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iOS 16: Dozens of great apps with Lock Screen widgets to try

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So you just updated to iOS 16, and we can’t say we blame you. It’s full of great new features, and the customizable Lock Screen is one of those things that’s sure to delight even the most casual user.

If you really want to make the most of it, you’ll want to put some great widgets on there, so you can see the information that’s most important to you and have easy shortcuts to your favorite apps. Here are several dozen great apps that already support Lock Screen widgets to help you embark upon your iOS 16 journey.

For the DIY crowd

When iOS 14 allowed you to customize your Home Screen with custom widgets, layouts, and icons, a number of apps and icon packs sprung into existence to help you make your own custom Home Screen widgets. Many of them have been updated to allow you to make your own Lock Screen widgets, too. Some of these show select information, others give you one-touch shortcuts to specific contacts, message threads, locations, or even the ability to run the Shortcuts you’ve created.

WidgetSmithLauncherScreenKitHome Widget – for HomeKitWeather apps

It’s little wonder that so many weather apps quickly updated to provide Lock Screen widgets. It’s exactly the kind of information you’d want to see at a glance, without even unlocking your iPhone.

Carrot WeatherMercury WeatherPaku for PurpleAirRainViewerSlopes: Ski & SnowboardWeather LiveWeather StripHealth and Fitness

Health and Fitness apps are another great candidate for Lock Screen info. Track your calories, start a workout, see how much sleep you got last night.

CaloryCardioBotFastBotFitnessViewNapBotPedometer++Personal BestSmartGymTempoProductivity

Email, to-do lists, calendars, contacts, and more. Sometimes you want info at a glance, other times you want a quick one-tap way to get to an app you use often. Lock Screen widgets can provide both.

Contacts by CardhopCycles: Period & Cycles TrackerGoogle Apps (Several Google apps will get Lock Screen widgets “in the coming weeks.”)FantasticalJust Press RecordOmniFocus 3Scanner ProStreaksThings 3Travel and Tracking

Your Lock Screen is the perfect place to get up-to-date info on flight status or to track that important package you’ve got on the way.

FlightyParcelTripItOther apps

There are plenty of apps with iOS 16 Lock Screen widgets that don’t neatly fit into the categories above. This is our catch-all for everything from social media to recipe apps.

Apollo for RedditDark NoiseFacebookHalideMoneyCoachOvercastPestle

Author: Jason Cross, Senior Editor

I have written about technology for my entire adult professional life – over 25 years. I enjoy learning about out how complicated technology works and explaining it in a way anyone can understand.

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