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.

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, iOS 9, iOS 10 and iOS 11, which includes devices as old as the iPhone 4 and as new as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Change the iPhone lock screen to your own photo.
Change the iPhone lock screen to your own photo.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 and iOS 11 the lock screen includes a swipe right to use lock screen widgets.

iOS 11 vs iOS 10: What’s New in iOS 11.2 & iOS 11.2.1

What's New in iOS 11.2 & iOS 11.2.1

What's New in iOS 11.2 & iOS 11.2.1

The iOS 11.2.1 update is small and it focuses on fixes for HomeKit that Apple already fixed on the server side. This is an important update to install if you use HomeKit. 

The iOS 11.2 update delivers a major fix for the crashing iPhone, dozens of other fixes and includes Apple Pay Cash. The update is about 480MB for most users and should install pretty quickly if you are already on iOS 11.1.2.

Apple Pay Cash - This new service lets you send, request and receive money from other iPhone users.

 

 


  • Adds support for faster wireless charging on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X with compatible third-party accessories
  • Introduces three new Live wallpapers for iPhone X
  • Improves video camera stabilization
  • Adds support in Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode from the same show
  • Adds support in HealthKit for downhill snow sports distance as a data type
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete
  • Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear
  • Improves stability in Calendar
  • Resolves an issue where Settings could open to a blank screen
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen
  • Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded
  • Addresses an issue where Find My iPhone sometimes wouldn’t display a map
  • Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message
  • Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results
  • Addressed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly
  • Adds support for real-time text (RTT) phone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store, and Music
  • Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications

The iOS 11.1.2 update fixed the following items, which are also rolled into the iOS 11.2 update. 

  • Fixes and issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop. 
  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with the iPhone X. 

If you are on a much older version the update will be larger and it will include the other fixes listed below. 

The iOS 11.1.1 update is out now for the iPhone and iPad. This update includes all of the changes from iOS 11.1 and two very important fixes. This small update is just over 50MB in size on most iPhones that are on iOS 11.1 already. 

  • Fixes autocorrect problem that replaced "I" with a question mark box and other symbols. 
  • Fixes Hey Siri not responding. 

The iOS 11.1.1 update includes all of the same security fixes as iOS 11.1, and the new features outlined below. After a lot of iOS 11 problems, the iOS 11.1 update is about delivering a lot of fixes that will help you use the iPhone better. This is a free update that is about 200 to 300 MB in size and it is one that most users will want to install on their iPhone. Here's a full list of the changes in iOS 11.1 including many fixes for the Photos app and for Accessibility. 

  • Over 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more
  • Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud Backup
  • Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots
  • Improves braille support for Grade 2 input
  • Improves VoiceOver access to multi-page PDFs
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the App Switcher
  • Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages
  • Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch
  • Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen
  • Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps
  • Fixes an issue with some 3rd-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data
  • Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation)
  • Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch

Apple also includes a number of important security fixes, including one for a major WiFi flaw in this update. Most users will want to install iOS 11.1 for the security updates as much as for the new emoji. 

One Comment

  1. nhan nguyen

    07/24/2015 at 11:32 pm

    i can not unlock my phone by talking

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