How to Edit Lock Screen on iPhone (iOS 16 Update)

With iOS 16, you can edit a Lock Screen without creating one from scratch.

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Let's say you created a Lock Screen for your iPhone, but you're not satisfied with how your Lock Screen turned out. One solution is to create a new Lock Screen, but that takes a lot of work. Fortunately, iOS 16 allows you to edit your current Lock Screen without creating a new one. We will show you how to do this quick and simple task.  

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Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Easily edit your Lock Screens to include all the widgets and styles you want.
  • Tweak your Lock Screen's look at any time. 

How to Edit Lock Screens on Your iPhone

If you’ve created a Lock Screen you like but want to make changes, you can edit it instead of starting from scratch. To do this:

  1. With your phone unlocked, tap and hold your Lock Screen until you see the Customize and Add buttons. If you use Face ID to unlock your phone, all you need to do is look at your iPhone to unlock it, but if you use a passcode, you'll need to unlock your phone, then swipe down from the top of your Home Screen to open the Lock Screen.

    Open Lock Screen
  2. Swipe left or right to see more Lock screens.

  3. When you find the one you wish to edit, tap Customize.

  4. Here you can make any changes you wish. For example, I will change the clock, but you can also add or remove widgets, change styles, or do anything else you would when creating a Lock Screen for the first time.

  5. Once you are finished, tap Done.

Now your edited Lock Screen will be available in the Lock Screen gallery as usual, and you can select it or edit it again at any time.

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Kenya Smith

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.