While fiddling with your iPhone’s appearance and customisation, you may have come across different wallpaper settings for the home screen and the lock screen. You can choose to set different wallpapers for the two screens or just settle with one wallpaper to maintain uniformity. But what exactly do the two screens mean? And what is the difference between them? Let’s take a closer look.
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iPhone Home Screen vs Lock Screen: Key Differences
Your iPhone’s home screen is like the front page of your device. This is where you’ll find all your installed apps and the system widgets. The home screen has different pages that can be accessed using right and left swipes. You can choose to rearrange the apps and even group them together in a folder. You can add new pages to the home screen and dedicate them to a set of apps. Unlike Android, iOS does not have an ‘app drawer’. Instead, it has an App Library, which is always the last page of the home screen. This is where you’ll find all the installed apps on your iPhone. Once you remove an app from the home screen, it can still be accessed from the App Library.
The lock screen is what you’re greeted with when you wake up your iPhone. As the name suggests, the lock screen keeps the contents of your iPhone locked until it is provided with the password, Face ID, or the appropriate fingerprint. While its functionality can be pretty limited, there is a lot of stuff you can do on the lock screen. You can check your phone’s notifications, check the time, play the next song, and play around with other widgets on the lock screen. You can even use your iPhone’s camera directly from the lock screen without unlocking the device. You will be able to take pictures and check out the previews, but the camera app will prevent you from viewing the entire media library until your iPhone has been unlocked.
When you’re customising your iPhone, you can add different wallpapers and widgets to both screens in order to make your device more unique. While settings single wallpaper for the two screens is easy, it can get pretty boring really quickly. Read this article to find out how you can set a different wallpaper for the home screen and lock screen on iOS 16. While customising the lock screen, you should remember to add the widgets that cut down your reliance on the home screen. For example, you don’t always need to unlock your phone to check the weather, battery status, and time. Add these widgets to the lock screen to make things smoother.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the difference between the home screen and the lock screen on iPhone?
The home screen is the main page of your iPhone while the lock screen is the page you are greeted with when you wake up the phone. In order to access the home screen you have to enter the device password on the lock screen.
Can I set different wallpapers for the lock screen and home screen on iPhone?
Yes, your iPhone allows you to set different passwords for the home screen and lock screen. Go to Settings>Wallpaper to browse and set wallpapers.
Where is the app drawer on an iPhone?
iPhone’s app drawer is called the App Library. It is the last page of the home screen.
With every version of iOS, Apple keeps making improvements to the lock screen and home screen. iOS 16 lets you create wallpapers out of any emoji you like. The text font on the lock screen can be changed to match the overall aesthetic. You can set your iPhone to change the wallpaper automatically, read this article to find out how.
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