People Are Realizing You Can Still Use iPhone While It’s Locked – 9 Features That Will Work

LONG-TIME iPhone fans may not have realized just how much you can do with a locked handset.

You might think your device is inaccessible – but that’s far from true.

Face ID blocks most content—but not everything


Face ID blocks most content—but not everything

Most sensitive content on your iPhone is locked with Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode.

But many functions are still active.

We’ve rounded up nine features that still work on a locked Apple phone.

Luckily, you can turn most of them off if you want – and maybe you should…

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View and search today

Today view is the screen that appears when you swipe from left to right on the lock screen.

It shows things like calendar, weather, featured photos, and messages.

notification center

Any notifications you’ve received will appear on the lock screen, which appears when you swipe down from the center of your display.

While they reveal app details, the content of the notification is kept secret.

control center

The control center houses everything from WiFi and Bluetooth controls to the media player.

So people could turn off your connection or blast music out of here if they wanted to.

Lock Screen Widgets

The lock screen widgets are brand new for iPhone in iOS 16.

You have to install and select them yourself before they appear, e.g. B. WhatsApp and Gmail.


The digital voice assistant Siri will still answer you even when the iPhone is locked.

However, it won’t do much until you unlock the device.

home control

If you have smart home products, you can access them from the lock screen.

So someone could tamper with your lights and other connected things.


You can also view bank cards stored in your iPhone wallet from the lock screen — although it never reveals sensitive details anyway.

In addition, this is switched off by default.

Call back missed calls

Missed calls are listed on the lock screen.

You can use this to call the person back.


You can press and hold the camera icon on the lock screen and the app will open.

That way, anyone can take snaps, but they can’t go in and view them or others you’ve taken.

How to change what is displayed on my iPhone lock screen

To change what appears on your iPhone lock screen, start by opening Settings.

Find Face ID & Passcode – You must enter your passcode to continue.

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Then scroll down to the bit titled “Allow access when locked”.

You can check and uncheck as you like.

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