iPadOS 17: How to Customize Lock Screen on iPad

What to Know

  • iPadOS 17 has brought the ability to customize the iPad Lock Screen the same way iOS 16 allowed us to do with the iPhone.
  • You can now customize the theme, clock, font, and color and add widgets to the Lock Screen on iPadOS 17.

Since iOS 16 was released, iPhone users have been able to add widgets, adjust font, and change the clock style of their lock screens, but this feature was unavailable on iPad. Now, with iPadOS 17, you can finally customize your iPad Lock Screen. Here's how to edit the Lock Screen on iPad.

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How to Customize iPad Lock Screen

System Requirements

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation and later)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch.
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and later)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation and later)
  • iPad (6th generation and later)
  • iPad mini (5th generation and later)

It's super exciting that one of the most popular features that came with iOS 16, the ability to customize the Lock Screen with widgets, themes, and fonts, is now available on the iPad with iPadOS 17.  Before you begin, make sure you have the iPadOS 17 beta installed. The shipping version of iPadOS 17 will be released in September 2023. If you like being in the know about the latest Apple features and devices, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day! Here's how to customize the Lock Screen on your iPad.

Customize iPad Lock Screen via Settings

The first way to customize your iPad Lock Screen is by going into Settings.

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  1. On your iPad, open Settings.

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  2. Tap Wallpaper.

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  3. Tap Customize to edit existing iPad Wallpaper.

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  4. If this is the first time you've customized your iPad Lock Screen and wallpaper, you may need to choose whether to Customize Current Wallpaper or Add New Wallpaper. Either option will do.

    Customize or add new wallpaper
  5. From here, you will be given the option of selecting a theme.

    Select theme
  6. Once you've chosen, you can add interactable widgets.

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  7. Customize the font and color of the clock.

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  8. And choose the widget to feature at the top.

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  9. Once you're done, tap Add.

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  10. You'll be prompted about whether you would like to Set as a Wallpaper Pair or set the Home Screen individually.

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And that's all you have to do to customize your iPad's Lock Screen with iPadOS 17! For even quicker edits to your iPad Lock Screen, keep reading.

Customize Lock Screen on iPad via Lock Screen

Another super convenient way to edit your iPad Lock Screen is via the Lock Screen itself. This is a great way to make quick edits or changes or just add a new Lock Screen altogether when you're on the go. Here's how:

  1. Once the iPad is unlocked but still showing the Lock Screen, press and hold anywhere on the screen.

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  2. From here, tap Customize to edit the current Lock Screen.

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  3. Or, tap the blue plus button to create a new Lock Screen.

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And that's how you create customized Lock Screens on your iPad with iPadOS 17! 


  • Can you customize iPad Lock Screen iPadOS 16? No, you cannot customize your iPad Lock Screen while still running iPadOS 16 or earlier. That's what's so exciting about the iPadOS 17 update. Now, as you can do with your iPhone post-iOS 16, you can customize all the same features and create a Lock Screen tailored to you.
  • Can you put widgets on iPad Lock Screen? Yes! With iPadOS 17, you can add many different widgets to your iPad Lock Screen, including Weather, News, Battery, Home, and more!
  • Can you switch between iPad Lock Screens? Once you create multiple Lock Screens, you can switch between them by pressing and holding the Lock Screen when it's unlocked, and swiping right or left until you find the Lock Screen you'd like to use.
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Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and a poet and author. With 10-plus years of experience working with Apple devices, she specializes in all-things iPad and is a Notes App expert, having worked on both the 2023 iPad Guide and the Notes App Guide. You can usually find her writing in the Daily Tip newsletter as one of our senior Tip writers. Rachel received her Master’s degree in English Literature in 2021 and her most recent work appears in the Winter ’21 edition of New Note Poetry. When she’s not obsessing about Apple products, you can find her voraciously reading fantasy books with her cat in Asheville, North Carolina.