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

Widgets on lock screen give you quick peeks into the status of an app or event you are keen about. From weather to live activities, the new iOS 16 lets you add from a variety of widgets to your lock screen.

But, the widget drawer can only hold so many widgets at once; and you have to remove a currently active widget before you can add a new one. Or may you want to keep the lock screen neat without any widget. 

Whatever the reason, there are indeed ways to get rid of the widgets on your lock screen. In this post, we will show you how to remove any or all widgets from your lock screen.

How to remove widgets from lock screen on iPhone or iPad

There are 3 ways to fix the widget clutter on your lock screen — one method is to manually remove widgets from the lock screen in the Settings. Secondly, you can remove widgets using the lock screen customization option. The third option is to switch to a lock screen that doesn’t have any unnecessary widgets. This way you can switch back and forth according to the demands of the circumstances.

We shall look at the steps now.

Method 1: Using the Settings app

Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Tap Wallpaper from the options.

Tap on the lock screen preview.

Tap inside the widget block under the time element.

Tap on the “-” (minus symbol) on the top left of the widget.

You can remove all the widgets in the block following the same method. 

Tip: If the “-” minus button doesn’t respond to the tap, try tapping as close to the button as possible but a little to its down and right in position.

Tap on the “x” (close) button on the overflow menu.

Tap Done at the top right corner to save the changes.

That’s all it takes to remove any widget from the widget block on your lock screen.

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Method 2: From the lock screen

To begin, unlock your phone with Face ID or passcode but stay on the lock screen (do not open the home screen yet).

Tap and hold anywhere on the lock screen.

Tap Customize at the bottom.

Tap the widgets row to highlight it and get the delete buttons. 

Tap the minus button on the widget to manually delete the widget.

You can remove any widget in the widget block by tapping the “-” (minus) button.

Tap on the “x” close button on the overflow menu.

Tap Done on the top right corner to save the changes.

Method 3: Choose a lock screen without a widget

The final method can be called a hack. Instead of removing widgets on one lock screen, you can simply switch to another lock screen profile. If you are someone with multiple lock screen “profiles” to accommodate your various roles in society, then, it is easier to switch the lock screen according to your circumstances than trying to make one lock screen define everything.

Here’s how you do it.

To begin, unlock your phone with Face ID or passcode but stay do not open the home screen yet, stay on the lock screen.

Tap and hold anywhere on the lock screen.

On the panned-out screen, swipe left or right from the currently selected lock screen to select a different lock screen. 

Swipe to find a lock screen without any widgets or only those widgets you want and tap on the lock screen to set it as your new lock screen.


How to reset the Calendar widget in the Date and Time Widget

Here’s a little tip if you want to remove any widget added to the “calendar” element above the “time” element on the “date and time” widget.

Tap inside the calendar block.

Under Calendar, tap on Date

That’s it, the calendar element will now be restored to the only “day” and “date” information without any other accompanying widgets. 

Make sure to tap Done on the top right corner of the lock screen editor to save the changes.

That’s it, folks! If you have any suggestions or feedback, let us know in the comments! 


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