With iOS 16, it is possible to add widgets on the lock screen. Which can be very practical on a daily basis. Here is a list of very useful widgets.
With iOS 14, Apple integrated widgets into the iPhone home screen. With iOS 16, the Cupertino company wants you to do the same with the lock screen. With this update, you can create multiple lock screens that you can pop up whenever you want, and each lock screen can contain up to five different widgets: there’s a grid of four squares below the clock and a text widget at the top. To check the options available to you, tap and hold on the lock screen, tap the “Customize” button, and tap a widget area to see the list of available widgets.
Apple has done a very good job selecting some basic widgets, but as always, it’s the third-party apps that are the most interesting. Although the lock screen widgets are still quite limited functionally – impossible to display photos or other media, for example – there are already dozens of apps that offer lock screen widgets.
Here is a list, of course not exhaustive, of some of our favorites:
- Launcher: Use this popular app to create shortcuts that perform actions, play music, and more, without leaving the lock screen.
- Widgetsmith: This app was part of the widget revolution in iOS 14. Now you can do the same on your lock screen, with the ability to add widgets for weather, calendar, text, and even photos.
- ScreenKit: The app’s iOS 16 update includes over 100 widgets designed specifically for the lock screen. You can see the date, step count, weather, reminders and more on your lock screen, with pre-designed shortcuts.
- Carrot Weather: This weather app adds its sense of humor to over 20 customizable lock screen widgets. These widgets display the weather, detailed forecasts and jokes, of course.
- Flighty: a good way to track your flights.
- LookUp: The popular dictionary app can now show the word of the day on the lock screen.
- Motivation: motivational quotes for your lock screen.
- Zones: another app from the developer of LookUp that lets you add time zones to the lock screen.
- Personal Best: If you like to track your sports progress, this app now has widgets for the lock screen. You can view the numbers of your last sessions, your heart activity, etc.
- SmartGym: the app has a new weekly widget that shows you all your activities for the week.
- WaterMinder: the widget reminds you to drink well directly on the lock screen, according to the daily goal you have set.
- Speedy: This free app lets you add contact shortcuts to the lock screen, a kind of quick call. It also supports messaging via third-party apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal.
- Pretty Progress: a nice way to add countdowns on the lock screen.
- Soor: This popular music player now has widgets to control your music, in rectangular or circular mode.
- Todoist: The popular task manager lets you see your to-do lists from the lock screen. Similar apps like Things also have such a feature.