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How to view live activities on iPhone lock screen with iOS 16.1

Your iPhone’s lock screen can now reveal information directly from supported apps.

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In the past, your iPhone’s lock screen didn’t provide much useful information other than the date, time, and notifications. With iOS 16.1, you can now enhance the lock screen to provide details from specific apps and services through a feature called Live Activities. With this feature enabled, the lock screen will display live updates from supported apps to highlight your current activity or recent information.

How to view live activities on your iPhone

First, update your iPhone to iOS 16.1 if you haven’t already. Go to Settings then General and select Software Update. You will be told that iOS is up to date or prompted to download and install the latest update.

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To enable Live Activities on your phone, go to Settings, then Face ID & Passcode. Enter your passcode for authentication. Swipe the screen down and turn on the Live Activities switch if it’s not already on (Figure A)

Figure A

In Settings, under Face ID & Passcode, turn on Live Activities.
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After that, only some apps currently support live activities, although the list is growing. Some of the apps you can try include:

To make sure Live Activities is enabled for a supported app you have installed, go to Settings and tap on the name of the app. Turn on the Live Activities switch if it is not already on (Figure B).

Figure B

Turn on the key
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Let’s look at some of the supported apps to see how they work with Live Activities.

Focus: time management

With this app, you can schedule specific tasks and breaks throughout your work day. Open the app and schedule your next task. On your iPhone’s lock screen, the timer displays a countdown to the task, allowing you to pause, keep, or stop it. When the countdown is over, a notification appears on the lock screen (Figure C).

Figure C

When the countdown is over, a notification appears on the lock screen.
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With this application, you can record external audio through your phone. Open the app and press the red button to start recording. On the lock screen, the recording screen appears where you can pause or stop this recording (figure d).

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The recording screen appears where you can pause or stop this recording.
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MD Clock – clock widget

This app shows different clock and timer widgets that you can add to your screen. After enabling live activities in the app, the lock screen will display the current time in hours, minutes, and seconds (Figure E).

Figure E

The lock screen will display the current time in hours, minutes, and seconds.
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Situation

This app analyzes your posture while you are sitting and alerts you to any bad habits. Insert a pair of AirPods into your ears and press the start tracking button. With your iPhone’s lock screen on display, PosturePal will display a pause while it checks your situation and tells you if it detects the bad situation (shape and).

shape and

A situation friend will tell you if they discover a bad situation.
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Organizer – Daily Planner

With this app, you can better organize your day by setting times for specific tasks. Open the app and create one or more tasks. On the lock screen, a notification appears when it is time to process the scheduled task (shape g).

shape g

In Daily Planner, a notification appears when it's time to process your scheduled task.
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wake up from! health work timing

This app helps you to take breaks and perform other healthy activities throughout your regular work day. Set up an activity and timer in the app. When it’s time for this activity, a notification appears on the lock screen (shape h).

shape h

When it's time for this activity, a notification appears on your lock screen.
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