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How to change the Lock Screen clock font in iOS 16

The iPhone allows you to make lots of varied personalisation tweaks, making your phone feel that little bit special and unique. One of the most eye-catching options is to change the font of your clock on the lock screen.

Apple offers eight different font options for the clock, while also allowing you to alter the colour, so you can make sure the numbers stand out from your chosen wallpaper.

Keen to start choosing your new clock font, but not sure how to do it? Then you’ll be pleased to know that we’ve included a step-by-step guide below, complete with pictures to make sure you’re on the right track.

Before you do get started though, it’s important to remember that this feature was introduced with iOS 16, so any iPhone using older software sadly won’t allow you to customise your lock screen.

What you’ll need: 

The Short Version 

  • Hold down at the bottom of the screen
  • Click on the time
  • Choose a new font
  • Click the X button
  • Click Done
  • Press Set as Wallpaper Pair
  1. Step

    Hold down on the bottom of the screen

    To start, hold down on the bottom of the screen, between the torch and camera buttons. Holding down for a second or two should bring up a menu.Bottom of the screen on iOS

  2. Step

    Click on the time

    The Lock Screen will change and become customisable once you hold down on the screen. Click on the time to continue. The clock on iOS 16

  3. Step

    Choose a new font

    From the small menu that is presented, you will see eight different font options, alongside different colours you can choose from. Pick a new clock font. Pick a new font from the selection

  4. Step

    Click the X button

    Once you have picked your new font, click the small X in the top right-hand corner of the pop-up menu. Exit this screen

  5. Step

    Click Done

    Click the small Done button, which is at the very top of the screen on the right-hand side. Press Done to exit

  6. Step

    Press Set as Wallpaper Pair

    Click on the button called Set as Wallpaper Pair to save your new Lock Screen.Set as Wallpaper Pair


How many clock fonts are there on iOS 16?

There are now eight different fonts you can choose from for your Lock Screen clock.

Can I change the font on iOS 15?

No, the option to change clock fonts is only available on iOS 16.

Can you change the size of the clock on iOS 16?

Sadly not. You’re not able to change the size of the clock on your iPhone’s home screen.

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