What is a lock screen widget?
In iOS 16, Apple introduced some new ways to customize your lock screen. You can now have multiple lock screens that are activated during certain focus modes, and lock screens now have the ability to have a bar of “widgets”. These are bite sized shortcut or informational (or both) icons that live just below the clock.
What Does the Photon Widget do?
The Photon lock screen widget is a quick shortcut that you can use to get to Photon. Please note that you will have to unlock your device, but if you have Face ID set up, you may not even notice a delay.
How Do I Add the Widget to My Home Screen?
It’s really easy to add a Lock screen widget to your device. Please note that if you’ve upgraded from iOS 15, and haven’t yet created a new lock screen, you may need to do that first.
- Lock your device, then press the power button, or raise, to bring up the lock screen.
- Long press on your lock screen background to bring up the customization screen. If you need to make a new lock screen, now’s the time to do it!
- Tap “Customize” at the bottom, and choose the lock screen.
- You should see a rounded rectangular bar under the clock, even if there’s nothing in it. Tap on it to bring up the widget management.
- From here, you can add or remove widgets. Some will be visually available at the top, or you can scroll down in the “Add Widgets” menu, and find Photon.
- Select Photon, then tap it or drag it to the bar. From there, you can drag it to your desired position relative to other widgets as you’d like. If you’d ever like to remove a widget, select the minus button on it’s corner, just as you would an app.
- Tap on the “X” in the top right corner twice to exit widget management.
- Tap “Done” in the top right to exit the lock screen editor, then tap on your newly customized lock screen to activate it.
- For further assistance editing your lock screen widgets, please see this support article.