How to Change the Clock on iPhone Lock Screen (The Ultimate Guide)

how to change the clock on the iPhone lock screen
How to change the clock on the iPhone lock screen

If you are an Apple fan, then you probably know that every year Apple tries to capture its user’s attention by providing new features along with its new update, and well with this year’s iOS 16 update, users will now be able to change the clock style, color, and font on their iPhone lock screen. Not only this, but they will also be able to customize the whole look of the clock along with the lock screen. If sources are to be believed, then every iPhone user who owns an iPhone 8 and above, can expect to get this new update on their existing device. Although for now, this feature is only available to beta users. So, if you are a part of the beta project and want to know how to change the clock on the iPhone lock screen, then just follow this guide with the utmost attention. 

How to change the clock on the iPhone lock screen?

The clock on the iPhone lock screen can be changed using the mentioned methods.

  • By long pressing the lock screen.


  • By accessing the settings menu.

By long pressing the lock screen:

The first easy-peasy method that can help you change and customize the clock on the iPhone lock screen is by long pressing the lock screen.

So, if you want to give this method a try, then follow this simple step-by-step process given below.

  • Firstly, unlock your iPhone with FaceID or TouchID.
iPhone Screen unlock
Unlock iPhone Screen
  • After that, press and hold the lock screen of your iPhone.
iPhone with customization option
Press and hold the Lock Screen
  • Now, swipe left or right accordingly to select the lock screen wallpaper of your choice, and then press “Customize” that is visible at the bottom of the screen.
Customize button for more options
Press Customize Button
  • But, if you have never added a new wallpaper for the lock screen, then tap on “Customize > Add new”, or just press the “+” button.
Add New wallpaper to change the style or cancel
Plus icon for Customization
Press Plus icon to change Lock screen clock style
Wallpaper options
Pick Wallpaper for further customization
  • Now, press and hold the digital clock bar.
Style color and font of digital timer
Press Time to change Style color and font
  • This will open a menu with a whole lot of customization options like color, numerical style, and font.
Style color and font of iphone lock screen clock
Pick Style Color and Font
  • Choose your color and font.
  • You can also use the slider to adjust the hue of the selected color. Plus, you can also tap on the globe icon to change the numerical style of the clock.
  • Once done, then tap on the background to exit the customization page.
  • Then, tap on “Done.”
Done to save
Tap Done to change the iPhone Lock Screen Clock Settings
  • Finally, tap on the lock screen from the lock screen gallery to activate it.
  • Now, lock your iPhone screen and then turn it on again to test out the visible changes.

By accessing the settings menu:

The second method that you can use to change the clock on the iPhone lock screen is by accessing the settings menu.

So, if you want to try this method out, just follow these simple steps:

  • Go to the “Settings” menu.
  • Then scroll down and tap on “Wallpaper.”
  • Now, tap on “Add New Wallpaper.”
  • Choose any wallpaper of your choice.
  • After that, tap on the clock bar.
  • Next, choose the desired customization, like font, color, or even numerical style (one with the globe icon).
  • You can also change the hue by sliding the slider left or right.
  • Tap on the background after you are done to exit the customization page.
  • Then, tap on “Done.”
  • Lastly, tap on the screen lock to confirm the selection and to activate it.

Experience the new customization by locking and unlocking the iPhone screen.

What are other customization options available on the iPhone lock screen?

The new iOS 16 update will also bring other customization options that will make your screen much more sophisticated.

For instance, you can add your own picture on the lock screen, shuffle a set of photos every time you lock/unlock the screen, add emojis, add a weather widget, add daily astronomy updates, or a solid color.

Not just that, if you chose any featured picture from the wallpaper gallery, then you can customize it even further by adding widgets like a calendar, clock, fitness tracker, reminders, battery percentage, and much more.

How to change the clock format on your iPhone?

There are 2 clock formats that are universally accepted;

1. The 12-hour format.

2. The 24-hour format.

Now, if you are someone who wants to change the time format on your iPhone lock screen, then just follow this step-by-step process:

  • Open the “Settings” menu.
  • Then, tap on “General.”
  • Now, on “Date & Time.”
  • Next, you will be able to see a toggle for “24 hours” time format.
  • So, if you want to turn on this 24-hour format, then toggle the switch to “on.” But, if you want to change the format to 12 hours, then toggle the switch to “off.”
  • Lastly, exit the screen to see the changes.

How to change the automatic time zone to manual?

If you are hopping places now and then, then you must have faced a constant need to change the time according to that particular time zone. 

But what if you want to skip this manual process?

Well, I have a solution.

  • Open “Settings.
  • Then, open “General.
  • After that, open “Date and Time.
  • You will see the option “Set Automatically.
  • Now, switch the toggle to “on” and done.

How to link a lock screen to focus mode?

Are you losing your focus while working?

Do you want to stop the habit of constantly checking your phone?

Well, now you can by switching to the “Focus Mode” on iOS 16 (beta version), and to do that just follow this short tutorial.

  • Unlock your iPhone or iPad via TouchID, FaceID, or passcode, and yes do not navigate to the home screen yet.
  • Press and hold your Lock Screen.
  • Now, swipe left or right to navigate to your desired lock screen.
  • Then, tap on the “Link focus” option.
  • Next, a screen will pop up with various focus options like; Do Not Disturb, Personal, Work, and Sleep.
  • Lastly, choose the Focus mode that you want to apply to a particular lock screen.

Note: For now, you are only allowed to apply one focus mode to a single lock screen, although, you can link multiple lock screens to a single focus mode.

Can you customize the lock screen notification?

Yes, you can easily customize the lock screen notifications, and decide whether to show or restrict new incoming notifications pop-ups.

Below are the steps that will help you to customize the lock screen notifications.

  • Open the “Settings” app from the app drawer.
  • Now, tap “Notifications.
  • Next, tap on the app whose notifications you want to restrict from the lock screen.
  • Then, tap on the “Lock Screen” icon.
  • The blue check badge will disappear that was visible below the “Lock Screen icon.”
  • Now, tap on “Notification Grouping.”
  • You will get three options; Automatic, By App, and Off.
  • Lastly, select the option that suits your need. For example, if you do not want to see messages on your lock screen, then just tap on “Off.

Final Remarks on “How to change the clock on the iPhone lock screen?”

Now that you have scanned the entire article, it must have become much simpler for you to follow through with the entire process. 

So, what are you waiting for? 

Just test out this new feature on your iOS 16 (beta version), and give customization a whole new meaning.