How to Customize iPad Lock Screen

The ultimate guide on iPad lock screen customization for iPadOS 17.

The iPad Lock Screen is more beautiful than ever, thanks to the new lock screen customization features. Apple finally utilizes the empty space on the lock screen by introducing the widgets, Depth Effect, Lock Screen Music Player, and more. All these features come with the recently released iPadOS 17.

If you want to learn the best way to customize the iPad Lock Screen, then you are in the right place. I customized my iPad’s Lock Screen using all these new features and will tell you the exact same tips you can follow and enhance the overall lock screen appearance on your iPad.

Here’s a comparison between the default iPadOS 17 lock screen and what we are going to achieve after doing customization.

How to Customize iPad Lock Screen

Changing the Background

When it comes to customizing the lock screen, selecting a perfect wallpaper is important. The wallpaper you choose can set the tone for your entire device and can impact the overall user experience.

By default, iPadOS 17 comes with a ton of new built-in wallpapers, including the mind-blowing live weather and astronomy wallpapers. In case you are looking for more cool wallpapers, then you can check our collection of wallpapers that work with Depth Effect on iPad.

iPad Depth Effect Wallpaper

Here are the steps you can follow to change or add new wallpaper to the iPad Lock Screen.

Step 1: Unlock your iPad.

Step 2: Press and Hold on the empty area on your iPad Lock Screen.

Step 3: Select the “+” icon at the bottom right corner to add new wallpaper.

How to Customize iPad Lock Screen

Step 4: Choose the wallpaper from the Wallpaper Gallery.

How to Customize iPad Lock Screen

You can select the Photos option to pick a wallpaper from your Photo Library.

How to Customize iPad Lock Screen

Step 5: Swipe right to change the accent from Natural to Black & White, Duotone, or Color Wash. You can even change the accent of your own choice by selecting the color from the bottom right color icon.

How to Customize iPad Lock Screen

Step 6: When you are done with the finishing touches, tap the Add button at the top right corner.

How to Customize iPad Lock Screen

Step 7: Select Set as Wallpaper Pair if you want the same wallpaper for both the lock screen and home screen or you can choose Customize Home Screen if you want separate looks for the home screen.

That’s it. This is how you can change the lock screen background on your iPad running on the iPadOS 17.

Customize the Clock Font on the iPad Lock Screen

iPadOS 17 brings six new fonts for the lock screen clock. You can even change the weight and color of the clock. Here’s how you can customize the clock font on your iPad.

Step 1: Press and hold on the lock screen and select Customize option, then select Customize Lock Screen option.

Step 2: Tap the Clock and choose the font you like the most.

How to Customize iPad Lock Screen

Step 3: To change the font weight, swipe the controller to the right to make the text bold or to the left for a more minimalist look.

How to Customize iPad Lock Screen

Step 4: If you want to change the clock color, simply select one from the color palette or you can select the last option to open the color picker.

That’s it.

Adding Widgets to the iPad Lock Screen

One of the best features of iPad Lock Screen customization features is the addition of the new widgets.

Yes, you can finally add widgets to your iPad’s Lock screen. However, for the time being, the widgets are limited to landscape mode only and will disappear when you turn your iPad to portrait mode.

Fun Fact: You can add up to 16 widgets to the widgets area on the iPad Lock Screen or 8 large widgets.

Here’s how you can add widgets to the iPad Lock Screen.

Step 1: Unlock your iPad.

Step 2: Press and hold on to the empty area on your lock screen.

Step 3: Select the Customize option or you can tap the Add button to make a new lock screen setup and select new wallpaper. Select the Customize Lock Screen option.

Step 4: Select the Add Widgets option on the left side.

How to Customize iPad Lock Screen

Step 5: Choose the widgets you want to add to the lock screen, you can use the search option to find the widget quickly. Tap the widget that you want to add to the lock screen.

How to Customize iPad Lock Screen

Step 6: You can tap and hold any widgets to change their position. Apple allows placing the widgets anywhere you want in the widgets area, if you have 2-3 widgets you can place it anywhere in the middle or bottom if you want.

How to Customize iPad Lock Screen

Step 7: If your has multiple functionality, like a weather widget, you can tap on it to change the location.

Step 8: When you are done with adding widgets, tap Done at the top right corner to save the setup.

You can even change the widget placed above the clock, simply tap it then choose the widget from the widgets carousel.

That’s it.

Do you like my iPad lock screen setup? Or If you still have any queries on how to customize iPad lock screen, then tell me in the comment section.

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Haneet Singh

Haneet is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of YTECHB. He has a huge passion for tinkering with latest smartphones, wearables, smart home devices, smart TVs, and more. As an avid Apple Ecosystem user, he loves customizing his iPhone and iPad to suit his needs. For tips, you can connect Haneet at In 2019, Haneet and the YTECHB team exclusively shared the wallpapers of iPhone 11 right before the launch event. In 2020, Haneet alongside his team members shared exclusive renders and official photos of two Samsung Galaxy smartphones - the Galaxy M11, and Galaxy M21. Later, the YTECHB team leaks information about Motorola's feature phones and Razr 3. In the last few months, our team shared Galaxy S24 Ultra leaks and more. You may come across with our work getting mentioned in The Times of India, India Today, Hindustan Times, NDTV, TechRadar, Digital Trends, Yahoo News, GSMArena, Android Authority, Android Central, Android Headlines, SamMobile, XDA, 9to5Google, and many other publications. He works across news, updates, features, guides, and more. If YTECHB writes about it, you can expect him to be involved in some way.

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