How to manage your iPhone lock screen

Compared to Android, iOS used to be a less customizable operating system, giving you more benefits. While that’s still true to an extent, it’s come a long way, with customization options that didn’t exist three or four years ago. For example, these days, you can do more with a lock screen than you can recognize.

Here’s how to customize what you see – and how it looks – on your iPhone’s lock screen. (This was tested on an iPhone running iOS 15.3.)

First: the basics.

Your lock screen shows the time, date, and current notifications on the default view. We all know and love it.

Other features can be accessed on the lock screen if they are enabled in the settings. To choose which features appear, go to Setting > Face ID & Passcode (or Touch ID & Passcode on phones with Touch ID). Scroll down and you’ll find a list of features that can be turned off until you unlock your phone, including the control center, Today View, and other things like the ability to reply to messages. right from the lock screen. By default, all of them are enabled except for USB accessories.

Decide what features are available to you when your phone is unlocked.

Assuming it’s turned on, swiping down from the top right of the screen on phones with Face ID, or from the bottom up on phones with Touch ID, will bring up the control center. That’s where you’ll find quick access to things like screen brightness, volume, and Wi-Fi.

Swiping down from the center of the lock screen brings up Siri and search suggestions, which are your phone’s best guesses of what apps you might be looking for at that particular time. In the opposite direction, swiping up from the center of the screen brings up older notifications. Swiping from right to left brings you into the camera, and swiping from left to right brings up Today View. You’ve got some customization options for all of these features, and Today View is ripe for personalization because… widgets!

Today Watch

The Today View panel is where you can add widgets and other things you might want to see quickly without unlocking your phone. In addition to the usual questions like weather and calendar, you can add specific notes or featured photos from your iPhone gallery. Some extensions require the phone to be unlocked to use them, such as the Google extension to perform quick searches in Chrome, but others provide content you can enjoy without need to unlock the device, such as Reddit app cat calendar. (It’s just a daily calendar with a picture of a cat. That’s cool.)

Today View is also available from the home screen, and that’s where you’ll need to start customizing it and adding more widgets. On the home screen, swipe right to access Today View. From that:


Today View widgets can be viewed without unlocking your screen.

  • Touch and hold one of the widgets on Today View and tap Edit home screen when a small menu appears.
  • Tap the plus sign at the top left of the screen
  • From here, you can use the search bar to find a specific app or extension, or scroll down and browse through some of the suggested extensions.
  • Tap one of the widgets or one of the items in the app list below it to see all the options available for that particular widget
  • Swipe through the options and tap More widgets to include it in your Today View screen
  • Once the widget is in Today View, you can tap and hold to drag the widget around the screen and place it where you want

Control Center


The Control Center lets you toggle quick settings and access certain features from the lock screen.

If you’ve enabled access to the control center from your lock screen, that’s another place where you can add quick access to more functions, although they’re more handy in nature. a bit compared to the “cat calendar”. By default, you’ll find your flashlight and connection settings here, among others, but you can add more functionality to make it available on your lock screen. Just go to Setting > Control Center and scroll down to see your options.

Once you’ve selected your favorites, you can rearrange the order they appear on the panel. In the list of included controls, touch and hold the three bars to the right of the feature you want to move, then drag it up or down the list. The controls appear in row four below the Focus, brightness, and volume mode controls, starting with whatever is at the top of your list in the upper-left position.

Pro tip: some of your control center controls can do more if you press and hold them. Some will offer additional options this way – for example, the camera icon provides quick access to launch the camera app in portrait mode or to record video.


For many of us, the reason we use our phones about 5,000 times a day is to check notifications on the lock screen. You can customize them, both in appearance and where they appear.

To change the settings for any individual app’s notifications, go to Setting > Notification and scroll down Notification Type section. Select the app you want to adjust notifications for, and you’ll find another screen of options. Here, you can turn off that app’s notifications completely. Or, if you want that app to stop bothering you with notifications but you don’t want to use that kernel option, you can tweak it using the options below.

For example, you can choose how you’re alerted to notifications. If you hit the little blue check mark below Lock screen alert option, you will disable lock screen notifications for that app. If Notification Center the option next to it is selected, then those notifications will be moved to the notification center quietly without appearing on your lock screen. This is a handy way to reduce notification noise in your life.

You may want certain notifications from certain apps to be delivered immediately and the rest to the notification center – such as “your DoorDash order has been delivered” vs. $5 off your next DoorDash order.” That’s what Time Sensitive Notice toggle show – emergency notifications will always appear on your lock screen when they’re sent, no matter what alert type you’ve set. (Note: not all apps offer this option.)


You can customize the alert style of each app to minimize lock screen clutter.

There are some other customization options for notifications, but regarding the lock screen, you have one more option: enable or disable previews. Notifications appear with preview always enabled by default, which means you’ll see the full content of the notification whether the phone is unlocked or not. You can choose to have the preview appear only after the phone is unlocked if you want a little more security, so only the app icon appears – not the full text of the notification – or turn it off. Full preview.

Another option to reduce notification clutter on your lock screen is to provide certain app notifications in a daily summary. You specify the applications and when you want to receive them. Time-sensitive notifications from those apps will still go to you, but the rest will be quietly collected and sent to you in your summary.

To set up a scheduled summary, go to Setting > Notification > Scheduled SummaryTurn it on and then follow the prompts to choose an app and set up your summary time and frequency.

How to change your lock screen wallpaper

Ah, the lock screen wallpaper. Maybe it’s the modern equivalent of having your kid’s classroom picture in your wallet. Or maybe it’s your favorite photo from a hike you took 5 years ago that gives you a moment of calm when you see it. Or you look for high-impact graphics without any nostalgia attached. It’s your world, and here’s how you can customize it:

Go Setting > Background > Choose a new wallpaper

From here, you can choose one of Apple’s static or animated wallpapers, moving, or choose a photo from your phone’s gallery. Tap the image you want, zoom the image however you like and hit set. You will have the option to show it on your lock screen, home screen, or both. Then go ahead and enjoy the lock screen a little less for what you get and a little more for you. How to manage your iPhone lock screen

Fry Electronics Team

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