How to change and customize your lock screen in iOS 16

The iOS 16 beta is here, and with it comes the first big redesign of the iPhone’s lock screen in years. While we won’t see a full iOS 16 release until at least September – likely alongside the iPhone 14 – if you’re an eager iPhone fan you can install the beta right now.

If you’ve taken the ever-present risk of installing beta software on your device and want to learn more about how to customize the new iOS 16 Lock Screen, you’ve come to the right place. Here we’ll look at adding extra information, changing the wallpaper and creating multiple lock screens.

What you’ll need:

  • An iPhone running the iOS 16 beta

The Short version

  • Hold down on the lock screen
  • Choose Customise
  • Choose your changes
  • customise
  • Set the new lock screen
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    Hold down on the lock screen

    To enter the new Lock Screen customization screen you’ll need to long press on the Lock Screen itself. Ensure you’re running the iOS 16 beta for this to work properly.

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    Either choose Customize or tap the Plus sign

    You’ll now be taken to a new screen that allows you to either customize a current setup or create a new one entirely. You can have multiple Lock Screens always accessible, and these can even be set in different Focus mode settings. You can, for instance, have a lock screen for work or one for the night. For this guide, we’ll tap Customize.

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    Start customizing

    You have a few options now. If you tap the time you’ll be able to change the font and colour, while tapping below the clock lets you add a few widgets – like a battery monitor or weather alert. If you want to change the background picture, tap the small photo icon in the bottom corner.

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    Set up a completely new lock screen

    Now let’s set up a completely new lock screen. Instead of tapping Customize, press the blue plus icon.

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    Choose your new lock screen

    Once you’ve tapped the blue plus icon you’ll be taken to a new gallery. This is full of pre-made Lock Screens, selected photos and various options. All of these pre-made screens can be edited or tweaked if you wish.

Troubleshoot

Does this work on the iPad too?

nope Apple hasn’t added the same Lock Screen features to the iPad it has with the iPhone. Hopefully we’ll see similar customization added to the tablet in future years.

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