iOS 16 Lock Screen widgets: The best apps to try

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As we’ve covered extensively, one of the leading features of iOS 16 is the ability to customize your iPhone’s Lock Screen for the first time. There are new wallpapers, font choices, colors, and filters that you can apply. The biggest change, however, is that iOS 16 supports widgets on the Lock Screen.

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Here are some of the apps available right now that support Lock Screen widgets.

If you’re a developer with an app to share, get in touch and I’d love to try it out. Our list can’t be 100% comprehensive from day one, so we’ll be making a ton of updates to this roundup over the coming weeks.

Head below for a roundup of our favorite apps that support not only the new Lock Screen widget features in iOS 16, but also other new features like Focus Filters and more. Each of these apps have implemented Lock Screen widgets in their own respective ways, while also battling the inherent constraints of how Apple has implemented the feature in iOS 16.

Widgetsmith

  • An improved widget editor to make widget creation and configuration simpler and more intuitive.
  • Widgetsmith provides a wide array of lock screen widgets in all of the new styles.
  • The ability to isolate the people in images from their background and import images with transparency.
  • A robust set of new tools that which automatically launch within Widgetsmith whenever a widget is tapped

Download Widgetsmith on the App Store.

Flighty

  • Live Tracking on Your Lock Screen – The most convenient way to monitor flights ever. Includes in-flight progress bar, even when you’re offline.

Download Flighty on the App Store.

Overcast

  • Playlist: Play a chosen playlist. Tap in edit mode to select the playlist.
  • Icon: Launch Overcast.
  • Recents: Unfinished and newly published episodes.

Download Overcast on the App Store.

CardPointers

  • Lock Screen Widgets
  • 1,000s of App Shortcuts
  • Focus Filters
  • Shared with You
  • Passkeys

CardPointers is available as a free download, with an in-app subscription available to unlock the CardPointers Pro features. 9to5Mac readers can save 20% on CardPointers Pro’s annual and lifetime plans.

Apollo for Reddit

  • Trending post widget: choose a subreddit and the lock screen widget will cycle through trending posts throughout the course of the day.
  • Distance scrolled widget: Shows the total distance you’ve scrolled in Apollo as a handy lock screen widget!
  • Karma widget: at a glance see how your magic internet points are doing!
  • Inbox widget: see if you have any unread items in Apollo that you might want to take a peak at!
  • Most recent post widget: shows how your most recent post is doing, in terms of upvotes and comments.
  • Most recent comment widget: similar to the previous one, but shows how your most recent comment is doing!
  • Subreddit shortcut widget: what it says on the tin! Quickly jump from your lock screen to your favorite subreddit of your choosing with a tap!
  • Random subreddit widget: quickly go on an adventure to a random subreddit!

Download Apollo for Reddit from the App Store.

Dark Noise

  • Lock Screen widgets for quickly playing selected noises
  • Includes all the customization options you love from existing Dark Noise widgets

Download Dark Noise from the App Store.

NapBot

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  • Always-on screen support added
  • Lock screen widgets added – Track sleep times, trends, and more

Download NapBot from the App Store.

CardioBot

  • Lock screen widgets for monitoring heart data
  • Heart rate recovery analysis

Download CardioBot from the App Store.

Daily Dictionary

  • Get the Daily Dictionary word of the day right on your Lock Screen with iOS 16 Lock Screen widgets.

Download Daily Dictionary on the App Store.

Pestle

  • Lock Screen widgets: View your Meal Plan at a glance with a brand new Lock Screen Widget.
  • Shared with You: Recipes shared with you via iMessage will show up in Pestle.
  • Siri Shortcuts integration

Download Pestle from the App Store.

Calory: Nutrition, Diet Coach

  • New Lock Screen Widgets: New quick add screen aimed at simplifying the process of logging foods, calories, weight and water.

Download Calory from the App Store.

Parcel

  • Lock screen widgets: Track packages, see countdowns, and quickly launch the app.

Download Parcel from the App Store.

Carrot Weather

Carrot Weather iOS 16 update
  • Lock Screen Widgets: Get weather on your Lock Screen with a wide variety of customizable widgets. (Automatic background updates require a Premium Club membership.)

Download Carrot Weather on the App Store.

TripIt

  • Upcoming trip or plan, whether it’s a flight, train, rental car, hotel, restaurant, or stop on your road trip.
  • Relevant flight information, including the flight number and departure time, arrival countdown, plus gate number when available.
  • Post-landing details, whether that’s a rental car reservation or hotel booking details.

Download TripIt from the App Store.

Scanner Pro

  • With the brand-new widgets, you can access Scanner Pro with just one tap. It quickly takes you from the locked screen to the camera.

Download Scanner Pro from the App Store.

SmartGym

  • You can get a weekly summary, heart rate and calories charts and even track how many workouts you’ve done.
  • These new Lock Screen are all about customization. For this reason we offer a large variety of Widgets, so users can choose the ones that suits them best.

