With iOS 10 Apple has made the lockscreen immensely powerful. Now you can access widgets with rich information, perform tasks on notifications such as replying to messages or seeing the status of your incoming taxi and much more. While the features are useful they also give anyone access to private information without even unlocking the device. Good news is iOS 10 allows users to disable lockscreen widgets, essentially restricting anyone from accessing them without unlocking the device.
Disabling access to widgets on the lockscreen is probably a good idea, especially for those who care about their privacy. With iOS 10 widgets anyone can view your upcoming Calendar events, Reminders, Activity and info from widgets added from third-party apps. Below you can find instructions on how to disable widget access on the lockscreen on an iOS 10 powered device.
Disable widgets on iOS 10 lockscreen
- On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch open Settings app and scroll down until you see ‘Touch ID & Passcode‘ and tap on it.
- Your iPhone will now ask you to enter your passcode.
- Now on Touch ID & Passcode screen scroll down until you see the ‘Allow Access When Locked‘ section. From there turn off the toggle for ‘Today‘.
Doing so will disable the access to iOS 10 widgets from the lockscreen. If you want to boost your privacy even further, then you can also turn off access to Notification Center by turning off ‘Notifications View’ toggle and disable Siri from the ‘Siri’ toggle.