iOS 16 Lock Screen: How to Show Full Clock in Front or Let Subject Come in Front

With iOS 16, Apple hopes to revolutionize the fundamental appeal and utility of your iPhone lock screen. And the devs evidently tried to not overlook what you call “details”. Bringing the depth effect under the lock screen customization option is an instance of the intention to bring a 3-D feel to the 2-D display. 

In short, iOS 16 gives you the option to manipulate the image and widget layers of your lock screen display using the depth effect to make the clock or the subject pop on the lock screen. In this post, we will show you how it works and how to adjust the depth effect to make it work.

What is Depth Effect for Lock Screen on iOS 16?

Depth-of-field is a powerful camera effect that lets the subject dominate in an image in sharp contrast against a blurred background. iOS 16 incorporates the depth effect with a twist to make the dominant subject in your wallpaper the foremost layer of the lock screen display.

While the subject is brought to the front, the system intelligently pushes back the clock element behind the subject. However, this could end up obscuring the full view of the clock on your lock screen. But, you can reverse the effect and bring the clock to the forefront to fix this. 

It is worth noting that a subject in the top layer will get pushed to the background layer if you add widgets to the lock screen even if the depth effect is in an enabled state. Under such circumstances, the subject can only be kept in the background while the clock and widgets appear as the top layer.

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How to keep full clock in front (move subject behind the clock)

There are 2 ways to control the depth effect on your lock screen — one is under the lock screen settings in the device settings and the other is using the customization option on the lock screen. We will show you the ropes now.

Method 1: 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 on the ellipsis button on the bottom right corner.

Select Disable Depth Effect on the overflow menu.

That’s it, the clock with be brought to the topmost layer while the subject gets pushed to the background. Here is how it shows on the lock screen under consideration. The subject which was above the clock element is now in the background.

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Method 2: Using the Settings app

Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Tap Wallpaper from the options.

Tap on the lock screen preview.

Tap on the ellipsis button in the bottom right corner.

Select Disable Depth Effect on the overflow menu.

That’s it, the clock with be brought to the topmost layer while the subject gets pushed to the background. Here is how it shows on the lock screen under consideration. The subject which was above the clock element is now in the background.

How to let subject come in front of the clock (partially)

Well, use any of the guides above to reach the editor screen for your lock screen.

Now, if you wish to bring the subject to the forefront again, tap on the ellipsis button on the bottom right and select Enable depth effect on the overflow menu.

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

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When does the depth effect not work?

It is worth noting that the lock screen is enabled by default on iOS 16. So, if your wallpaper doesn’t show the depth effect (where the subject is the in the background while the clock is at the forefront), then it could be because:

  • There is no distinguishable subject in your wallpaper image
  • You have added widgets below the clock on your lock screen

Check to see whether the malfunctioning is caused by any of the aforementioned incompatibilities.

And, that’s all there’s to disabling or enabling the depth effect option to bring the clock or the subject to the top layer of your lock screen.

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