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This hidden iOS 16 lock screen feature is a game-changer for your iPhone

Updated Oct 6th, 2022 8:42AM EDT
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One of the most significant iOS 16 features is the new iPhone Lock Screen design that users more freedom than ever to customize the appearance and functionality of the Lock Screen. You can set any image as your Lock Screen wallpaper, configure as many screens as you want, and connect them with Focus modes. And you can add various iOS 16 widgets to offer you information at a glance.

But you should also be aware of hidden functionality in iOS 16’s Lock Screen setup: The weather wallpaper.

In addition to static images, the iPhone now supports dynamic wallpapers. That means the wallpapers can change and adapt rather than just showing one photo. One of those dynamic wallpapers is actually a widget in itself. It’s a weather-based Lock Screen wallpaper that will change dynamically based on the current weather in your area.

The advantage of having one of your wallpapers set to the dynamic weather option is that it frees up one of the widgets spots on the Lock Screen. The entire image is a wallpaper informing you about your area’s general weather conditions.

Also, it looks awesome!

Sure, it doesn’t offer precise weather data, but that’s just one Weather app away. The point is that the wallpaper will tell you what the weather is like in your area as soon as you pick up your iPhone.

How to set up a dynamic weather Lock Screen wallpaper in iOS 16

Setting up a weather wallpaper in iOS 16 is incredibly easy too, as Apple explains in a support document.

Choosing the Weather Lock Screen wallpaper on iPhone running iOS 16.
Choosing the Weather Lock Screen wallpaper on iPhone running iOS 16. Image source: Chris Smith, BGR

While on the Lock Screen, long-press on the screen (tap and hold) until you see the Customize and Plus Sign buttons. You’ll have to press the Plus Sign to choose your weather wallpaper.

Look for the Weather button in the top list and tap it (see the image above). You can also customize additional Lock Screen widgets at this point. When you’re ready, tap Add in the top-right corner (image below).

You can also choose the Set as Wallpaper Pair option to use the same dynamic weather wallpaper as your Home Screen wallpaper. Or you can select a different image for your Home Screen.

Configuring the iPhone's Lock Screen after choosing the weather wallpaper.
Configuring the iPhone’s Lock Screen after choosing the weather wallpaper. Image source: Chris Smith, BGR

Once that is done, your Lock Screen will display an animation of the weather that will change dynamically to correspond with the conditions in your area. You can also associate it with any Focus mode that might benefit from weather information.

Don’t forget about the iPhone 14 Pro’s always-on display

Also, this iOS 16 Lock Screen feature works great with the always-on display on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

The new flagship iPhones will always show the weather wallpaper, even when the screen is locked. Therefore, you’ll always have an idea of the weather outside. The always-on functionality will consume additional battery, however.

More iPhone coverage: For more iPhone news, visit our iPhone 14 guide.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.