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All six of Google’s iOS 16 Lock Screen widgets are now available

Updated 2 months ago
Published Oct 13th, 2022 10:15PM EDT
Google's iOS 16 Lock Screen widgets.
Image: Google

The staggered rollout of Google’s iOS 16 Lock Screen widgets is finally complete. Last week, we pointed out that four of the six Lock Screen widgets Google announced on iOS 16 launch day were available, but now all six are out. The last two are Google Maps and Google Search — arguably the two sets of widgets that iPhone users wanted most.

Here is what the iOS 16 Lock Screen widgets for the remaining Google apps can do:

Google Maps

Google Maps Lock Screen widgets on iOS 16.
Google Maps Lock Screen widgets on iOS 16. Image source: Google

The first of the two options for Google Maps is the rectangular Frequent Trips widget. This widget will give you directions, real-time traffic updates, and an estimated time of arrival to places you frequently visit. There’s also a square Search widget you can use to find nearby restaurants, gas stations, bars, parks, hotels, parking, and more.

Google Search

Google Search Lock Screen widgets on iOS 16.
Google Search Lock Screen widgets on iOS 16. Image source: Google

The Google app offers four widgets in total. The first widget comes as a square or rectangle and lets you make a Google search directly from the Lock Screen. There’s also a Voice Search widget to ask a question, hum a song to identify it, or search for something with your voice. The last two are a Lens widget for searching with your camera and Lens Shortcuts that let you jump straight to Translate, Shopping, and Solve Homework.

As of this Thursday, Google Chrome, Google Drive, Gmail, Google News, Google Maps, and the Google app all feature Lock Screen widgets on iPhones with iOS 16. It’s unclear when or if Google will add more widgets to its other apps in the future. Google Home is one obvious candidate, giving users the ability to control other devices from the Lock Screen.


More coverage: 5 iOS 16 widgets you need on your Lock Screen

Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.