iOS 16 is currently in public beta and our article is based on this version of the operating system. Keep in mind that some things may be different in the final version, which will be released this fall.
Where are iOS 16’s lock screen widgets located?
The iOS 16 lock screen has two rows of widgets: one above the clock and one below.
First row widgets (above the clock)
Currently, iOS 16 supports 15 front row widgets for six apps: Calendar, Clock, Fitness, Reminders, Stocks, and Weather. Since they are arranged by apps, you can easily find the widget you are looking for. You also have a “Suggestions” section with some recommended widgets to choose from. However, because the front row space is quite limited, you can only have one widget at a time, which is always to the right of the date.
There are two widgets for the Calendar app: one that shows the current day of the week, date, and month, and another that shows your next event. The Clock app also has two widgets. The first shows you the time of your next alarm and the second shows the current time in a chosen city. By default, the second widget is set to show the time in Cupertino, but tapping it while customizing will allow you to choose a different city.
The Fitness, Reminders, and Stocks apps each have one widget. The Fitness app widget displays activity statistics, such as calories burned and training minutes. As for the Reminders and Stocks widgets, the first one shows you upcoming reminders for the day, and the second one allows you to track the stock of a particular company. You can choose the company’s stocks by tapping the Stocks widget during the customization steps.
However, the Weather app currently has the most widgets. Through the eight widgets you can see the current moon phase, when the sun sets and rises again, the temperature and meteorological conditions in your area at the moment, and how likely it is that it will rain. There are also widgets that display the current air quality, UV index and wind speed.
To quickly access the app you need, all these widgets open the app they are related to when you tap them. So if you tap the temperature on the lock screen, you will be teleported directly to the Weather app.
Widgets in the third row (below the clock)
In this row, Apple gave us many more widgets to choose from. Also, here you can have up to four widgets at once, which can be combined in different ways. However, here we have two types of widgets: small ones that show less information and larger ones that show more data of the same type as their smaller counterparts. And since the bigger ones are twice as big, you can’t have the maximum number of widgets in each combination. Unfortunately, adding even one widget in the third row automatically disables the super cool layered photo effect. Currently, iOS 16 offers widgets in the third row for eight apps: Batteries, Calendar, Clock, Fitness, Home, Reminders, Stocks, and Weather. The widgets here are also arranged by apps and just like the first row you have a suggested section.
The widgets for the Batteries app indicate the battery percentage of your phone or connected accessories. The smaller one shows only how much battery you have left via a progress bar, but its larger counterpart shows the battery percentage in numbers and the name of your phone or connected accessory in addition to the progress bar.
Moving on to the Calendar app, the smaller widget here only shows you the time of your next appointment. But its bigger brother will also display the event name and start and end times.
The Clock app also has a few widgets. It contains a double and two small clock widgets – one analog and one digital – that show the current time in a selected city. The double sized widget also shows the time difference between the phone and the selected location. In this section you also have a large world clock and small and double alarm widgets. To change the displayed location, all you need to do is tap on the widgets during the customization section.
Next in line is the Fitness app. Here you have a small widget that displays the app’s activity rings and a larger widget that shows you how many calories you’ve burned and how much time you’ve been active.
The Home app currently has four large widgets that show summaries of your entire home, its security accessories and lighting, and two small widgets that show information for just one home accessory.
For the Reminders app, you currently have one double-sized widget that displays and accesses your reminders list for the current day.
Those who trade on the exchange can set three widgets for their lock screen. With iOS 16, Apple offers a Watchlist widget that allows them to track the performance of up to three companies throughout the day, as well as a small and a double widget to track the performance of a single company.
As for the Weather app – the last on the list – it has double sized widgets for the lunar events and the current conditions in the area. The moon event widget displays the current moon phase, moonrise time, and night length. The Conditions widget shows the current temperature and conditions with the highest and lowest possible temperatures for your area. The Weather app also features six small widgets that display sun events, how likely it is to rain, current temperature, UV index, air quality, and wind speed for your area.
Right now you can have up to 5 widgets (1 in the top row and 4 in the third row), but given the ability to quickly switch between lock screens, you can easily have a lot more organized information.