Lock screen iOS 16 – Soon the iPhone will be like this

One of the best news in iOS 16, which will be released to everyone this fall, is a brand new lock screen.

Apple has not given you completely free rein (as on Android), but you can customize the lock screen to a much greater extent than before, both by changing fonts and colors, adding widgets, having different types of background images and so on.

Here we give you a quick introduction to how to set up the new lock screen in iOS 16.

This is what you do

You can customize your new lock screen from two different places. You can go via Settings > Wallpaper and press on Add background.

You can also go via the lock screen itself, by pressing and holding anywhere on the screen (except above the notifications). Then the image will zoom out to an editing mode. Press Customize or the plus sign to add a new background.

Soon the iPhone will be like this

Select background

The first thing to do when creating a new lock screen is to choose a background. There are several new types of backgrounds to choose from.

Weather is a dynamic background that shows current weather conditions where you are, while Astronomy takes you into space and the solar system.

The old dynamic backgrounds are still available – and Apple has even brought out an old classic in the form of the clownfish wallpaper that came with the first iPhone model.

Soon the iPhone will be like this

You can create backgrounds with psychedelic patterns based on your favorite emojis, but you can also create simple backgrounds based on colors.

Then you can of course choose your own photos, one or more – both manually or a mixture of photos that are chosen randomly based on your settings.

If you want to use more images that scroll, you can do that too. You can choose how often they should be changed, for example once every hour or every time you wake the screen again.

Soon the iPhone will be like this

Change font and color

For the first time, Apple lets you change both the font and color of the iPhone lock screen. It is admittedly limited to the font on the digital clock, while the color also includes the widgets.

Soon the iPhone will be like this

Add widgets

Then, for the first time, you can also add widgets to the iPhone lock screen. Until now, the selection of widgets has been limited to Apple’s own apps, but hopefully third-party apps will come with their widgets when iOS 16 is officially launched later this year.

Adding widgets is a simple matter. It can be done in two places.

If you press the strip above the clock, you get a list of available widgets. In addition to the date, you can display upcoming calendar appointments, the weather forecast, reminders and activity information. Just tap on a widget to add it.

Soon the iPhone will be like this

Below the clock there is a larger area for widgets. At the time of writing, there is room for a maximum of four, depending on size. Weather forecast, battery status, activity info, calendar appointments, reminders and news are among some of the widgets you can choose from per today’s date.

Here again, you just tap on a widget to add it, and just drag and drop to move it around. If you want to remove, press the minus button.

The widgets also work as shortcuts, so you can press them to open the respective apps. The weather forecast will take you to Apple’s weather app, for example.

PS: If you drop widgets, you can also get a cool effect with portrait images superimposed over the clock at the top of the lock screen.

Soon the iPhone will be like this

What about the home screen?

When you’re done customizing the lock screen, tap Done in the top right corner. Then you get two options regarding the background image on your lock screen. You choose Use as background paira blurred version of the lock screen background is used.

You press on Customize Home screen, you can choose whether the background used should be blurred or not. You can also choose a completely simple color or a “graduation” (i.e. two colors that blend into each other). Or you can choose a completely different picture – and then check the stylish animation when you go from the lock screen to the home screen!

Soon the iPhone will be like this

Customize alerts

Notifications have also received a new animation in iOS 16, in that they are rolled in from the bottom of the screen. We’re guessing this may be unfamiliar to many, but you can customize how the notifications look.

Go to Settings > Notifications. Under show as you have three different options:

  • Stack: This is the default view, which shows new notifications from different apps in an overlapping stack.
  • List: Displays new notifications in a regular list, as in iOS 15.
  • Count: Shows only the number of notifications waiting for you.

Soon the iPhone will be like this

Speaking of notifications, Apple introduces a new type of notifications called “Live Activities” in iOS 16. This creates a widget on the lock screen of things that are happening live, typically a football match, clock countdown and the like. Fun!

Switch between lock screens

Not only can you customize your lock screen in iOS 16, but you can also have multiple lock screens that you switch between just by swiping the screen (note: you must be in edit mode to do this).

If you use Apple’s focus mode, which was launched with iOS 15 as an extended do not disturb function, you can set it up so that the different modes use different lock screens.

Soon the iPhone will be like this

A poo emoji lock screen might not fit when you’re at work, and for sleep mode it might be an idea to drop widgets and go for something quite simple.

When can I try?

iOS 16 is expected to be launched in September on the occasion of the launch of Apple’s next iPhone. You can download a trial version of the operating system already now, but remember that it is at your own risk – we still experience that there are a number of apps that crash.

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