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How to add widgets to your iPhone Lock Screen

The selection of available widgets is gradually increasing.

Published onJanuary 7, 2024

iOS 16 introduced a variety of new features, one of which expanded the power of iOS widgets. Originally confined to the iOS homescreen, widgets can now also be placed on the lockscreen. This is great if you want to keep tabs on the things like the weather or battery levels without unlocking, especially on iPhones with always-on displays.


To add widgets to your iPhone's Lock screen, hold your finger down on it, then select the specific Lock screen you want to Customize. Tap the tray below the clock, which will open a pop-up allowing you pick widgets. Once you've ordered them the way you like, close the pop-up, then hit Done.


How to add widgets to your iPhone Lock Screen

  • Tap and hold on your current Lock Screen, then select Customize. (If you have Face ID or an Apple Watch, your iPhone may unlock automatically. In such cases, lock it again and proceed with the customization process). Alternatively, navigate to Settings > Wallpaper.
  • Once in customization mode, choose Lock Screen.
  • Below the clock, you’ll notice a small area where widgets can be added. Tap Add widgets, and a pop-up will appear, allowing you to add new widgets or manage existing ones.
  • Recommended widgets are at the top of the list, with icons indicating their associated apps. Tap on one to add it.
  • As you scroll down the Add Widgets panel, you’ll find a list of available widgets, including different versions and sizes of Apple’s recommendations (The contents of this list depend on the first- and third-party apps you have installed and whether they support widget).
  • Tapping on a list item reveals various widget styles (if available) and provides information about the content. For instance, our case is Facebook, swipe left or right to find your preferred style and tap or drag to add the widget.
  • Ensure there is enough space for the widgets; otherwise, remove some existing ones by tapping the minus button or dragging them for better positioning.
  • Once you’re finished, close the Add Widget panel and tap Done to save your changes.

How to add widgets to your iPhone Home Screen

  • Press and hold an empty area on your home screen until the apps start shaking.
  • Click the plus icon located in the upper-left corner.
  • Explore available widgets and choose the desired one. If a widget has multiple versions or sizes, you can swipe to make your selection.
  • Tap Add Widget.

If you wish to manage your home screen widgets, you may find our other articles helpful, covering topics such as:

How to add widgets to Today View

  • Swipe to the far right on the Home Screen.
  • Long-press a widget or an empty space until the existing widget starts shaking.
  • Select the plus icon in the upper-left corner.
  • Explore available widgets and choose your preferred one. You can also swipe right or left to select a style for the chosen app.
  • Tap Add Widget to put it in the Today View.
  • To remove a widget, tap the minus button on the top left of each one.
  • When you’re finished, tap Done.



Go to Settings > Display and Brightness > Auto-Lock. Select Never. For security and power consumption reasons, though, this isn’t recommended.

Go to Settings > Face ID and Passcode and tap Change Passcode. You can adjust a variety of related options from here, such as Face ID settings or whether to unlock with an Apple Watch.

Go to Settings > Notifications. Select the app you want notifications for, and check Lock Screen to enable it.