Apple has introduced several improvements to Focus modes in iOS 16, and one of them is the ability to link a custom Lock Screen to a particular Focus mode. With the wealth of personalization options that can now be applied to Lock Screens, this means you can customize them specifically to better reflect your focus.

ios 16 focus lock screens
One of the great things about ‌iOS 16‌ is that it allows you to make Lock Screens more informative or functional, and then switch to your preferred one when you need to. For example, when you're at the office you might have a Lock Screen featuring work-focused widgets and a family photo. Or in the evening when you're winding down before bed, you might prefer a minimal Lock Screen with fewer widgets and a soothing sunset wallpaper.

The great thing is that by linking a Lock Screen to a Focus mode, you can make the switch to your custom Lock Screen happen automatically. As the image above shows, you can link Lock Screens to existing Focus modes by tapping the Focus button that appears in the Lock Screen gallery, which is accessed from your iPhone's currently active Lock Screen with a long press.

You can also select a Lock Screen in the course of creating a new Focus mode in Settings. Here's how it works in ‌iOS 16‌, which is currently in beta and set to be released in the fall.

Setting a Lock Screen for Your Focus Mode

In this example, we've already customized a Lock Screen that we want to become active when the work day is done, and now we're going to create a Focus mode to link it to by following the steps below.

  1. On ‌iPhone‌, go to Settings -> Focus, and tap the + icon in the top-right corner of the screen to create a new Focus.
  2. Tap Custom in the next screen, proceed to give your Focus a name and related icon, then tap Next.
    1link lock screen focus mode ios

  3. Set any notification silence options for people and apps when your Focus is active, then under "Customize Screens," choose the Lock Screen option.
  4. Create a New Lock Screen from the gallery, or Choose From Existing Lock Screens.
  5. Tap Done in the top-right corner.
    focus

With your Lock Screen now linked to your Focus Mode, it will be activated automatically whenever you enable your Focus.

Related Stories

ios 16 focus lock screens

iOS 16: How to Automatically Switch to a Lock Screen at a Set Time

Thursday July 14, 2022 12:10 pm PDT by
Apple has introduced several improvements to Focus modes in iOS 16, and one of them is the ability to link a custom Lock Screen to a particular Focus mode. With the wealth of personalization options that can now be applied to Lock Screens, this means you can customize them specifically to better reflect your focus. One of the great things about iOS 16 is that it allows you to make Lock...
ios 16 focus lock screens

iOS 16: How to Automatically Switch Lock Screens at a Set Location

Thursday July 14, 2022 12:43 pm PDT by
Apple has introduced several improvements to Focus modes in iOS 16, and one of them is the ability to link a custom Lock Screen to a particular Focus mode. With the wealth of personalization options that can now be applied to Lock Screens, this means you can customize them specifically to better reflect your Focus. One of the great things about iOS 16 is that it allows you to make Lock...
ios 16 focus lock screens

iOS 16: How to Make Your iPhone Switch Lock Screens Based on Time or Location

Friday June 10, 2022 1:59 am PDT by
Apple has introduced several improvements to Focus modes in iOS 16, and one of them is the ability to link a custom Lock Screen to a particular Focus mode. With the wealth of personalization options that can now be applied to Lock Screens, this means you can customize them specifically to better reflect your focus. One of the great things about iOS 16 is that it allows you to make Lock...
image

iOS 16: How to Customize the Lock Screen

Tuesday June 7, 2022 12:39 pm PDT by
With iOS 16, Apple introduced a complete overhaul of the iOS Lock Screen, making it more customizable than ever and able to display information-rich widgets. This article shows you how to personalize your iPhone's Lock Screen in iOS 16, which is currently still in beta. In iOS 16, you can customize the Lock Screen with unique fonts, colors, and, for the first time, widgets. To get started,...
ios 16 lockscreens

iOS 16: How to Set a Photo As Your Lock Screen Wallpaper

Thursday June 16, 2022 4:25 pm PDT by
In iOS 16, currently in beta, Apple has added multiple options to customize the iPhone Lock Screen, including the ability to change the font and color, apply filters, and even add information-rich widgets. As a result of these feature additions, the interface for editing the Lock Screen has changed in iOS 16. This article shows you how to navigate the process of setting a photo as your Lock ...
devangali lock screen clock

