iOS 17: How to Delete Lock Screen Widget on iPhone Easily


Tom Michaelson

Got a cluttered lock screen on your iPhone after upgrading to iOS 17? No worries – deleting a lock screen widget is a breeze. In just a few taps, you can have a clean and organized lock screen that shows only the information you need.

Step by Step Tutorial: How to Delete a Lock Screen Widget on iPhone

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty, know that the following steps will guide you through the process of removing unwanted widgets from your iPhone’s lock screen, making it look tidy and personalized to your liking.

Step 1: Unlock your iPhone and access the lock screen

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen or press the home button to unlock your iPhone and view the lock screen.

Unlocking your iPhone is the first step to accessing the lock screen widgets. Make sure you’ve authenticated with Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode to proceed.

Step 2: Long press on the lock screen

Press and hold on to an empty space on the lock screen until the widgets start jiggling.

Long pressing will activate the “wiggle mode,” which allows you to edit and remove widgets just like you would with apps on your home screen.

Step 3: Tap the minus sign on the widget

Look for the widget you want to delete and tap the minus sign (-) in the corner of the widget.

Each widget will have a small minus sign that, once tapped, will prompt a confirmation to remove the widget from your lock screen.

Step 4: Confirm the deletion

A popup will appear asking if you are sure you want to remove the widget. Tap ‘Remove’ to confirm.

This final step ensures that you don’t accidentally delete a widget. Once you confirm, the widget will be removed from your lock screen.

After completing these steps, you’ll notice that the widget you selected is no longer present on your lock screen. The change is immediate, and you can always add the widget back if you change your mind later.

Tips for Managing Lock Screen Widgets on iPhone

  • Tip 1: Regularly review your lock screen widgets to keep only the most useful ones.
  • Tip 2: Consider the size of widgets, as larger ones take up more space and can make the screen look cluttered.
  • Tip 3: Group similar widgets together for a more organized look.
  • Tip 4: Remember that some widgets provide more functionality when expanded, so choose wisely.
  • Tip 5: Use the Smart Stack feature to combine multiple widgets into one space-saving stack.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I undo the deletion of a lock screen widget?

Yes, you can always add a widget back to the lock screen by entering “wiggle mode” and tapping the plus sign (+) to add a new widget.

How many widgets can I have on my lock screen?

The number of widgets depends on your iPhone model and screen size, but you can generally have multiple widgets as long as there is space available on the lock screen.

Can I customize the appearance of widgets?

Some widgets allow for customization such as color and displayed information. Long press on the widget and choose ‘Edit Widget’ to see available options.

Will deleting a lock screen widget affect the app itself?

No, deleting a widget from the lock screen does not delete the app or affect its functionality.

Can I rearrange widgets on the lock screen?

Absolutely! In “wiggle mode,” you can drag and drop widgets to rearrange their order on the lock screen.


  1. Unlock your iPhone.
  2. Long press on the lock screen.
  3. Tap the minus sign on the widget.
  4. Confirm the deletion.


Customizing your iPhone’s lock screen by adding or removing widgets can dramatically improve your user experience. With iOS 17, Apple has given users even more control over how their devices look and feel. Deleting a lock screen widget is just one way to personalize your iPhone to fit your lifestyle and preferences. Remember, your lock screen is the first thing you see when you pick up your phone, so make it count. A well-organized lock screen not only looks good but can also boost your productivity by showing you the information you need at a glance. So go ahead, give your iPhone’s lock screen a little TLC, and make it work for you.

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