New iOS 16 Lock Screen: How to Customize Photos, Widgets and Fonts

This story is part of Focal Point iPhone 2022, CNET’s collection of news, tips and advice around Apple’s most popular product.

iOS 16, the latest mobile operating system for the Apple iPhone, was released to all compatible iPhones on Monday. While the new upgrade is full of cool features, perhaps the biggest is a new customizable lock screen.

The new lock screen on iPhones with iOS 16 will let you automatically rotate through images, enable filters, change the font type and color, add widgets and more. If you’ve been waiting for the opportunity to break free from Apple’s traditionally limited lock-screen options, your time has arrived. 

Here’s how you can customize your lock screen in iOS 16.

New iOS 16 Lock Screen: How to Customize Photos, Widgets and Fonts 1

Now playing:
Watch this:

Testing iOS 16 (Edit/Delete Sent Messages, New Lock Screen…


To customize or add a filter to your lock screen image, simply press and hold the image and tap Customize. From there, swipe left or right to choose from different styles, filters and fonts. If you want to go beyond the suggested styles offered, you can customize further by tapping on any element on the lock screen. For instance, if you want to change the font or color of the time, you can tap on the clock to do so.

iOS 16 lock screen customization options

You can choose from different time fonts.

Apple/Screenshot by CNET

You can also add widgets right to the lock screen if you want to have information like weather, activity rings or calendar events at a glance. You can tap on the plus sign under the clock to bring up the Widget Gallery. Then, just drag whatever widgets you want from the gallery onto your lock screen.

iOS 16 lock screen widget gallery

iOS 16 lets you add widgets directly to the lock screen.

Apple/Screenshot by CNET

Once you’ve personalized your lock screen to your specifications, you can tap Done in the top right corner to save it. 

You can also create an entirely new look from scratch. Swipe to the right on the lock screen to bring up a new wallpaper gallery with different preset collections and designs you can choose from. Or you can choose from your own photo library.

iOS 16 lock screen wallpaper gallery

Apple/Screenshot by CNET

If you want to shuffle through a set of photos throughout the day, you can choose the Photo Shuffle option. You can browse through the Suggested Photos library to find photos intelligently curated from your photo library.   

For more tips, check out how to customize your home screen and 20 setting tweaks that will change how you use your iPhone.

New iOS 16 Lock Screen: How to Customize Photos, Widgets and Fonts 3

Now playing:
Watch this:

iOS 16 Introduces Live Events on Your Lock Screen


Related Posts

Streaming Services in October: You May Want to Cancel These

What’s on your streaming watchlist this month? October might get you into Halloween-themed TV shows and movies for the season, but you don’t have to watch horror…

The 16 Audible Books that CNET Staff Love to Read

This story is part of Gift Guide, our year-round collection of the best gift ideas. While we can all agree that reading books is great, listening to…

TikTok’s New Editing Tools Let You Adjust Video, Sound and Text, Add Sound Effects

TikTok has rolled out a suite of new editing tools that allow users to more easily adjust video, sound, text and more, the company announced Thursday. The…

VPN Demand Surges in Iran as Protests Continue, Study Shows

Demand for virtual private network apps has skyrocketed over 3,000% in Iran, researchers said, following Iranian authorities’ attempts to block in-country access to WhatsApp and Instagram on Sept….

Android 12 Hidden Features That You Probably Didn’t Know About

Google on Thursday announced the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, which will both be released next week and come with Google’s latest mobile software update — Android…

With iOS 16, Here’s How to Recover Deleted Text Messages on Your iPhone

It might seem surprising, but if you ever wanted to recover a deleted text message on iOS 15, the only way to do it was to hope…