The usual and cool iPhone lock screen is getting a huge improvement starting with iOS 16.
With lock screen widgets, you can add information from a variety of apps for you to see in a jiffy. And with the iPhone 14 lineup, widgets are part of the always-on display.
We highlight some of the best iPhone lock screen tools out there.
To add a lock screen widget, press down on your existing one and select File adjust or adapt A button at the bottom of the screen to edit the current lock screen. Click on + To create a brand new lock screen.
Widgets are available to put below the date and time. There are two different sizes available. Below are some suggested widgets for all your apps with lock screen widgets.
For a more comprehensive look at all the iPhone changes, take a look at our guide on How to customize your lock screen with iOS 16.
Here are some of the best lock screen tools available from third-party apps.
Launchify provides a different type of lock screen widget. Instead of information from an app, you can launch any app you can imagine from the lock screen. In just a few steps, you can select the app to add the lock screen and an image to use. Besides the app icon, you can choose a custom image or icon. When you’re done, just tap the icon and the selected app will start right away, and with the iPhone 14 Pro line, you don’t even need to unlock your iPhone.
The free version of the app will allow you to put two of the app’s widgets on the lock screen. A subscription is required to use unlimited tools. Subscribers can also add custom icons to an app and create a custom app to launch from the lock screen.
Download: release (Free in-app purchases available)
2. Apollo Reddit
Apollo for Reddit is a unique app that makes using the sometimes messy social network even better. With a little work, you can customize your Reddit experience.
And the app is ready for your lock screen with a huge amount of tools. One of the best options is the popular post tool that allows you to select your favorite subreddit and the tool will scroll through the popular posts throughout the day. You can also choose a subreddit shortcut tool. Other fun options include a karma widget, the latest widget, and even a remote widget that shows the total distance your fingers have traveled while using the app.
Although the app is free, there are two subscription tiers available to unlock a variety of features.
Download: Apollo Reddit (Free, subscription available)
3. Islands weather
CARROT Weather is the overall winner when searching for a weather app. It’s one of our favorite ways to have fun Complications on your Apple Watch. So it should come as no surprise that the app also offers a number of great widgets for your lock screen.
There are more than 20 tools to choose from. While there are the usual suspects like hourly and daily forecast charts, there are smaller tools with data points, even including a brand of CARROT.
The app is free with some features. But to unlock the majority of apps and lock screen widget offerings, you’ll need to subscribe to one of the available tiers.
Download: Islands weather (Free, subscription available)
Flying is usually never relaxing. But the powerful app Flighty can always make sure you’re on top of your flight. It offers a slew of great features like live streaming data and even the ability to see where your plane is 25 hours before a scheduled takeoff.
Some of the cool lock screen widgets you can choose from include the ability to see your flight countdown, the weather in the arrival city, the flight’s live status along with the departure gate and time. The progress bar during flight will work offline.
The app is free and provides basic use. A subscription is required to unlock the majority of features and get the most out of your lock screen widgets.
Download: reckless (Free, subscription available)
And when you’re not traveling, an ETA is a perfect way to find out more information about your travels on Earth. No matter if you are driving, walking, cycling or using public transportation, the app can show you travel time to any location.
This makes it a perfect app to add lock screen widgets for a quick look. There are three different options to choose from. The single location widget displays travel time and any delays on the road. Select it to see turn-by-turn directions in your chosen navigation app. Live List widget displays time travel to multiple destinations. Finally, the calendar widget will monitor your calendar for meetings with linked sites. If one is found, you will see the time of travel to the location and the estimated time of departure.
Download: And the ($4.99, in-app purchases available)
6. Pedometer ++
Tracking your steps can be difficult sometimes, even on the best of days. Pedometer++ allows you to quickly and easily use your iPhone as a pedometer to keep track of daily and weekly goals.
Great lock screen widgets help you see your daily progress without having to open the app. You can see daily step count, goal completion percentage/step count, or steps/distances/floors all in one widget.
Download: pedometer ++ (Free in-app purchases available)
With each passing year, Siri Shortcuts provide a great way to maximize your use of your iPhone. Surprisingly enough, Apple didn’t include a native way to launch shortcuts from a lock screen widget. But the completely free LockFlow does a great job of filling the gap. Simply set the exact name of the shortcut you want to run, choose the icon that will appear on the lock screen, and then add it to the lock screen.
Download: LockFlow (free)
You may have heard the name Widgetsmith. The app helped launch the home screen personalization trend that arrived with new features in iOS 14. So it should come as no big surprise that the app is also a great place to customize lock screen widget sections.
Just like the home screen, there are a large variety of different ways to customize lock screen widgets. Some options include time, data, weather information, and even an image. With just a few clicks in the app, you can create your own tool.
While the app is free, a subscription is required to unlock additional themes and fonts, and use widgets for weather, air quality, and pollen data.
To see how easy it is to customize the app for your home screen, read our primer How to use Widgetsmith.
Download: Widgetsmith (Free, subscription available)
Fantastical takes the regular calendar to a new level. The great app can handle any meeting or appointment you can throw at it. Some of the features include natural language text parsing and time zone support.
The lock screen widgets in the app will keep you updated on your schedule with upcoming events and calendar widget.
The free version of the app allows you to easily manage basic events. A subscription will unlock additional features such as multiple calendar groups and additional customization and collaboration options.
Download: Imaginary (Free, subscription available)
Lock screen widgets provide a great way for iPhone users to see information that is important to them without even touching the phone.
These apps are a great way to start customizing your lock screen.