APPLE completely revamped the iPhone Lock Screen last week, giving fans more customisation options than ever before.
You can now modify what the display shows with personalised fonts, colours and photos that all blend together seamlessly.
Perhaps the most exciting change, however, is the addition of Lock Screen widgets.
These can display information such as the weather, sports scores, the latest news, and more.
Widgets have been available for a while on your Home Screens – the pages where you keep your favourite apps.
With the introduction of iOS 16, you can now add them to your Lock Screen, too.
That's the screen that appears when you wake your iPhone but before you unlock it.
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How to add Widgets to iPhone Lock Screen
- Touch and hold the Lock Screen until the Customise button appears, then tap Customise.
- Tap the box above or below the time to see the widgets you can add to your Lock Screen.
- Tap or drag the widgets you want to add.
- Tap Done.
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Some of the best Lock Screen widgets are those built to go alongside Apple's suite of iOS apps.
They include Weather, which (surprise surprise) displays the local weather forecast directly on your Lock Screen.
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It's also worth trying out Calendar, News and Apple Music.
For something a little more visual, you can shuffle through a set of photos throughout the day with the Photo Shuffle option.
Browse through the Suggested Photos library to find photos curated from your Photos app.
Beyond Apple, there are tonnes of third-party apps that are also worth your time.
If you use Google services, for instance, then Google's suite of apps has its own widgets you can try, including Calendar and Gmail.
What is iOS 16?
Every year, Apple rolls out a new version of its iOS software for iPhone.
This is the core operating system that powers the device, delivering Apple's apps, features and designs to your iPhone.
This year's new version is called iOS 16 and its packed with new iPhone features users have been waiting for.
This includes a new Lock Screen with widgets, stylized Portrait wallpapers, and notifications that roll up from the bottom.
Messages are also getting a major update that lets you edit or recall recently send messages, as well as recover recently deleted messages or mark conversations as unread.
Lockdown mode and Safety Check are also new to the iPhone game adding safety features that protect users from online hacking and abuse.
How to get iOS 16
To try out iOS 16 for yourself, you'll need to update your iPhone software.
Head to Settings > General > Software Update.
You can then tap Upgrade to iOS 16 at the bottom of the screen and then Download and Install.
On some iPhones, you'll be directed to Download and Install automatically.
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You'll be asked to enter your iPhone passcode (if it has one) and then agree to Apple's terms and conditions.
The download and installation process will take up to an hour, so make sure you send any important messages before starting.
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