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Using the New iPhone Lock Screen Shortcut in iOS 16.4 Beta

March 4, 2023
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With iOS 16.4, now currently in beta testing, Apple has been constantly enhancing the customization aspect of the Lock Screen for users who have the iPhone 14 Pro with an always-on display. This latest update is definitely an exciting one, as it introduces a feature that many users have been wanting for a long time – the ability to set up a Lock Screen shortcut.

So what does this new shortcut do? In essence, it allows users to activate the screen lock of their ‌iPhone‌ without having to use the physical power button. This is extremely beneficial for those users who find the physical button difficult or inconvenient to use in certain situations.

Now, let’s go into the steps on how to set up this short cut. The process should take only a few minutes:

1. Launch the Shortcuts app on your ‌iPhone‌.

2. Tap the plus (+) icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

3. Tap Add Action.

4. Search for “Lock Screen.”

5. Tap the Lock Screen option that appears.

6. Tap the Share icon (the square with an arrow pointing out) at the bottom of the screen, then tap Add to Home Screen.

At this point you will have configured a basic shortcut, which you can tap on your Home screen to activate the Lock Screen of your ‌iPhone‌. You can also ask Siri to run the shortcut, or add it to a custom automation.

This new feature in iOS 16.4 is sure to be a welcomed update by many, as it adds a level of convenience and ease that wasn’t there before. So whether you are a user who prefers the minimalistic feeling of having only the time and date displayed on the Lock Screen, or you’re someone who enjoys always having their ‌iPhone‌ screen on and need an easier way to quickly lock it, this shortcut should do the trick.

So if you’re an ‌iPhone‌ 14 Pro user, and you haven’t yet checked out iOS 16.4, what are you waiting for? It’s time to take advantage of this great feature and simplify the process of locking your ‌iPhone‌. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

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