iOS 16: How to Change the Lock Screen Clock to Devanagari

Wednesday June 29, 2022 1:38 pm PDT by
In iOS 16, currently in beta, Apple has introduced a variety of customization options for the iPhone Lock Screen, including the ability to add widgets and style the look of the digital clock. Among the new changes you can make to the digital clock readout on the Lock Screen, Apple now allows you to switch the time display from Arabic numerals to Devanagari symbols, used in the Indian...
iphone lock screen font

iOS 16: How to Change the Lock Screen Clock to Arabic Numerals

Wednesday June 29, 2022 1:38 pm PDT by
In iOS 16, currently in beta, Apple has introduced a variety of customization options for the iPhone Lock Screen, including the ability to add widgets and style the look of the digital clock. Among the new changes you can make to the digital clock readout on the Lock Screen, Apple now allows you to switch the time display to show Arabic numerals, Arabic-Indic, or Devanagari symbols. The...
image

iOS 16: How to Create a New iPhone Lock Screen

Tuesday June 7, 2022 2:08 pm PDT by
In iOS 16, currently in beta, Apple has added multiple options to customize the iPhone Lock Screen, including the ability to change the font and color, apply filters, and even add information-rich widgets to your wallpaper. Apple has created a variety of customizable Lock Screen wallpaper types that you can choose from, including shuffling photos, Emoji backgrounds, Apple Collections, and...

Popular Stories

iPhone 14 Pro Purple Rear Flat MacRumors Exclusive

iPhone 14 Pro Predicted to Start With Increased 256GB Storage Alongside Rumored Price Increase

Wednesday August 10, 2022 11:14 am PDT by
Earlier today, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed iPhone 14 Pro models will be more expensive than iPhone 13 Pro models. Kuo did not reveal exact pricing, but he said that the average selling price of all four iPhone 14 models will increase by about 15% overall. While higher prices would be disappointing for customers, it is possible the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will offer increased...
iPhone 14 Pro Lineup Feature Silver

Kuo: Apple to Increase Prices of iPhone 14 Pro Models

Wednesday August 10, 2022 8:22 am PDT by
Apple plans to increase the prices of iPhone 14 Pro models compared to iPhone 13 Pro models, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo did not reveal exact pricing for the iPhone 14 Pro models. However, in a tweet today, he estimated that the average selling price of the iPhone 14 lineup as a whole will increase by about 15% compared to the iPhone 13 lineup. In the United States, the iPhone...
iPhone 14 Pro Purple Front and Back MacRumors Exclusive feature

iPhone 14 Is Just a Few Weeks Away: Three Tips to Prepare for the New iPhone

Wednesday August 10, 2022 4:08 am PDT by
The launch of the new iPhone 14 is just a few weeks away, meaning millions of iPhone customers will soon upgrade their existing iPhone or perhaps get an iPhone for the first time. Exclusive MacRumors iPhone 14 Pro renders by graphic designer Ian Zelbo Whether upgrading from an older model or this is your first iPhone, we've rounded up a few tips to help you prepare for the next flagship...
battery percentage ios 16

Here's Why the iPhone Battery Status Icon in iOS 16 Is So Controversial

Wednesday August 10, 2022 4:34 am PDT by
In the latest iOS 16 beta, Apple has updated the status bar battery icon on iPhones with Face ID to display the exact percentage remaining rather than just a visual representation of battery level, and while the change has been largely welcomed, some users are unhappy with the way it has been implemented. In iOS 15 and earlier, battery percent has not been present on iPhones that have...
Apple Watch Body Temperature Finished

'High-Accuracy' Apple Watch Temperature Sensor Revealed by Patent Filing Just Weeks Before Series 8 Unveiling

Wednesday August 10, 2022 5:39 am PDT by
Apple has been granted a patent for a temperature sensor suitable for the Apple Watch, just weeks before the company is expected to unveil the Apple Watch Series 8 with body temperature sensing capabilities. The newly granted patent, spotted by MyHealthyApple, was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is titled "Temperature gradient sensing in electronic devices."...