How to Change Lock Screen on iPhone to a Gradient Color in iOS 16

Learn how to change your Lock screen to create a gradient with your favorite color.

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You will now be able to customize your Lock screen thanks to iOS 16. Along with creating Lock screens with emojis, photos and astronomical objects, you can also create simple Lock screen with the color option. The color option will allow you to personalize your Lock screen by picking your favorite color and style. We will show you how easy and fun it is to create a color Lock screen.

 Related Article: How to Keep iPhone Screen On: Auto-Lock on iPhone & iPad (2022)

Why You'll Love This Tip 

  • Customize your Lock Screen with you favorite color.
  • Create your Lock Screen with a simple design. 

How to Create a Gradient Color Lock Screen on Your iPhone

With the exception of the Solid color option, most of the color lock screens will automatically have a gradient finish. Here are the steps:

  1. Go to Settings.

  2. Tap Wallpaper.

  3. Tap Add New Wallpaper.

  4. Make sure to select either a pre-set Color option or tap the Color icon.



  5. Tap the color icon in the bottom left corner of your screen.

  6. From here, you can pick one of the 18 color options and move the slider to make them lighter or darker.

  7. You can also tap the rainbow circle to access a more advanced color selection. To learn more about all the settings here, please reference How to Change Your Lock Screen’s Font and Color.

  8. Tap X when you are satisfied with your color choice.

  9. Next, swipe left or right over the center of the screen to see different options.

  10. Starting from left to right, these include the option Vibrant.

  11. Then Tone.

  12. Next is Deep.

  13. After that comes Vapor.

  14. Another fun one is Bright.

  15. Finally, there’s Solid, which is just one color.

  16. The color you selected in step 1 will always be the middle color if you select one of the gradient options. It can take some experimenting to get the look you like best!

Pro Tip: If you see a color you like but want to try something else, go to step 7 and select Sliders. Next to Display P3 Hex Color # (or sRGB), you’ll see the color code of your unique color. Take a screenshot or note down this number so that you can easily use it again in the future! Keep in mind that other apps such as Photoshop and Procreate also use these codes in case you ever want to get extra fancy with your Lock Screen personalization!

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Kenya Smith is a Feature Web Writer for iPhone Life. She has a bachelor's degree in Strategic Communication and has written articles for two newspapers in her home state of Virginia. She also won first place in non-daily column writing for the 2019 and 2020 Virginia Press Association Awards.