Download SmartGym from the App Store.

Slopes: Ski & Snowboard

  • New widgets for your Lock Screen *and* Complications for your Watch: keep tabs on local resort conditions and snow forecasts.

Download Slopes from the App Store.

Mercury Weather

  • Lock screen widgets for weather, forecasts, current conditions, and more.

Download Mercury Weather from the App Store.

Motivation – Daily Quotes

  • Lock screen widgets: receiving powerful quotes has never been easier. Strengthen your mental health with beautifully inspiring, positive quotes delivered right to your lock screen widgets. You can even read them at a glance in the new always-on iPhone screen.

Download Motivation – Daily quotes from the App Store.

Launcher 5

Launcher Widgets on your Lock Screen allow you to tap an icon to:

  • Call, message, FaceTime, or email a contact.
  • Get directions to a location or your next event.
  • Start playing any artist, album or playlist in Apple Music.
  • Quickly access your favorite websites.
  • Launch actions within apps like Compose Tweet or Run Shortcut.
  • Turn Wifi, Bluetooth, Low Power Mode, DND, Cellular Data, and Airplane Mode on and off.
  • Launch any app on your device.

Download Launcher 5 from the App Store.

MoneyCoach

  • Lock Screen widgets for tracking financial goals, monitoring spending, setting spending limits, and more.

Download MoneyCoach from the App Store.

Things 3

  • Lock Screen widgets to glance at your lists, ad new to-dos, and track your progress throughout the day.

Download Things 3 from the App Store.

Personal Best

  • Lock screen widgets! Track your workouts even when your phone is locked. Also support for the new Always-On display on the iPhone 14 Pro

Download Personal Best from the App Store.

Rain Viewer

  • New Lock Screen Widgets to check the weather at a glance

Download RainViewer on the App Store.

WeatherStrip

  • New Lock Screen widgets for detailed weather data, graphs, and much more.

Download Weather Strip from the App Store.

Lumy

Three new customizable lock screen widgets 

  • Countdown widget to track any sun event you want.
  • Sun times widget to show times like sunrise, sunset, first light, golden hour, blue hour, etc., 
  • Moon widget that shows moon phase, rise, set, and transit time.

Download Lumy from the App Store.

Halide

  • Lock Screen widgets for opening Halide, jumping right into Auto/Manual mode, opening Halide any lens, and even a Macro mode shortcut

Download Halide from the App Store.

Home Widget for HomeKit

  • Lock Screen Widgets and a brand new icon set from the new iOS Home app and dynamic icons (open/close icons regarding device status).
  • You can now activate a scene or a shortcut, toggle any device and monitor your sensors directly from the lock screen, and go much further than with the native Home Widget currently provided by Apple.

Download Home Widget from the App Store.

Tempo for Runners

  • Tempo includes over a dozen new Lock Screen widgets for tracking distance totals across different timeframes and the ability to track goal progress.

Download Tempo for Runners from the App Store.

FitnessView

  • Small & Large widgets
  • Configure to show activity rings, goals, progress, and more
  • See your fitness/health goals right on the Lock Screen

WaterMinder

Lock Screen widgets:

  • Choose from 8 different options
  • Glance at your current water levels
  • See hourly and weekly graphs
  • Log your favorite cup directly from the Lock Screen

Download WaterMinder from the App Store.

OmniFocus

  • View upcoming tasks, your forecast, and much more via new Lock Screen widgets.

Download OmniFocus 3 from the App Store.

Focused Work

  • Lock Screen Widgets: Current Timer + Daily Goals
  • Focus Filters: Filter sessions based on the current Focus
  • App Shortcuts: Start a session + perform actions via Shortcuts, Siri, and Spotlight
  • Swift Charts: A new productivity dashboard with detailed charts

Download Focused Work from the App Store.

LockFlow

  • Bring shortcuts to your Lock Screen and Home Screen
  • Run any Siri Shortcuts you created in the Shortcuts app.
  • Run home automations with one tap
  • Open an alternative camera app
  • Get directions to a specific place
  • Send a message to someone you frequently text
  • Start playing your latest favorite podcast
  • Leverage all your existing shortcuts by making them easily accessible

Download LockFlow from the App Store.

Streaks

  • Lock Screen widgets for showing your next due task, progress, and task statistics
  • Tap the new Up Next button up top to see the next due tasks.
  • Tasks are shown in the order in which they’re due, and will hide once complete.
  • You can now skip the current day, rather than needing to wait until tomorrow
  • Select the Settings icon, then long press “…” on the task you wish to skip

Download Streaks from the App Store.

Fantastical

  • Fantastical supports the iOS 16 Lock Screen with three different widgets: Up Next, Calendar, and Quick Action.
  • Focus filters – choose which Calendar Sets you want to see when a particular Focus mode is active in Fantastical.

Download Fantastical from the App Store.

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