iOS 10: How to use the new lock screen

iOS 10’s new lock screen brings with it some great new features as well as some notable changes. Here’s how you can use it.


Since iOS 10 was released many users have been upgrading all of their devices, only to find out that there’s much more to iOS 10 than meets the eye. And one of the biggest changes in iOS 10 is the lock screen.

The new version of the iOS lock screen lets you conveniently access the camera app with a swipe, and it also lets you access the widgets page via swiping as well.

The widgets can be customized to show only the widgets you want to see, in the order that you prefer to view them. You can also easily add, delete or move widgets around.

In this how-to I’ll show you how to use the new lock screen.

Open the camera app on the iOS 10 lock screen

1. Swipe left while on the lock screen to open the camera app.

2. When in the camera app, you’ll need to press the home button to go back to the lock screen. Don’t try to swipe to the right while in the camera app, it won’t take you back to the home screen.

Add, delete or move widgets on the iOS 10 lock screen

1. Swipe right while on the lock screen to access the iOS 10 widgets page.

2. When you are on the widgets page, you can scroll down to see more widgets.

3. To add, delete or rearrange widgets, scroll to the very bottom of the widgets screen and tap the Edit button. Note that you’ll need to enter your passcode or put your finger on the home button before you can edit your widgets.

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Be careful not to overload yourself with widgets

As much as I like the widgets on the iOS 10 lock screen, I made the mistake of adding way too many of them. That, unfortunately, made for a very long scroll to the bottom to edit my widgets.

My recommendation is to only add the widgets that you’ll really use on a day to day basis. You have to be somewhat ruthless when deciding on the widgets you want to add, but it’s far better than having a gigantic mess of widgets you have to scroll through each time you look at the widgets page.

Initially after upgrading to iOS 10 you might fall into the same trap I did and overload yourself with widgets. If that’s the case then it’s worth spending a couple of minutes pruning your widget selection back to a more reasonable level.

The iOS 10 lock screen has much to offer

Widget overload aside, I’m really enjoying the new lock screen in iOS 10. I love being able to simply swipe left to pull up the camera, and the widgets I’m using actually add real informational value to my iPhone.

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I suspect that I’m not alone in feeling that Apple did a very good job on the new iOS 10 lock screen. Most of the comments I’ve seen online have been fairly positive about it, and that must make Apple very happy indeed.

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