How to Add Apple Home Widgets to Your Lock Screen in iOS 16

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Apple Home app widgets can now be on your lock screen in iOS16. | Samar Haddad / The edge

With the launch of iOS 16 this week, Apple also released an all-new Home app for its HomeKit smart home platform. And now you can put a shortcut to that Home app right on your lock screen, thanks to the new lock screen widgets feature.

These Home widgets also provide at-a-glance information about the status of your home, including the number of lights on, the temperature or humidity inside, and whether your alarm system is armed or if your door is locked.

You can add up to four Home widgets to your lock screen; they will appear in the bottom shelf under the clock. There are two sizes of widgets: double and single, and they’re not interactive: you can’t lock your door or turn off your lights directly from them. Instead, tapping a Home widget takes you to the Home app or directly to the displayed accessory.

iPhone lock screen screenshot
Apple Home app widgets can now be on your lock screen.

How to Add an Apple Home App Widget to Your Lock Screen

  • Long press on the lock screen.
  • Faucet Personalize.
  • Press the lower shelf under the clock.
  • A Add Widgets box appears.
  • Scroll down and tap the House app icon.
  • Scroll left to see available widgets.
  • Tap the widget you want to add.
  • It will appear on the screen under the clock.
  • Tap and drag to reposition it if desired.
  • Tap the minus arrow if you want to delete it.
  • Faucet Do in the upper right corner.

How to customize your Apple Home widgets

Home app widgets
Home app widget options include a summary of your Home accessories or climate sensors. These are double widgets.

There are six home app widget options to choose from: four dual widgets that you can’t customize, and two single widgets that you can. You can add up to four single widgets, two double widgets, or one double widget and two single widgets. You can add multiple unique widgets to display different devices.

Unique home app widgets

You can choose to display two unique widgets that display the specific status of a climate sensor and a security sensor. Each can be customized to display a specific sensor or door lock/security system.

How to customize the Climate Sensor widget

  • Add the Climate Sensor to your widget shelf.
  • Tap the widget.
  • A dialog box will appear to choose one of the following options: Temperature, Air Quality, Humidity, Smoke Sensor or Carbon Monoxide Sensor.
  • Select the one you want to display.

How to customize the Security Accessory widget

  • Add the Security accessory to your widget shelf.
  • Tap the widget.
  • A dialog box will appear with all available door locks (including garage doors) and alarm systems.
  • Select the one you want to display.
An iOS menu on an iPhone screen.
You can choose from multiple devices to customize the Security Accessory and Climate Sensor widgets.

Double Home App Widgets

As mentioned earlier, you can choose to display up to two dual widgets. They understand:

Summary: A summary of your smart home, including the temperature recorded by a thermostat or sensor, the number of lights on, and the status of a door or security system.

Climate: A summary of sensors that measure climate, showing a range of temperature, indoor air quality and humidity.

Security: A summary of your home’s security accessories, including doors, alarm system, and any sensors that are unresponsive (meaning they are disconnected from your home).

Lights: Shows how many lights are on in your home and how many are unresponsive.

At launch, the Apple Home app’s lock screen widgets don’t do as much as the Control Center Home tiles, which let you control the device with just a touch. But they are easier to access. They also feel like a good step towards faster control of your home devices; I just wish I could add more.

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