With iOS 16, you can customize the iPhone lock screen, but what tools should you add?

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Apple’s latest mobile software update – iOS 16 – been living in Iphone For a week now, developers have wasted no time updating their apps to include support for new tools on iPhones Customizable lock screen.

With the new iPhone lock screen, you can tweak the wallpaper, change colors and fonts, and add new widgets that stay on your screen when your iPhone is locked. There are two widgets – circular and rectangular – below the displayed time, while the third type – embedded – appears as a bar above the clock.

You can add built-in Apple widgets from apps like weather, calendar, news, or many third-party widgets from your favorite apps, even The Google (thus). Check out some of the coolest apps with new iPhone lock screen widgets with iOS 16 below. For more information about iOS 16, you will find here First things to do after getting up and running And the Why Your iPhone Might Not Have All the Cool Features of iOS 16.

iOS 16 apps to design your own widgets

Widgetsmith

Widgetsmith

Widgetsmith A powerful iPhone app for creating and editing your own widgets debuted in 2020 when iOS 14 added widgets to its home screen. Now, the app is adding its own widget customization tricks to iPhone lock screens.

With Widgetsmith, you can create and customize all three types of lock screen widgets to add calendar items, text, weather updates, photos, and more.

Screen Kit

Screenshot of Screenkit Tools

Screenket

Screen Kit It is another widget customization app which is drowning in lock screens with iOS 16. The app includes lots of custom icons and other aesthetic features.

ScreenKit makes it easy to create a lock screen widget from scratch, and then customize it further by modifying the background, colors, or decorations.

iOS 16 apps that run other functions or apps

launcher

Screenshot of launcher tools

launcher

widgets from launcher It has been available for home screen and Today view for years. The application allows you to create shortcuts to quickly access bookmarks, play music, start other applications, or communicate with your most important contacts via phone, messages or FaceTime.

Now you can get most of launcher functionality on iPhone lock screen. Simply tap on your favorite person’s face to send them a message or a phone call.

release

Screenshot of Launchify widgets

Launchify / screenshot by Peter Butler / CNET

Add quick shortcuts on your lock screen to go to your favorite iPhone apps or bookmarks releasea new app released on the same day as iOS 16. The app lets you import your own custom icons or use thousands from its own library.

The free version of Launchify lets you add just two carousels to your lock screen – a subscription for $17 per year or $2 per month unlocks additional widgets and the ability to add apps that aren’t included in Launchify’s database.

Utilities, Trackers, and Social Media Apps with iOS 16 with Lock Screen Widgets

reckless

Screenshot of Flighty widgets

reckless

The popular flight tracking app reckless It has already been updated to include support for lock screen widgets. You can now look at your iPhone for the latest updates on arrival and departure.

You can also add lock screen widgets with your flight countdown, the weather at your destination, a flight progress bar or other detailed information about your flight, including gate number, seat assignment, and baggage claim information.

Facebook

Social media giant Facebook It surprised users on iOS 16 launch day by updating its iPhone app to include support for two lock screen widgets. You can add birthdays at a glance or the most important updates from your friends.

The birthday gadget comes in two round and rectangular versions. The major updates tool is only available as a wider rectangular tool, and includes the latest Facebook notifications.

dark noise

Dark noise lock screen widgets

dark noise

Ambient sounds application dark noise It has become a popular tool for iPhone users who want to have background noise to sleep or focus. You can now access white noise directly from the lock screen. Dark noise added All three kinds of widgets For different sounds and noises that are included in the application.

Apollo Reddit

Apollo Lock Screen Widgets Reddit

Apollo Reddit

Heavy Reddit users will appreciate the new lock screen widgets from this third-party app for tracking popular message board location. Apollo Reddit Developer Christian Selig has already created several new lock screen tools to monitor Reddit activity in a jiffy while your iPhone is locked.

You can add widgets that show the performance of your latest posts, new messages in your inbox, updated karma points, popular posts or bookmarks to your favorite sub-forums, among many more options.

WaterMinder

Health-focused iPhone app WaterMinder It helps keep you hydrated, and now you can get reminders to drink more water – right from your iPhone lock screen. The app was recently updated to add eight lock screen widgets.

You can now view your current water levels, see hourly and weekly graphs, and log your drinks right on your iPhone’s lock screen.

Things

Screenshot of widgets stuff

Things

Things It is a popular personal task manager for iPhone that lets you create to-do lists and track your progress in completing them. The new iOS 16 update puts a lot of the power of things right into the iPhone lock screen.

Three new Stuff widgets allow you to view tasks in your to-do list, quickly add a new task or track your progress in completing your tasks. The Things Lock screen widget defaults to the tasks in today’s list, but you can customize it to show other items like your inbox, deadlines, or shopping lists.

Piece

Screenshot of widget parts

Piece

Handy package tracking app Piece It allows you to monitor the progress of your deliveries from 300 services, including UPS, FedEx, DHL, and US Postal Service. With the latest iOS 16 update, the app now adds the ability to track a specific package right from your lock screen. Parcel lock screen widgets come in all three formats – circular, rectangular and inline.

More apps with new lock screen widgets for iPhone with iOS 16

Several other iPhone apps have updated or added lock screen widgets for use with iOS 16. Here is a list of programs that we’ve found to have new lock screen widgets:

To know more about iOS 16 and the new iPhone 14, learn about Why your iPhone may not get all the new iOS 16 features And the How to remove the new search button from your home screen.