How to manage iPhone lock screen

Compared to Android, iOS has historically been the least customizable OS and it gets what you get. While this is still true to an extent, it has come a long way, with customization options that didn’t exist three or four years ago. For example, these days, you can do a lot more with your lock screen than you might realize.

Here’s how to customize what you see – and how it looks – on your iPhone lock screen. (This was tested on an iPhone with iOS 15.3.)

First: the basics.

The lock screen displays the current time, date, and notifications in the default view. We all know and love him.

Other features can be accessed on the lock screen if they are enabled in the settings. To choose which features appear, go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode (or Touch ID & Passcode on a phone with Touch ID). Scroll down, and you’ll find a list of features that can be disabled until you unlock your phone, including Control Center, Today View, and other things like the ability to reply to a text directly from the lock screen. By default, they are all enabled except for USB accessories.

Select the features available to you when you unlock your phone.

Assuming it’s enabled, swiping down from the top right of the screen on a phone with Face ID, or from bottom to top on a phone with Touch ID, reveals Control Center. This is where you’ll find quick access to things like screen brightness, volume, and Wi-Fi.

Swiping down from the middle of the lock screen brings up search suggestions and Siri, which are the phone’s best guesses as to what apps you might be looking for at that particular time. In reverse, swiping up from the middle of the screen will bring up your old notifications. Swiping from right to left enters the camera, and swiping from left to right brings up the day view. You have some customization options for all of these features, and today’s view is ready to be customized because… widgets!

today’s show

The Today View panel is where you can add widgets and other things you might want to see in a jiffy without unlocking your phone. In addition to the usual suspects like weather and calendar, you can add a specific note or featured photos from your iPhone gallery. Some widgets require unlocking the phone to use, such as a Google tool for a quick search in Chrome, but others offer content that can be enjoyed without unlocking the device, such as the cat calendar for Reddit. (It’s just a daily calendar with a cat picture on it. It’s cool.)

Today view is also available from the home screen, and this is where you’ll need to go to start customizing it and adding more widgets. On your home screen, swipe right to access the Today view. From there:

Today view widgets can be viewed without opening the screen.

  • Touch and hold a widget in the Today View and tap Edit the home screen When a small menu appears.
  • Click on the plus sign at the top left of the screen
  • From here, you can use the search bar to search for a specific app or widget or scroll down and browse for some suggested tools
  • Click on a widget or an item in the app list below it to see all the options available for that specific tool
  • Scroll through the options and tap add widget To put it on display today
  • Once the widget is in Today view, you can touch and hold it to drag it around the screen and place it where you want it

Control Center

Control Center allows you to switch between quick settings and access certain features from the lock screen.

If you enable Control Center access from the lock screen, this is another place you can add quick access to more functions, although it’s a bit more utilitarian in nature than the Cat Calendar. By default, you’ll find the flash light and call settings here, among others, but you can add more functions to be available on your lock screen. just go to Settings > Control Center And scroll down to see your options.

Once you select your favorites, you can rearrange the order in which they appear in the Control Panel. In the list of built-in controls, touch and hold the three bars on the right side of the feature you want to move, then drag them up or down the list. The controls appear in rows of four below focus mode, brightness, and volume controls, starting with whatever is at the top of your list in the upper left position.

Pro tip: Some of the Control Center controls can do more for you if you press and hold on them. Some will bring up additional options this way – the camera icon provides quick access to start the camera app in portrait mode or to record video, for example.


For many of us, the reason we reach for our phones nearly five thousand times a day is to check notifications on our lock screens. You can customize it in terms of how it looks and where it appears.

To change notification settings for any individual app, go to Settings > Notices and scroll down to file Notification style Section. Select the app for which you want to set notifications, and you will find another screen of options. Here, you can turn off this app’s notifications completely. Or, if you want this app to stop bothering you with notifications but you don’t want to use this nuclear option, you can set it using the options below.

For example, you can choose how to be alerted when a notification arrives. If you click the little blue check mark under File lock screen Alert option, you will turn off lock screen notifications for this app. if it was Notification Center The option next to it is checked, then these notifications will be quietly delivered to the notification center without them appearing on your lock screen. An easy way to reduce notification noise in your life.

You might want to deliver certain notifications from some apps right away and send the rest to the notification center — things like “Your DoorDash order has been delivered” versus “Get $5 off your next DoorDash order,” for example. that’s what Time sensitive notifications Toggle – Urgent notifications will always appear on the lock screen when delivered, regardless of the alert pattern you have set. (Note: Not all apps offer this option.)

You can customize each app’s alert pattern to reduce lock screen clutter.

There are a few other customization options for notifications, but in terms of locking the screen, you have another option: turn the preview on or off. Notifications with previews are always shown by default, which means you will see the full text of the notification whether the phone is unlocked or not. You can choose to have a preview appear once the phone is unlocked if you want more privacy, so only the app icon appears — not the full text of the notification — or disable previews entirely.

Another option to reduce notification clutter on your lock screen is to have specific app notifications delivered in a daily summary. You specify the applications and when you want to receive them. Time-sensitive notifications from these apps will still go directly to you, but the rest will be quietly collected and sent to you in your summary.

To set up the scheduled summary, go to Settings > Notices > Course SummaryTurn it on and then follow the prompts to select apps and set up summary time and frequency.

How to change the lock screen wallpaper

Ah, the lock screen wallpaper. This is perhaps the modern equivalent of having a class photo of your child in your wallet. Or maybe your favorite photo from a walk you took five years ago gives you a momentary moment of calm when you see it. Or go for high-impact graphics without attaching any nostalgia. It’s your world, and here’s how to customize it:

go to the Settings > Wall paper > Choose a new wallpaper

From here, you can choose one of Apple’s static or dynamic wallpapers, animated wallpapers, or choose an image from your phone gallery. Click on the one you want, zoom in on the image the way you want it, then hit Set. You will have the option to display it on the lock screen, the home screen, or both. Then go ahead and enjoy the lock screen that you get a little less and more from you.