APPLE completely overhauled the iPhone lock screen last week, giving fans more customization options than ever before.
You can now change what the display shows with personalized fonts, colors, and photos that all blend seamlessly.
Perhaps the most exciting change, however, is the addition of lock screen widgets.
These can display information such as the weather, sports scores, the latest news, and more.
Widgets have been available on your home screens – the pages where you keep your favorite apps – for a while now.
With the arrival of iOS 16, you can now add them to your lock screen too.
This is the screen that appears when you wake up your iPhone, but before you unlock it.
How to add widgets to iPhone lock screen
- Touch and hold the lock screen until the Customize button appears, then tap Customize.
- Tap the box above or below the time to see the widgets you can add to your lock screen.
- Tap or drag the widgets you want to add.
- Tap Done.
The best lock screen widgets to try today
Some of the best lock screen widgets are the ones developed alongside Apple’s suite of iOS apps.
This includes Weather, which (surprise, surprise) shows the local weather forecast right on your lock screen.
Calendar, News, and Apple Music are also worth trying out.
For something more visual, you can use the Photo Shuffle option to shuffle through a series of photos throughout the day.
Search the library of suggested photos to find photos curated by your Photos app.
Aside from Apple, there are tons of third-party apps that are also worth your time.
For example, if you use Google services, Google’s suite of apps has its own widgets for you to try, including Calendar and Gmail.
What is iOS 16?
This is the core operating system that powers the device and Apple’s delivers appFeatures and Themes on your iPhone.
This year’s new version is called iOS 16 and it’s packed with new features iPhone Features Users Have Been Waiting For.
This includes a new lock screen with widgets, stylized portrait wallpapers and notifications that roll up from the bottom.
Messages is also getting a major update, allowing you to edit or retrieve recently sent messages, as well as recover recently deleted messages or mark conversations as unread.
How to get iOS 16
To try iOS 16 for yourself, you need to update your iPhone software.
Go to Settings > General > Software update.
You can then type Update to iOS 16 at the bottom of the screen and then Download and install.
On some iPhones you will be redirected Download and install automatically.
You’ll be prompted to enter your iPhone passcode (if you have one) and then agree to Apple’s terms of service.
The download and installation process takes up to an hour. So make sure you send all important messages before you start.
The best tips and hacks for phones and gadgets
Looking for tips and hacks for your phone? Want to find these secret features in social media apps? We’ve got you covered…
Get the latest news about WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and other tech gadgets here.
We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online Tech & Science Team? Email us at email@example.com
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/9438647/your-iphone-lock-screen-big-secret-unlock-hidden-trick/ Your new iPhone lock screen has a BIG secret – how to unlock hidden tricks