The biggest visual change that iOS 16 is introducing to iPhones is the customizable Lock Screen and Lock Screen widgets. Thanks to these widgets, apart from time, you can also show weather information, upcoming events and reminders, news, stocks, and more. The Lock Screen widgets are useful in showing your pertinent information, and we think users are going to love them. So, here we list all the iPhone Lock Screen widgets you will get with the iOS 16 update.
Best iPhone Lock Screen widgets coming with iOS 16
We have added a table of content that you can use to peruse the list of widgets and move to a specific section if you want. But before we being, here’s how you can add widgets to your iPhone’s Lock Screen.
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How to add widget to iPhone Lock Screen
1. Unlock your iPhone and tap and hold on the Lock Screen to enter the edit mode.
2. Tap on the Customize button.
3. Tap on the Add Widget button to reveal all the widgets.
4. Tap or drag a widget to add it to the Lock Screen.
1. Time widget
The time widget is the only non-removable widget on the iPhone Lock Screen. While you can't remove the time widget, you can tap on it to reveal editing options. You can adjust the font, although you only get a select list of fonts. You can also change the color of the font.
2. Battery widget
The battery widget is a helpful widget that you can add to your iPhone’s Lock Screen after the iOS 16 update. The widget is available in two sizes, with the larger one showing the exact battery percentage of your iPhone. I wish the battery widget could also show the battery status of your AirPods, as that would have been more helpful than seeing your iPhone’s battery.
3. Calendar widget
The calendar widget is probably one of the most useful widgets to have on your iPhone Lock Screen. Combine that with Focus modes, and you can create a setup that will suit your work needs. Like the battery widget, the calendar widget is available in two sizes, with the larger one showing more information about your upcoming event.
4. Clock widget
The clock widget is a versatile widget that you can use to show different timezones, upcoming alarms, and more. It’s different from the time widget that you cannot remove. Using the clock widget, you can add clocks for specific cities, show time zones of multiple cities, and your upcoming alarms. If you work with people in different time zones, this can be a handy widget for you.
5. News widget
I don’t know why one would want an ever-present news widget on their iPhone’s Lock Screen, but it is available if you want to use it. We do not recommend using this widget. First of all, you don’t need another distracting thing on your Lock Screen. And secondly, the story headlines are not even legible because of the compact size of the widget.
6. Reminders widget
Another widget for people who want to stay on top of their tasks is the Reminders widget. It’s a simple widget that shows you the next due reminder. By the way, if you use the Reminders app for managing your tasks, do not forget to check our Reminders guide, where we teach you everything you need to learn to use the app effectively.
7. Stock widget
If you invest in stocks and want to keep track of your portfolio, it might be a good widget for you. It’s available in two sizes, with the bigger size letting you track three stock tickers at once. We don’t know how quickly the widget refreshes the stock price, so we are not sure how helpful it can be. But if you invest in stocks, you might as well give it a try.
8. Weather widget
The weather widget is the most comprehensive of all the Lock Screen widgets you get with the iOS 16 update. It can show temperature, UV index, wind speed, AQI, sunrise and sunset, precipitation, and more. It’s one of the useful widgets that everyone should have on their iPhone’s Lock Screen.
9. Fitness widget
Inspired by the Apple Watch’s rings, the fitness widget shows you the daily tracking activity. The widget can show your activity rings for move, exercise, and stand.
10. Home widget
The Home widget can show you the summary of your entire home. You can display climate control data, security, smart locks, lights, and more. I think the smart lock widget might be the most useful as you will see the status of your house locks at all times.
Best iPhone Lock Screen widget in iOS 16: final thoughts
For the first attempt at allowing you Lock Screen widgets, we would say that Apple has done a commendable job. There are still tons of missing opportunities here, but the company seems to be on the right track. If the iPhone 14 comes with an always-on Lock Screen that rumors are pointing toward, the Lock Screen widgets will become infinitely more useful. What do you think about these new Lock Screen widgets? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter.