The iOS 16 update brings in a slew of customizations to the iPhone, and adding widgets to the lock screen is the talk of the town. Widgets were introduced on the home screen with iOS 14. The iOS 16 update takes it a step further, largely impacting how we interact with our iPhones.
Apple did not limit the widgets to its first-party applications but also released a developer API that third-party applications can use. Since the Beta release of iOS 16, several app developers have worked on making widgets available for their users. I have categorized the list of best iOS 16 Lock Screen widgets, so you can directly jump to what you’re looking for.
Note: For those unaware of how to add widgets to the lock screen, refer to our article: “How to customize your Lock Screen on iPhone in iOS 16.”
- Empirical Sleep
- Personal Best
- Lock Screen Icon Widgets
- Things 3
- Look Up
- Carrot Weather
- Apollo for Reddit
Health and fitness Lock Screen widget apps
Several Apple products and services revolve around health and fitness. Apple has a product – the Apple Watch – and it works wonders in helping people maintain a healthier lifestyle. Many other applications work with the Apple Watch to track your runs, workouts, sleep cycles, etc. You might already be using these apps; if you haven’t, they’re definitely worth checking out.
1. Empirical Sleep
The Empirical Sleep application aims to track your sleep pattern and divide it into three categories – Sleep onset time, duration, and quality. After analyzing this data over 7 days, the application displays results and recommends daily challenges to improve your sleeping habits.
With iOS 16, the developers have added widgets for sleep onset, duration, quality, and stages; you can add these to the iPhone’s lock screen or Apple Watch face.
The NapBot application automatically tracks and analyses your sleeping pattern by using on-device machine learning. The free version of the application provides detailed sleep analysis, environmental sound exposure, and sleep heart rate. Sleep history and sleep trends are some features unlocked with the Pro subscription of the app.
The application developers have added support for lock screen widgets and Always-on-Display support with the iOS 16 update.
3. Personal Best
The Personal Best application is focused on collecting all your workout data from your Apple Watch and iPhone. It tracks information like distance traveled, heart rate, etc. Once done, the information is presented in a way that looks good and helps provide more insight into your workouts, etc. The application also provides feedback to help you improve and only compares you with you. It pushes you to be the best version of yourself.
By adding widgets, you can track workouts and heart rate zones even when the screen of your iPhone is locked. It also supports Always-on Display. All of this is possible with iOS 16.
SmartGym is a very useful application for gym freaks. It tracks muscle fatigue, targeted muscles, routine tags, personal records, types of sets, and monthly history records. The Mission Control widget lets you view all the important weekly charts. Other available widgets are heart rate, weekly summary, and calorie charts.
CardioBot is a unique application that recommends heart rate recovery analysis by referring to the studies provided by the American Heart Association. It is aimed to help you improve your cardiovascular system and maintain a healthier lifestyle. It also captures workout and meditation data. Apart from this, the app also provides sleep analysis and heart rate information.
With iOS 16, the application developers have added a couple of widgets to the lock screen, and you can also use the same widgets on the Always-on Display.
I remember reading this somewhere, “Adulting is all about reminding yourself to drink enough water.” Water Minder does more than remind you to drink water at frequent intervals. The application will set the minimum water intake required by your body based on your weight. You can log information about other liquid intakes and view the history in a weekly chart.
You can choose from 8 widgets that display your current water levels, hourly and weekly graphs, etc.
Personalization Lock Screen widget apps
There are thousands of users using the same iPhone as you. How can you truly make the device feel exclusive to you? One of the ways is to personalize it. Here are some of the best personalization widgets that offer more than just pretty icons.
Widgetsmith has more than 500K ratings on the App Store and is one of the most popular applications for creating custom widgets on the home screen. With the iOS 16 update, the company is adding support for lock screen widgets. You can choose from a wide range of lock screen widgets and also add multi-line rectangular widgets.
Configuring and editing widgets is more intuitive with the iOS 16 update. Also, tapping on widgets launches the corresponding application.
The Motivation application stands true to its name. It displays motivational quotes in the widget space on the home screen. With iOS 16, you can add widgets to the lock screen. You can add these widgets in different sizes.
The application’s main aim is to strengthen your mental health with positive, inspiring quotes on the lock screen and on the Always-on Display of your iPhone.
9. Lock Screen Icon Widgets
The developer of Lock Screen Icon Widgets is Rihab Mehboob, a winner of the WWDC 2022 Swift Student Challenge. The application consists of more than 4000 unique icons alongside text.
With iOS 16, you can add widgets to the lock screen and customize them with icons and texts. You can also add a widget as a shortcut for Messages or FaceTime to a contact of your favorite person.
ScreenKit is a customization app that allows you to change app icons, make different themes and widgets, and also has a huge collection of aesthetic wallpapers. You can add more than 500 app icons and widgets to your home screen.
The latest update to the application supports widgets on the lock screen, and the app allows you to choose from more than 100 widgets to choose from. It offers more than just lock screen customization, so make sure to try it if you’re bored with your home screen setup.
Always wanted to launch an application right from your lock screen? Well, Launchify might be what you’re looking for. It is an app launcher that lets you instantly open an app on your iPhone from your lock screen.
In iOS 16, the app allows you to customize your lock screen with widgets and assign them actions. You can add symbols, app icons, and custom images.
Lock Screen widget apps for managing tasks
While many still prefer to manage their work by writing it down on paper, technology has simplified managing tasks by adding it to calendars, to-do lists, and more. Since many of us use our phones for work purposes, here are some lock screen widgets you should check out.
12. Things 3
Want to plan your day, manage your projects, and make actual progress toward your goals? Things is the app you should install. Once you fill in all the goals, the app will organize tasks based on priority and help you focus on what matters the most right now. It will send you reminders to ensure you are on track with your task.
The app now supports three lock screen widgets; a List widget that displays your to-do list, a Progress ring that keeps track of your completed tasks, and an Add New Item widget that lets you create or add a new task right from your lock screen.
13. Look Up
Please do not confuse the Look-Up application with Apple’s Visual Look Up feature. If you aren’t a native English speaker but want to expand your vocabulary, Look Up will be of great help. The app displays a new word every day, and you can add these or other words to a list of favorite words. It is a dictionary application with a beautiful design.
Avid readers will also benefit from the app because no matter how vast our vocabulary is, there’s always that one word that makes us wonder what it means. Look Up will display the word of the day on your lock screen and help you learn something new every day.
Fantastical is a great calendar application that helps you keep track of your tasks. It can work together with Google Tasks and Tools. This calendar app has multiple awards to its name.
Developers have added support for lock screen widgets with the iOS 16 update. Three widgets are available: What is next on your calendar, a full month view of your calendar, and a quick action button.
Weather Lock Screen widget apps
I check the weather before leaving for work every day as it helps me decide if I should commute on my bike or call a cab. It’s always good to be prepared. If you follow the same habit or intend on doing so, what’s better than a widget on your lock screen that displays the current weather without having to unlock your iPhone?
15. Carrot Weather
If you’re a sucker for design and aesthetics, the Carrot Weather application will not disappoint you. It has won Apple’s App of the Year alongside the Editor’s Choice App. The app also stores your data privately and provides accurate and detailed information about the weather.
The application developers have added support for more than 20 customizable lock screen widgets on iOS 16. You can view the weather and hourly and daily forecasts, and if you’re familiar with Carrot, you can also add a widget that displays their notorious jokes.
Slopes is an application targeting a niche audience who frequent skiing and snowboarding. The app keeps you updated on weather conditions around your favorite resorts and displays snow forecasts, and you can add widgets for both of these features on your lock screen.
Lumy is another application targeted toward a niche audience who wants to track the sun’s movements. How does tracking the sun help anyone? Well, the app is created by keeping photographers in mind who want to capture images in the golden or blue hour or people who want to go out early in the morning for a run or a yoga session. Still, when the sun is out, you do not miss out on that Vitamin D while exercising.
With iOS 16, you can add widgets that allow you to track any sun event or moon events like moon phases, rising and setting times, and more.
Music and Podcast Lock Screen widget apps
Apple has introduced Live Activities for Music and Podcasts on iOS 16, and they are nothing short of amazing. The album art and the overall design of the lock screen are commendable. But if you’re not a fan of that design or want to add widgets for music and podcast apps on your lock screen, here are a few recommended applications.
Overcast is the only podcast app a single developer writes; no big company is funding it. It is loaded with a ton of useful features and no gimmicks. Several technology publications have acclaimed the service.
The newly added lock screen widgets display unfinished podcasts or even newly published podcasts, a widget to resume the playlist of your choice, and an icon that will launch the Overcast app from the lock screen.
Soor is a feature-rich third-party application for Apple Music. It is just a client app for those familiar with app clients for Apple Music. You can access Music from the entire Apple Music library. The interface of the app is gesture-driven, and that is something I love about it, personally.
The word Soor is a Hindi word that means melody, and being an Indian, that is quite a wise name for an app catering to Music. Coming to widgets support, you can add rectangular and circular lock screen widgets to your lock screen.
Lock Screen widget apps for travel
Some people travel frequently, some occasionally, and some don’t travel at all. If you fall into the former two categories, you already have a few apps that work well. Until app developers for those apps release lock screen widgets, here are a couple of apps you should try that support lock screen widgets.
If you don’t travel often, maybe it’s time to start exploring.
Traveling is fun. But you must plan everything and keep all the booking details in one place by creating an itinerary. TripIt does just that. Once you’ve booked tickets for your flight or confirmed hotel booking, forward the details to the app’s email and add them to your Itinerary.
The widgets are available on the lock screen to display trip details like upcoming trips, plans, flight tickets, hotel reservations, etc. It updates based on the time; everything you need is on your lock screen.
The Flighty app offers industry-first features like 25-hour flight tracking, delay forecast, taxi times, and a check-in assistant that will provide the right details at the right time. It is a tried and trusted app and provides pilot-grade alerts.
And you can also track the flights of your friends.
The widgets available on the iOS 16 lock screen are the trip countdown widget, live flight status, and in-flight progress bar.
Miscellaneous Lock Screen widget apps
Parcel lets you track your delivery packages. That’s the easiest explanation for an application. You can track your package from over 300 delivery services like UPS, FedEx, USPS, etc. Adding a delivery is quite easy – just scan the QR code, and at times, you won’t even need to manually add as Parcel has automation set up for several applications.
You can add a lock screen widget to the iOS 16 lock screen, which displays where your package has reached and when it will reach you. All the details are right on your lock screen.
23. Apollo for Reddit
Reddit is one the best anonymous social sites that provides information and entertainment about anything and everything. While it is one of the best apps to keep in touch with the world, the application is not very appealing, and Apollo is one of the most preferred Reddit clients.
Once you install Apollo, there are 8 widgets to choose from. One of the widgets displays the total number of messages in your inbox, and another takes you directly to your inbox. There’s also a widget that displays your Karma; a useful widget for users who like to farm Karma.
I’ve been eating out for more than a couple of months now, and apart from hurting my wallet, it is also hurting my health. I wish I had found Pestle earlier as it allows importing recipes from anywhere and guides you throughout the cooking process. The app also syncs with all your devices.
You can add a widget that will display your meal plan so you are focused and know what you should eat. The app developers will enable Live Activities later this year, which will help with the step-by-step cooking process.
So, that’s all for now, folks. I hope you found my handpicked list of iOS 16 lock screen widget apps useful. In the comments, let me know which widget you plan to download and use!
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