What you need to know

What you need to know

With the iOS 16 update, you can now add lock screen widgets to your iPhone. It didn’t take long for Google to bring its own set of tools for its various applications. Here’s how to add Google widgets to your iPhone’s lock screen. Lock screen widgets for your information are available for these Google apps: Chrome, Maps, Gmail, Google News, YouTube and YouTube Music.

Lock screen widgets in iOS 16 and later can help you access and use apps on the lock screen without unlocking your device. This can help you perform tasks directly from your lock screen which can come in handy in many scenarios.

Whether you’re driving or busy with work, the ability to search and play music from the lock screen is a great addition if you’re a YouTube Music user. Google has updated all its apps to support lock screen widgets on iOS 16 and if you are a Google Apps user, you might be excited to try out these new widgets.

Here’s how to add and use the new Google widgets to your lock screen on your iPhone running iOS 16 or higher.

How to add and use Google widgets on iPhone lock screen

Google has released lock screen tools for most of its apps including YouTube, YouTube Music, Search, Gmail, and more. Here’s how to add each widget to the lock screen and learn how to use it on your iPhone.

Google widgets can be added to the iPhone lock screen just like other widgets on the iPhone. You can customize your lock screen and use the dedicated Add Widgets section to add Google widgets to your lock screen. Use our guide to How to add widgets to iPhone lock screen to help with this.

Related: iOS 16: Easily add widgets to your iPhone’s lock screen

You can learn more about Google Tools on an app-by-app basis using the section below.

Google Lock Screen Widgets List

Here is a complete list of Google apps on iPhones that support lock screen widgets. Let’s get started.

Google Drive: The Lock Screen tool in Google Drive allows you to access your files and folders directly from the lock screen. Google will intelligently show you recommendations so you can continue working on your Google Drive files with a single click.

Google search: The Google Search app offers a few tools. You can choose to use a search tool that can help you search the web or choose a voice search tool to perform web searches using your voice. The Google search app also provides a lock screen translation tool which can help you to use Google Translate in one click from the lock screen.

Google Chrome: Google Chrome offers four different user interface elements: a typed search tool, a voice search tool, an incognito tool, and a dino game tool. Each tool can help you perform quick actions right from your lock screen with a single click. A normal search tool can help you perform typed searches while a voice search tool can help you perform web searches using your voice. You can use the incognito tool for instant browsing anonymously while the Dino game tool can help you pass the time when you are bored.

Related: How to Manage Gadgets on iPhone on iOS 16

Google Maps: Google Maps tools allow you to perform in-app searches directly from the lock screen. You can search for nearby hotels, restaurants, businesses and more right from your lock screen with a single click.

Gmail: Gmail tools can help you keep track of incoming and unread emails. You can use the rectangular tool for more detailed information about the unread messages in each inbox or choose to use the circular tool that displays the number of new emails in your inbox.

Google News: The Google News tool can help you stay up-to-date with the latest headlines based on your chosen interests in the app. The tool will be updated in real time based on the breaking news in your area.

Related: How to add a custom lock screen widget on iOS 16

YouTube and YouTube Music: New YouTube tools can help you search YouTube right from the lock screen. You can also view your shorts, homepage or subscriptions directly from your lock screen with a single click when using the YouTube and YouTube Music lock screen tool.

We hope that these new tools will help you get the most out of Google apps on your iPhone. If you run into any issues or have any other questions, feel free to reach out using the comments below.


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