screen you've made from this point. All you have to do is choose the one you want to switch to!

Remove Lock Screens in iOS 16

If you're like me, it must have taken you hours to create all kinds of lock screens for your iPhone. But what if you have created a lock screen that you are not satisfied with? Fortunately, you can also remove the lock screen very easily. 

  • Unlock your iPhone and long press on the lock screen to enter edit mode. Now find the lock screen you want to remove and long press it. 
Remove lock screens in iOS16
  • Tap the "Remove Wallpaper" option and that's it; the lock screen will be cleared. 

Remove lock screens in iOS16

Create custom iPhone lock screens and switch between them

The iPhone has never been known for personalization. However, with iOS 16, it looks like Apple is finally starting to realize that users also enjoy expressing their personal style on their smartphones. While lock screen customization is already pretty good, I hope Apple will soon start offering even more customization options system-wide. What do you think? Do you want to further customize your iPhone's lock screen/home screen, or replace app icons, etc. on your iPhone? Let us know in the comments section.