How to Customize Lock Screen on iOS 11/10

By Carrie Murray, Friday, Octorber 28, 2016

Apple adds tons of new features to the lock screen for iOS 11/10. No more "Slide to Unlock" and more access to features without unlocking. With plentiful resources available on Lock screen, it is neccessary for us to customize Lock screen on our iPhone/iPad so that it could:

  • Satisfy our personalized needs;

  • Improve the security of our iPhone/iPad with no data accessible to unauthorized users.

Here is how to do that.

1. Change the Wallpaper

Unhappy with Apple's default lockscreen wallpaper on iPhone, then change it.

Go to "Settings" > "Wallpaper" > "Choose a New Wallpaper". Then you can choose a new wallpaper from:

  • Dynamic: Images with bubbles that floating around the screen and changing as your device motions;

  • Stills: Still images offered by Apple;

  • Live (Only available for device supporting 3D Touch, for example iPhone 6s/6s Plus): Live photo offered by Apple. The image will animate when you press the display on the Lock screen;

  • Photos: All the pictures stored in your Photos app, including photos that you have taken and downloaded.

iPhone6 Change Wallpaper


After you have selected the image you like, you can choose to display the image in different ways:

  • Still: Just display the wallpaper;

  • Perspective: Display the wallpaper in the way that image moves slightly as you tilt the screen.

  • Live Photo: Display the image as Live photo that will animate.

iPhone Set Wallpaper


After you have made the choice, tap on "Set". A pop-up window asks whether you like to set the image as wallpaper for Lock screen, Home screen, or both.

2. Disable Raise to Wake

The feature is exclusive iPhone 7/7 Plus/6s/6s Plus/SE running on iOS 10, which allows the screen on your iPhone to awaken once you pick up the phone. It is much easier for users to check on latest notifications without pressing any button.

Raise to Wake feature is defaulted on in available iOS 10 device. If you don't like it when anyone can see the notifications when picking up your phone, you can turn it off on "Settings" > "Display & Brightness" > toggle off "Raise to Wake". Of course, if you like, you can turn the feature back on.

iOS 10 Raise to Wake


3. Customize Control Center

Control Center is the panel that you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen on your iOS device, on which you can quickly access common settings (turn on Airplane mode/Wi-Fi/ Bluetooth, enable Do Not Disturb/Mute/Portrait Orientation Lock/Night Shift, Adjust brightness) and multiple apps (AirPlay Mirroring, AirDrop, Flashlight, Alarms and Timer, Calculator, Camera).

Now with iOS 10, Control Center adds two panels: Now Playing and Home panel. On Home panel, you can make change to HomeKit accessories without unlocking the device. You can select the accessories that appear in the Home panel of Control Center.

iOS 10 Control Center


  • Open the Home app and tap the Home tab;

  • Touch and hold an accessory in the Home tab;

  • Tap "Details" > "Include in Favorites".

  • Turn it on and the accessory will be displayed the Control Center.

iOS 10 Include Accessory in Favorite


If you don't like Control Center appearing on lock screen, you can toggle it off on "Settings" > "Control Center"> "Access on Lock Screen".

4. Set Auto-Lock Time

By default, your iPhone/iPad will be automatically locked after two minutes if there is no motion on the device. If you think it too much of work to unlock the device every two minutes, you can set the Auto-Lock time to 3~5 minutes or Never.

Go to "Settings" > "Display & Brightness" > "Auto Lock", then select the time you prefer.

Note: You can't change Auto-Lock time when the device is in Power Saver Mode.

iOS 10 Set Auto Lock Time


5. Disable Selected Notifications

With iPhone/iPad locked, you can still get notifications whenever someone send you a message or anything new comes up on an app. It is great but for some apps, the notifications may reveal some private information of yours. So you may want to adjust the notifications popping up on your lock screen.

Launch "Settings", choose "Notifications", then select the apps that you would like to disable the notification. Switch "Show on Lock Screen" to Off.

Select Notifications iOS 10


Note: Some apps, for example, might have the option "Show Preview", which you can turn off so that you can still get notification but don't preview.

6. Adjust Touch ID & Passcode Settings

You can further customize the Lock screen by making changes on Touch ID & Passcode settings    , whether to use Touch ID & Passcode, view Notifications, reply messages, access to Siri on Lock screen.

If you come across troubles to unlock iPhone/iPad, click here for help.

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