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