One of the most appealing features of the iOS 16’s beta version is the fully customizable lock screen that Apple is giving users.
With the beta now made available to the public, users can access a level of lock screen customization that iOS has never offered before, including widgets and wallpaper options. What’s more, is that you’re not stuck with just one lock screen you can create several to reflect the time of day, the weather, or your mood.
So to go ahead and customize your lock screen on the new beta, go ahead and hold any blank space on your lock screen, then tap the plus sign at the bottom to start creating a new lock screen.
Here, you can choose from the following basic options, represented by icons at the top of the screen:
- Photos, including People and Photo Shuffle
Below this row of options, you’ll see some featured configurations and suggested images from your photos. Pick any of the preconfigured options or start from a basic template by choosing one of the icons at the top of the screen.
Once you’ve selected a screen, you’ll have a few customizations you can apply based on the type of lock screen you’re working with. For example, here are some of the options you’ll find on photo lock screens:
- Zoom in on the photo by pinching or dragging the image with two fingers to reposition it
- Apply different filters and lighting effects by swiping across the screen
- Pick a different image by tapping the photo icon on the bottom left
- Adjust settings like the background color (if applicable) and perspective zoom by tapping the three-dot icon on the bottom right
Next, you can also change your font and its color. To do so, tap on the clock in the customize view and pick your font out of six options. This is also where you can choose your typeface color, which is applied to the time, date, and any widgets you add.
Once you’re happy with your choice of background and font, it’s time to pick your widgets. There are two places you can add widgets: in line with the date above the clock and in a rectangular “shelf” below it — just tap either space to add available widgets.