How to Change the iPhone Lock Screen

Learn how to change the iPhone lock screen to show off one of your favorite photos and how you can make it look different from your iPhone home screen.

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This short guide will also explain how to turn off motion on the iPhone lock screen if the small movements of text on the image bother you. We’ll also show you how to use some apps and settings without unlocking your iPhone.

The iPhone lock screen is pretty basic, but you can change the options slightly to control the look of your iPhone screen when it is locked. You cannot add widgets until the iOS 10 update arrives, but you can make sure that you have fast access to an iPhone flashlight, calculator, clock and other quick settings.

This works on any iPhone running iOS 8 or iOS 9, which includes devices as old as the iPhone 4 and as new as the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Change the iPhone lock screen to your own photo.

Change the iPhone lock screen to your own photo.

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How to Change the iPhone Lock Screen

Apple includes a lot of options for your iPhone lock screen wallpaper, but you can also use your own photos. Unlike the home screen that covers up most of the photo, you can use the lock screen to show off a photo of your pets, kids or favorite vacation. It’s a great place to put a calming or happy photo, especially since you will likely see it 100 times a day.

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You can change your iPhone lock screen in less than a minute once you know where to look. Here’s where to tap on your iPhone.

Change your iPhone lock screen.

Change your iPhone lock screen.

Go to Settings -> Wallpaper -> Choose New Wallpaper to get to a photo library where you can pick the iPhone lock screen.You can tap on Dynamic to choose from seven options from Apple that include moving backgrounds or on Stills to choose from over two dozen built-in high-resolution photos that you can make your iPhone lock screen.

If you want to use your own photo as the iPhone lock screen you can tap on All Photos or another album lower in the menus.

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Choose photos or an included image from Apple.

Choose photos or an included image from Apple.

Wherever you go, you will need to find the photo you want to use as your iPhone lock screen and then tap on it. If it is your own photo you can move and scale it to fit. Move the photo with one finger on your screen and use pinch to zoom in or out.

You can also tap on Perspective Zoom to turn motion on or off. Some users don’t like the motion that the iPhone adds to the lock screen.

Set only the lock screen with your photo and you can keep a simpler background for your iPhone home screen.

Set only the lock screen with your photo and you can keep a simpler background for your iPhone home screen.

Next tap on Set Lock Screen. This allows you to only change the iPhone lock screen. Many users prefer a pattern or simple color for the iPhone home screen so that it is easier to see the app icons and names, but a photo on the home screen.

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Change iPhone Lock Screen Shortcuts

The iPhone lock screen also includes fast access to the Control Center. This lets you quickly launch apps like the flashlight, calculator and clock, control music playback, change iPhone settings and more. This should be on by default, but some users may have turned it off to prevent someone from changing iPhone settings.

The Control Center is as close as you get to iPhone lock screen settings.

The Control Center is as close as you get to iPhone lock screen settings.

Go to Settings -> Control Center -> Access on Lock Screen -> On to make sure you can use these settings on the iPhone when it is locked.

There is no way to easily disable the camera shortcut on the iPhone lock screen without also disabling the camera completely.

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iPhone Lock Screen Widgets

There is no way support for iPhone lock screen widgets like Google offers on Android, but if you use the Notification Center widgets you can still use widgets when the iPhone is locked.

Use the Notification Center widgets instead of iPhone lock screen widgets.

Use the Notification Center widgets instead of iPhone lock screen widgets.

When the iPhone is locked pull down from the top of the screen to see your Today screen. Here you will see various widgets and at the bottom of this screen an edit option to change the widgets.

Many apps include widgets that you can install on your iPhone or iPad as part of customizing your access to information. On iOS 10 the lock screen includes a swipe right to use lockscreen widgets. The iOS 10 release date is set for fall 2016, and you can see the new iOS 10 features below.

What’s New in iOS 10.1

What's New in iOS 10.1

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What's New in iOS 10.1

This is a list of what's new in iOS 10.1, including new features like Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus and a number of important fixes for the iPhone and iPad. 

 


 

Camera and Photos


 

  • Introduces Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus that creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background (beta)
  • People names in the Photos app are saved in iCloud backups
  • Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app
  • Fixes an issue where opening the Camera app would show a blurred or flashing screen for some users
  • Fixes an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library

Maps

 


  • Transit support for every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya
  • Sign-based transit navigation including layouts of all underground structures and walkways that connect large transit stations
  • Transit fare comparison when viewing alternative transit routes

Messages

 


  • New option to replay bubble and full screen effects
  • Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled
  • Fixes an issue that could lead to contact names appearing incorrectly in Messages
  • Addresses an issue where Messages could open to a white screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent the report junk option from displaying with unknown senders
  • Fixes an issue where videos captured and sent in the Messages app could be missing audio

Apple Watch

 


  • Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace
  • Fixes issues that may have prevented Music playlists from syncing to Apple Watch
  • Addresses an issue that was preventing invitations and data to appear in Activity Sharing
  • Fixes an issue that was allowing Activity Sharing to update over cellular when manually disabled
  • Resolves an issue that was causing some third-party apps to crash when inputting text

Other improvements and fixes

 


  • Improves Bluetooth connectivity with 3rd party accessories
  • Improves AirPlay Mirroring performance when waking a device from sleep
  • Fixes an issue where playback would not work for iTunes purchased content when the "Show iTunes Purchases" setting is turned off
  • Fixes an issue where certain selfie apps and face filters used with the FaceTime HD Camera on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did not display a live preview
  • Fixes an issue in Health where individual strokes are converted to separate characters when using the Chinese handwriting keyboard
  • Improves performance of sharing websites from Safari to Messages
  • Fixes an issue in Safari that caused web previews in tab view to not display correctly
  • Fixes an issue that caused certain Mail messages to be reformatted with very small text
  • Fixes an issue that caused some HTML email to be formatted incorrectly
  • Fixes an issue that in some cases caused the search field to disappear in Mail
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Today View Widgets from updating when launched
  • Fixes an issue where Weather widget sometimes failed to load data
  • Fixes an issue on iPhone 7 where Home Button click settings would not appear in search results
  • Fixes an issue that prevented spam alert extensions from blocking calls
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent alarm sounds from going off
  • Fixes an issue where audio playback via Bluetooth would cause the Taptic engine to stop providing feedback for some users
  • Resolves an issue preventing some users from restoring from iCloud Backup
  • For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:  https://support.apple.com/HT201222 

Keep reading to check out the iOS 10 features and iOS 10.1 features that these updates offer.

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