How To Hide Widgets From The Lock Screen In iOS 10

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  • Jul 18, 2016

Widgets no longer appear in the Notification Center in iOS 10. They’ve moved to a page of their very own. They now appear under Spotlight search when your iPhone is unlocked. When the phone is locked though, widgets appear on a dedicated screen when you swipe right. In iOS 10, the lock screen spans three screens; one for the widgets, one as the default screen that will feature the time, date, and any timer that’s running etc, and the third will open the camera (you no longer swipe up to open it). There is no way to customize this and it means your widgets are going to be accessible from the lock screen. Some might consider this a security risk. A widget can reveal an upcoming event that you plan on attending or how long it takes you to get home from work. If you’re concerned about widgets on the lock screen compromising security but want to continue using them, you can hide them from the lock screen but still keep using them on an unlocked device and with Touch ID on the lock screen. Here’s how.

Open the Settings app and go to Touch ID & Passcode. You will be asked to enter your passcode in order to proceed. Once you’ve done that, scroll down to the ‘Allow Access When Locked’ section and turn the ‘Today’ widget Off.

Lock your device and you will notice that the number of lock screen pages is now just two; one is the default and the second is the camera.

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You can still access the widgets from the lock screen with the Today panel disabled if you’ve enabled Touch ID on your device. As of iOS 10, simply pressing your thumb on the Home button will no longer take you to your Home screen. It will unlock the device but keep you on the lock screen until you press the Home button. No doubt this was done to prevent accidental unlocking of the phone.

To access the widgets on the lock screen, press your thumb, or whichever finger you’ve added to Touch ID, on the Home button and swipe right. The widgets screen will appear like normal. You can view the widgets but make sure you lock the device i.e. press the sleep/wake button immediately after. Doing so will hide the widgets once again and only Touch ID will be able to show them again.