How to Add Widgets on iPhone Lock Screen in iOS 16+

Your iPhone has Lock screen widgets that give you quick access to information regarding your schedule, the weather, and more. You can even tie these widgets to specific Focus Modes so that different widgets appear (or disappear) depending on what you are doing.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
October 6, 2022

Your iPhone has Lock screen widgets that give you quick access to information regarding your schedule, the weather, and more. You can even tie these widgets to specific Focus Modes so that different widgets appear (or disappear) depending on what you are doing. Let’s ex[ore this feature.

This is for the iPhone running iOS 16+. Screenshots are from iPhone XR

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Tip: It is recommended you view the post on “How to Use Lock and Home Screen Wallpapers on iPhone in iOS 16+” before implementing this post.

Using the Lock Screen Galleries

First, tap and hold your Lock screen anywhere to show the Lock screen gallery, then tap on the plus “+” icon to add a new Lock screen. Refer to the below image:

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About to add a wallpaper

Next, select a wallpaper to appear on your Lock screen. Tap on the Photos option to use an image you have taken or saved to your device. You can also use emojis, the weather, the position of the planets, and more. See the below image:

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Selecting a wallpaper from the gallery

Now, with your wallpaper chosen, modify your Lock screen by tapping on the various elements. You can tap on the date to change what information is displayed here, which will add more information to the date display like how much energy you have burned or upcoming calendar events. See the following image:

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Browse your suggestions

Next, you can also tap on the time to choose a specific font and color scheme, and swipe left and right on the wallpaper to change how your background is displayed with filters. Refer to the below image:

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Choosing elements

Finally, tap on the Add Widgets box to add a single row of widgets to your Lock screen. See the below image:

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Selecting to add widgets

Choosing Widgets

Widgets are information that you can easily see from your Lock screen. Many of these appear as smaller circles, of which you can fit four on a single Lock screen. See the below image:

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Adding the weather widget

Others take the form of double-length rectangles, including a more detailed weather forecast, upcoming reminders, news headlines, and information about markets and stocks. You can fit two of these, or one rectangular and two smaller circular widgets. See the following image:

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The added weather widget

When you choose to use widgets, you forego the ability to use the Depth Effect with your wallpaper. This can be toggled using the “…” ellipsis button while customizing a wallpaper. Refer to the below image:

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Adding Depth Effect

This effect makes it possible to overlay some elements of an image over the clock, for a more dynamic feel. It looks impressive, but it’s not particularly useful and widgets are arguably more useful.

At this point, save your newly created Lock screen wallpaper. Tap Done in the upper right-hand corner. See the below image:

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Save your wallpaper

Focus Modes

While selecting a Lock screen from the Lock screen gallery, tap on the Focus button to tie your chosen Lock screen to a particular Focus Mode. Assuming you have set up Focus Modes already, this lets you show relevant information while specific Focus Modes are active. See the following image:

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Accessing Focus

You can set up a custom Focus that triggers a particular activity or use one of the common ones. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting a Focus Mode

The Lock screen gallery and its associated widgets are available with the iOS 16 update. If you do not see these options, make sure you have updated your iPhone (and that your device is compatible with iOS 16).

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