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iPhone adds genius new trick you can use for FREE – and it’s so easy to turn on

IF YOU’VE got the latest iPhone update, there’s a clever trick you can do.

The new iOS 16 lets you totally customise your Lock Screen – but it gets even better.


You can make your iPhone Lock Screen come alive with a clever Photo Shuffle featureCredit: The Sun / Apple

There’s a new trick called Photo Shuffle that will show you a new image every time you wake up your iPhone.

You can choose the images yourself, so you’re not left totally surprised by a photo of a takeaway or a receipt popping up.

It’s a clever way to personalise your Lock Screen and keep it feeling really fresh.

First, make sure you’ve got iOS 16 by going into Settings > General > Software update.

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How to use Photo Shuffle on iOS 16

Go to your Lock Screen and then touch and hold it.

Now wait for Customise to appear, and then tap the + at the bottom of the screen.

Next choose the option that says Photo Shuffle.

You’ll be presented with a load of options.

For instance, you can choose specific faces to show from the People category.

Or you can select Pets, Nature, or Cities – or even a combination.

And at the bottom, there’s another option to simply choose the photos manually.

You can also change the Shuffle Frequency, which determines how quickly the photos change.

The options include:

  • On Tap
  • On Lock
  • Hourly
  • Daily

Once you’ve selected your choices, activate the feature and it’ll be live.

You can swap to your old background at any time by tapping and holding on the Lock Screen and swiping across.

Can I get iOS 16 on my iPhone?

Here’s a list of all the iOS 16 supported devices:

  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone Xs
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

If you don’t know which iPhone model you have, you can check by going into Settings > General > About and looking at Model Name.

And you can see if you can get (or already have) the new iOS by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

Link your Lock Screen to a Focus

You can also set a Focus to have a specific Lock Screen.

Go into your Focus settings and adjust the Lock Screen for that Focus.

For instance, when you activate Sleep Focus for bed, you might want a darker Lock Screen.

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You could set it to be a navy blue or some kind of starry scene.

It might also be worth creating a professional Lock Screen for when you’re at work – including with different widgets.

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