The iPhone Shortcuts app offers many shortcuts and automation options. Create your own icon pack, set focus mode time, covert files, and more. In iOS 16.4, Apple added a lock screen shortcut feature. It improves with iOS 17.
Use the new shortcut to trigger the lock screen on your iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro series models, in case the physical power button is not working properly or to switch to the Always On Display. Learn how to use lock screen shortcuts on iPhones running iOS 16.4 or later.
Apple introduced changes to the iPhone lock screen last year with iOS 16 and Always On Display on iPhone 14 Pro models. Additionally, Apple is improving the lock screen. Apple brought improvements to iOS 17, including improved clock fonts, new wallpapers, and Standby Mode.
The iOS 17 lock screen shortcut activates Always On Display (in iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro), blackens the screen, or activates Standby Mode if your iPhone is on MagSafe wireless charger. Your iPhone will lock, and you can easily activate the shortcut.
Now let’s take a look at how you can use iOS 17 lock screen shortcuts.
How to Use iOS 17 Lock Screen Shortcuts
You’ll need iOS version 16.4 or later and an iPhone 5s or later to take advantage of this feature. Also, make sure you’re using the most recent version of the Shortcuts app. If your iPhone is running the latest iOS, you can set up the shortcut on the lock screen by following these instructions.
- Open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone, if not installed then download the app using this link.
- Tap the “+” icon at the top right corner to create a new shortcut.
- Select the Add Action button to pick up a new Script.
- In the Search box, type lock screen and select the Lock Screen scripting option.
- Tap the share icon from the action bar at the bottom.
- Now select the Add to Home Screen option.
- Name the shortcut if you want, then tap the Add button at the top corner.
- That’s it.
The shortcut now appears on your iPhone’s home screen, when you tap the shortcut icon, it will lock your iPhone. Obviously, you need to enter the passcode or your Face ID to unlock your iPhone.