How to Customize Lock Screen Font on iPhone or iPad on iOS 16

To an extent, your iPhone lock screen reflects your personality, especially your sense of aesthetic expression. Catering to the general interest, Apple has introduced a unique set of customization tools to make your lock screen truly stand out from the generic model.

With the new iOS 16 update, Apple pioneers a special focus on styling your lock screen in a manner characteristic to the user with the option to even change the font and color of the lock screen widgets.

The process involved is as easy as it can get, let’s take a look.

Note: The following feature is available only on iPhones running on iOS 16.

Step 1: Go to Lock Screen font editor

To start with, unlock your iPhone but stay at the lock screen (do not go to the home screen). Now, press and hold anywhere on the lock screen.

Tap Customize at the bottom. (If this is your first time, then you will be asked to set a lock screen first. Do that and then proceed to the next step.)

Tap on the date and time widget at the top.

Related: How to Remove Widgets From Lock Screen on iPhone on iOS 16

Step 2: Change typeface

Click on any available font under “Font & Color” to select it.

Tap Done at the top to apply and save the changes you made.


In case you don’t want to save the changes, then you can select the Cancel option to discard the changes.

It is to be noted that the new “font” gets applied only to the “time” element of the time and date widget and nothing else.

Step 3: Change color

Firstly, unlock your iPhone but stay at the lock screen (do not go to the home screen). Now, press and hold anywhere on the lock screen.

Tap Customize at the bottom. (If this is your first time, then you will be asked to set a lock screen first. Do that and then proceed to the next step.)

Tap on the date and time widget at the top.

Under “Font & Color”, tap any color to select and apply it to the font in selection.

Drag the slider at the bottom to the right or left to increase or decrease the saturation.

Tap Done at the top to apply and save the changes you made.


In case you don’t want to save the changes, then you can select the Cancel option to discard the changes.

The color change will be applied to all the lock screen widget elements.

What happens when you change font and color?

You might have already noticed this on the editing page but allow us to reiterate — when you change the typeface, the effect only reflects on the “time” element of the time and date widget while the “date” element above and the texts of any lock screen widgets remain unchanged.

On the contrary. when you change the color, the change applies to all the texts and elements on any lock screen widgets.

That’s all there is to changing lock screen font and color on iOS 16. Lock screen customization right on the lock screen with so much attention to detail is an exciting feature to explore. When you can shake things up a bit, why stick to the boring standards, right?

If you have any feedback or suggestions, feel free to drop them in the comments.

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