How to Create a Photo Lock Screen on iPhone (iOS 16)

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You're probably familiar with how to use a photo as your Lock Screen, but with iOS 16, having a photo as your Lock Screen is even better. You will be able to edit photos and change the style of your photo to make a Lock Screen that fits your personality. Before you learn how to add different styles to your photo lock screen, let's go over the basic setup.

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  • Easily personalize your Lock Screen.
  • Create a simple Lock Screen you can later customize even further. 

Setting Up a Photo Lock Screen on Your iPhone

With iOS 16, you can personalize your iPhone Lock Screen more than ever before. Before you begin, make sure that you have updated to iOS 16.

We've already shown you how to create an astronomy Lock Screen and add widgets to your Lock Screen. Now, let's learn how to do a photo Lock Screen with or without Photo Styles.

  1. Go to Settings.

  2. Tap Wallpaper.

  3. Tap Add New Wallpaper.

  4. Tap the Photo icon or choose one of the suggested photos.

  5. If you tapped the Photo icon, select the photo you wish to use. Otherwise, move on to step 6.

  6. The first thing you should do with Photo Lock screens is pinch your fingers to crop the photo. This works the same as zooming in and out.

  7. You can also use two fingers to drag the photo into the desired position.
  8. Once you have your photo positioned how you'd like it, you can swipe from the right side of the screen to the left to show more photo styles, including Black & White, Duotone, and Color Wash.

    Swipe to show photo styles
  9. If you pick Duotone or Color Wash, you can tap the more icon to change the colors selected.

    Tap more icon
  10. Tap Style Color.

    Select Style Color
  11. Select the color you want for your new photo Lock Screen.

    Select color
  12. If you decide you want to select a different photo, you can tap the photo icon in the bottom left.

  13. Here you can scroll to search for photos, type a search query into the search bar, or browse within your Albums. Tap the photo you wish to use.

  14. Tap Done (or Add, if you see that option instead) when finished.


Now you've set a photo Lock Screen in iOS 16! There are many other types of Lock Screens you can create, read this to learn how.

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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.