14 Best iOS 16 Lock Screen Widgets that outclass stock widgets

Lock screen personalization is the centerpiece attraction of the iOS 16. The newer version of iOS brings in a ton of customization options, including a new wallpaper carousel, different clock styles, depth effect for compatible wallpapers, and lock screen widgets. Yes, widgets are finally available on the iPhone lock screen. And today, we’re sharing a list of the best iOS 16 lock screen widgets you can use on your iPhone.

With the release of iOS 14, Apple first introduced widgets on the iPhone home screen. And this time with iOS 16, Apple takes a step further by releasing widgets for the iPhone lock screen.

Apple introduces the iOS 16 with select stock widgets that include widgets from apps like Calendar, Clock, Batteries, Fitness, News, Weather, etc. As iOS 16 is available to the public, third-party developers started making custom widgets for the iPhone lock screen. Not only this but Google also updated some Google apps with support for the new iOS 16 lock screen widgets, which will be available to everyone in the coming days.

Now if you are looking for some best productive and useful widgets for your iPhone’s lock screen, then you are at the right place, here you will find the 14 best iOS 16 lock screen widgets.

Top Widgets

Top Widgets is one of the best third-party widgets apps on the iPhone, thanks to the dynamic widgets. If you want to add a dynamic widget on your iPhone lock screen, then check out this step by step story. Apart from the dynamic widgets, the app has plenty of widgets to choose from. The app lets you choose the Photos widget, Date & Time widget, quick launchers, calendar, analog clock, daily quotes, events, reminders, step counter, calorie counter widget, and more. Before adding a widget to the lock screen, you can customize it by changing the background opacity and more.

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Lock Screen Widgets +

Lock Screen Widgets + app lets you add a shortcut of any app on your lock screen, followers counter from Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube, Countdown widget, contact widget, Single Digit (for name or emoji), Quotes, CPU usage widget, and more. For app shortcuts or the app launcher, at the moment, there are select apps available in the library but we can expect more apps to be added in the future. Followers counter widgets and other widgets are available in two sizes – the small and the large. Here are some sample screenshots you can check before installing the app.

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Launcher with Multiple Widgets

As the name suggests, the app lets you make widgets for calls, messages, email, FaceTime, location search, access to the favorite website in a single tap, run a shortcut directly from the lock screen, music launcher widget, as well as the app launcher widget. Some features are limited for premium members including dynamic widget icons, the ability to change icon sizes, remove icon labels, widgets stacking, and a few more. If you are looking for a launcher with a variety of functionalities, then you can give it a try.

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LockFlow Lock Screen Shortcuts

LockFlow app brings some useful quick actions to the lock screen. You can add a widget for home automation, Siri Shortcuts, open a third-party camera app, a shortcut to send a frequent message to someone, a widget of your favorite podcast, focus mode shortcut, and more. Yes, you can instantly perform all these actions directly from your iPhone’s lock screen, thanks to the Lock Flow and iOS 16 lock screen widgets. Just like other apps, LockFlow is freely available on the app store.

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Motivation – Daily Quotes

We always need some motivation to push some extra bit of work. So, how about getting motivational quotes directly on your iPhone’s lock screen? Yes, you can do it by adding a Motivation – Daily Quotes widget on your iPhone’s lock screen running iOS 16. You can save and share quotes with your friends, change the font and colors of widgets, filter quotes by category, set motivational reminders, add a motivational quote widget on the home screen, and more.

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LockNotes: Note on Lock Screen

Want to quickly write a fresh idea in the Notes? LockNotes lets you create notes directly from the iPhone lock screen, thanks to the widgets. Not only this, but you can also access saved widgets. One of the best things about the LockNotes app is the clean, simple interface, and the ability to take quick notes from the lock screen itself. It is a small app weighing only 32MB in size and is freely available on the app store, here are some screenshots of the app.

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Speedy – Lock Screen Contacts

Want to contact your friends quickly? Then you can add some Speedy widgets on your iPhone lock screen. The app lets you add shortcuts to any contact from FaceTime, Phone, Messages, WhatsApp, Telegram, or Signal. And developer mentions more app support will be available in the future. The widget shortcut will show you the contact image, you can add up to four contacts on your iPhone’s lock screen. Here’s how the Speedy – Lock Screen Contacts work.

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AnyWidget: Lock Screen Widgets

Want some cool widgets on your lock screen, then there’s an app called AnyWidget. The app lets you add circular, rectangular, or inline widgets of any app, shortcut, data progress, days counter, icon, and text. The best thing about AnyWidget app is, it has a wide range of widgets to choose from, it has minimal, cool, attractive, emojis, characters, photos, web apps, websites, and many custom widgets. Here are some sample screenshots of AnyWidget lock screen widgets.

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ShortFlow: Lockscreen Shortcut

ShortFlow is yet another app that lets you add shortcuts to any app on the lock screen. But the best things about this app is, it has over 4,000 icons in the library and sport features like custom title widgets, built-in presets for quickly adding widgets, support for the iPhone 14 Pro’s Always-on Display, ability to change widgets through the app, and more. Yes, it is compatible with the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max Always-on Display feature. Here are some sample screenshots of the ShortFlow app.

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OffScreen – Less Screen Time

Nowadays we spend a big chunk of our free time on social media websites, streaming favorite shows/movies, playing games, and more. So, yes, Digital Wellbeing is important, and to monitor your iPhone usage, here’s a lock screen widget called OffScreen – Less Screen Time. The app lets you track screen time, set up goals, daily iPhone usage insights, sleep data, provide access to Focus Mode, break digital detox challenges, and more. If you want to monitor your Digital Wellbeing goals, then you can give a try to this app.

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Lock Screen Widgets – LockView

LockView is yet another cool app that brings some third-party widgets to the lock screen of the iPhone. There is a big collection of widgets to choose from, you can use a custom icon for any app you want and add a shortcut to the lock screen. You can add a widget in two sizes – the small and the large. The icons look clean and superior, so you can give a try to the LockView widgets. It is yet another app that has widgets with Always-on Display support for the iPhone 14 Pro.

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AllMyBatteries

As the name suggests, the app lets you track the battery levels of all your widgets. You can add a battery widget on your lock screen for your Apple Watch, iPad, Apple Pencil, Beats, Sony WF-1000XM4, Bose QC45, Samsung Galaxy Buds Live, Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, and other eligible gadgets. You can explore more in the app itself else you can add a widget on the lock screen. The widgets are available in different sizes, here are the screenshots.

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Flighty – Fast Flight Tracker

Flighty app keeps you updated with delays, cancellations, taxi times, live-streaming with pilot-grade dates, flight timetables, weather updates, iCloud backup, and more. If you’re traveling somewhere and want to add stay updated with the latest information about your flight, then you can get updated with the latest information by checking your lock screen. Yes, there’s no need of opening flight tracker apps or websites, you can easily check whatever you want on your iPhone’s lock screen.

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Widgetsmith

Widgetsmith is yet another third-party widgets app for iPhone with some extra customization features. The app has a wide range of widgets for the home screen and lock screen. The widgets collection allows you to add widgets from photos, to date, to weather, to astronomy, and more. The best thing about this app is you can customize the widgets before adding them to the lock screen, although, some widgets required premium subscription. Here are the sample screenshots of the app.

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So, these are some best iOS 16 lock screen widgets that you can use on your iPhone, know some other apps providing some useful widgets, then let us know in the comment section.

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By Haneet Singh

Haneet is a passionate tech writer and a consumer. He loves tinkering with the newest tech - smartphones, wearables, laptops, smart TVs, and other smart home devices. For tips, you can connect Haneet at [email protected]

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