iOS 16 Lock Screen Widget Lets You Quickly Open Any App

A new iOS 16 app lets users open any app of their choice directly from their Lock Screen without ever needing to navigate their iPhone.

ios 16 lock screen widget launchify
The app called "Launchify" lets users configure one or more ‌iOS 16‌ Lock Screen widgets that directly open any app of their choosing. Users can create a widget to quickly open Messages, Twitter, the Phone app, or Apple or Google Maps, for example.

While ‌iOS 16‌ includes a redesigned Lock Screen with new customization features, Apple does not allow users to replace the flashlight and Camera app shortcuts with custom apps. Users can, however, customize a wide range of visual elements on the Lock Screen, including the font and color of the time, custom wallpapers with a depth effect, and more.

Launchify is available for free on the App Store but features an in-app subscription that enables more advanced features, such as adding more than one app shortcut on the Lock Screen.

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Top Rated Comments

oMc Avatar
3 weeks ago
I have an idea, we could place these four widgets at the bottom of the screen and call it a dock.
Score: 47 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Saturnine Avatar
3 weeks ago
This is a perfect example of a piece of software offering a subscription where it's entirely not necessary. If you want to use this app and are perfectly happy with the functionality it offers today, there should be an option to purchase it outright.

I understand that developers want to be paid for the ongoing development of their software and that makes sense if there are new features to be added in future. But when you're buying a set of features that are already there and you're happy to live with them perpetually, let's see a standard purchase option.
Score: 45 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ridge Racer Avatar
3 weeks ago
Yet another app where the AppStore description fails to mention anywhere what the limits of the 'free' downloaded version are and what you get with the in-app subscription.

Surely it should be an AppStore requirement that developers are up-front about what the app offers, its (free) limitations and what in-app subscriptions actually give you? Having to download an app just to find out this basic information is very annoying.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Wokis Avatar
3 weeks ago
Subscription model for an “advanced version” of this, really?
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kirkmc Avatar
3 weeks ago
No, you can't launch "any" app. I only see a list of apps that use a URL callback scheme. Also, a subscription? Fuggedaboutit.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NJRonbo Avatar
3 weeks ago
I don't do subscription apps. Developers have become too greedy.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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