One of the most underappreciated features on the iPhone are its lockscreen widgets.
Several apps and Apple’s own software allows you to send emails, check photos, and other common tasks without ever unlocking your phone.
In fact, Apple has placed even more emphasis on lockscreen widgets in iOS 10, the lastest software version for iPhones and iPads. If you swipe right on the lockscreen, you’ll find the newly redesigned widgets page.
It’s pretty useful if you need information at a glance — but you’ll need to dial in what’s important to you, first.
Here’s how to supercharge your widgets in iOS 10:
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First things first, you'll need to find your widgets screen. You can access it from the lockscreen by swiping right -- the same direction as slide-to-unlock used to be.
It's easy to edit the order your widgets appear in. Apple puts a handy button at the bottom of the screen. Some apps let you expand the widget too, to get more information.
Apple's own widgets are pretty good, but if you really want a useful widgets screen, you'll want to install some 3rd-party widgets from the App Store. Here's the default Apple screen:
Yelp is great for finding something nearby quickly. Foursquare and Apple Maps' widgets are good alternatives if you don't like to use Yelp.
If you're always trying to figure out what to make for dinner, Kitchen Stories has a redesigned widget that will serve a single receive. New York Times Food also has a good widget that does the same thing. Expand the view to take a sneak peek of that day's featured recipes.
MLB At Bat does the same thing, but just for baseball. The scores also seem to get updated faster and there's a bit more contextual information.
Fantastical mixes a quick look at your day at a glance with an effective month view. Many of the BI Tech staff are big fans.
Looking for twee decorations? Etsy offers a quick look at recent purchases and shipments as well as suggesting new twee decorations you might want to buy.
And of course, if you want to disable the widgets screen entirely, it's possible. Head to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode, scroll down, then uncheck Today View and Notifications View.
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