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In the iOS 16 update, Apple redesigned the lock screen to make it more customizable, and one of the most notable changes is the ability to add informative widgets. It is known to everyone that this feature has been present in Android for years, but Apple introduced it in a distinctive and different way. In this article, we learn about all the widgets that you can add to the lock screen.

The new widget in the lock screen provides updates from your applications that you can check easily in a jiffy, without the need to unlock the iPhone, and it is interactive to a minimum and clicking on it may open the associated application most likely.

Below is a list of all the available widgets that Apple included in the first beta version of the iOS 16 update, which can be added above or below the digital clock.

Widgets that you can add above time

You can insert a widget next to the date at the top of the digital clock on the lock screen. The list below includes the widget options available to you. Many display data as symbols and alphanumeric text.

Calendar: Like day of the week, date, month/next event.

الساعة: Like the city time zone / next alert.

fitness Activity statistics (calories, minutes of exercise, hours of standing).

reminder  : Like today's reminders.

Stocks: Displayed one with an up/down icon.

weather: moon events, sun events, weather conditions, location, rain, air quality, UV index, wind.

Widgets you can add below the time

Just below the digital clock is a larger rectangular area, where you can place widgets horizontally next to each other. You can insert up to four square widgets, two rectangular widgets with more information, or add one square and one rectangular widget.

Batteries widget

The battery widget comes in square and rectangular versions that display the iPhone's battery status. Or just plug in your AirPods and their battery will show up instead.

Oddly enough, if you use two boxes to display the batteries of more than one device, they will display the battery level of the device itself, rather than, say, a battery for AirPods in one and iPhones in the other. Hopefully this is a bug that will be resolved in the beta versions.


The calendar widget comes in three formats. Square format for the current date, we think this is useless because the date is always displayed above the time. Format to track the time of the next event, and if you use a larger widget, the name and time of the event will be shown.

clock widget

Three clock widgets allow you to display a clock for a city to check the time in it. This widget comes in both rectangular and square formats. There is also a world clock that displays the time in up to three cities around the world, and two versions that display the next alert.

fitness widget

One Fitness widget is displayed with a graphic of the activity rings, while the larger read shows the activity ring stats “Move, Workout, Stand.”

home widget

For the Home app, two widgets are shown for indoor climate sensors, lights and switches, and one for any security issues. You can also monitor a specific security extension or view a home summary of “Security, Climate & Lights.”

News widget

One widget provides the biggest news of the day.

Reminder widget

Quick access to a list of reminders, showing the next due reminder.

Stock widget

One smaller widget and one larger one allows you to quote and track performance throughout the day. There is also a larger widget that displays three arrows.

weather widget

Eight optional weather widgets to view moon events, sun events, weather conditions, location, rain, air quality, UV index and wind. Only current weather conditions and lunar events come in larger format.

More widgets to come

This list of widgets should not be treated as exhaustive, as Apple may add more or modify existing widgets prior to the public release of ‌iOS 16‌. Also, developers will be able to create widgets for third-party apps using the new WidgetKit API, so expect more lock screen widgets to appear.

What widget would you like to see on the lock screen? Tell us in the comments.



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