iPhone’s new iOS 16.1 lock screen feature gives you live updates to your favorite apps

iPhone’s new iOS 16.1 lock screen feature gives you live updates to your favorite apps

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Apple first announced Live Activities, a lock screen notification for your iPhone that gives you real-time information, like sports scores and flight status, during your global developer conference this year. The feature didn’t initially debut alongside the public release of iOS 16 in September, but now it’s finally here, thanks to iOS 16.1.

And if you’re wondering what Live Activities is all about, we’ve got you covered.

In this story, we’ll delve into what the screen lock feature does, how it works, which third-party apps support it, and whether you should disable it. Here you will find everything you need to know about live activities.

For more information on iOS 16.1, see news and improvements in iOS 16.1. And if you haven’t updated yet, here you go how to download and install iOS 16.1 on your iPhone.

What exactly is Live Activities for iOS 16.1?

Live Activities is one of the few big new changes to the lock screen in iOS 16.1, giving users a real-time look at their favorite apps, whether they want to know the score of the Lakers game, for example, or see where your Uber is. it is currently The notification is at the bottom of the lock screen and only appears when the information you need is up and running.

Though presented as a lock screen notification, Live Activities also lives on the new dynamic island on your home screen, but that’s assuming you have an iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Live activities in iOS 16.1

Live Activities works both on your lock screen and on Dynamic Island.

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How do the live activities work?

Live activity notifications automatically appear on your lock screen, but only when there’s real-time, relevant information to show you. However, each app works differently with the new feature.

For example, if you are tracking a flight through Frivolousthe live activity notification only appears on the lock screen for the duration of the flight.

if you are using Tracks To track your skiing or snowboarding performance, Live Activities appears while tracking your performance in the background.

And to Uber (not available at the moment)the lock screen notification will appear from the moment you request a ride and will close when you arrive at your destination.

What apps currently work with Live Activities?

Uber and other major third-party apps will eventually support live activities, but for now the number of apps is limited. Current apps that work with Live Activities include:

While most apps are free, some require you to pay an in-app or subscription fee in order to work with Live Activities.

You can see more applications in this Reddit thread.

What if I don’t want live activities?

Not everyone will be a fan of live activities because they may not be interested in constantly tracking certain information. Or maybe you’re running low on battery and want to disable the feature because Live Activities forces third-party apps to constantly update in the background. Whatever the reason, there’s an easy way to turn off live activities.

The easiest way to stop live activities is to go to the notification on the lock screen and touch To turn off. The live activities notification will disappear from both your lock screen and Dynamic Island, permanently disabling live activities for the associated app.

If the live activity notification does not have the To turn off option, you can also go to the Settings app, find the app you want to disable Live Activities for, and turn off live activities.

And lastly, you can go into the third-party app and find a button or setting that stops Live Activities from working, but that will vary between apps.

Disable live activities in iOS 16.1

If the notification does not have a Disable option, go to Settings to disable Live Activities for the app.

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For more information on iOS 16, see 7 hidden features we were surprised to find in iOS 16 Y 4 annoying features in iOS 16 (that you can fix).

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