iOS 17: What’s New in Lock Screen

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With iOS 16, Apple introduced an all-new lock screen look with widgets and customization capabilities. iOS 17 brings even more improvements to the lock screen. Widgets are even more useful, with new modes that turn your iPhone into an information hub when you’re not using it.

Lock screen features in iOS 17
This guide will walk you through all the new lock screen features in iOS 17.

stand by

Standby is a lock screen mode that activates when the “iPhone” is connected to a charger and placed in a horizontal (or landscape) orientation. It works with MagSafe chargers, which is probably the most convenient way to use it, but it also works with Qi-based wireless chargers or Lightning chargers.

Standby iOS 17
If you have an Apple Watch, it’s like Nightstand mode, but it does more than Nightstand mode does.

There are several standby screens to choose from, some of which are customizable, while others require the “iPhone” to be unlocked.

  • dual widget stack – In this standby screen you can swipe the selected widget. You can set up two separate widget stacks with multiple home screen widgets to display two sets of information side by side. You can customize the widgets on each stack and swipe each side individually to change the widgets.
  • photograph – One of the standby screens shows the contents of your photo library, with the current time overlaid in the upper right corner. Tap to view the date and location of the photo. To use it, your iPhone must be unlocked so that no one can see your images without your permission. You can swipe to switch between themes such as Favorites, Nature, Pets, Cities and People. You can hide themes you don’t like, add albums, and more.
  • time – Time standby screen displays time and information such as current weather, date and set time for next alarm. You can choose between digital or analog time and four digital themes including standard digital, world, solar and float. Float displays the time in large bubble digits with customizable colors, Solar displays a sun flare design in a standard font in a variety of colors, and World displays the time with a world map and your location highlighted. The analog theme has customizable accent colors and the digital theme has bold numbers with different color options.

All of these standby screens let you swipe left or right to toggle between three display options, and swipe up or down to select what to display. For example, if you have set different time screens, you can swipe to switch between digital and analog.


When the iPhone is in standby mode, incoming notifications are displayed in full screen. For example, when you receive an iMessage, the person’s name and messagehis icon pops up, letting you know you have a message.

Show Standby iOS 17 Notifications
Content that normally doesn’t show up in notifications won’t show up in standby mode unless you’re nearby and you’ve unlocked your device with Touch ID or Face ID.

Customizing Standby

A long press on any standby screen opens options for customizing the display. For example, you can select the widget you want to display by long-pressing on any widget on the Widgets screen.

Almost every standby display option has customization options, and if necessary, it’s worth swiping and holding to change the settings to suit your needs.

Always standby

The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro‌ Max (and future iPhones) make standby even more convenient with an always-on display. Standby content is always on and active on these devices without the need to interact with the “iPhone”.

On iPhones that don’t have always-on display technology, the display turns off after a short period of time and you have to tap the screen to activate it. Standby is available on all iPhones, but it’s more comfortable with an always-on display.

Lock screen widgets were introduced in iOS 16, but now they’re interactive and even more useful in iOS 17. In iOS 16, tapping a lock screen widget launches a companion app, but certain widgets with tasks that can be completed without the app don’t require that step.

iOS 17 Interactive Widgets
For example, you can tick off tasks directly in the Reminders widget, or use the Home widget to control your smart home devices without opening the Home app. Apple apps have interactivity, and third-party developers have APIs to introduce interactivity.

Interactive widgets are available on your lock screen and “home screen” so you can do more wherever you use them.

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For more information on what’s new in iOS 17, check out our iOS 17 recap.

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