Spotify today introduced A new iPhone lock screen widget that allows you to launch the Spotify app before unlocking your phone. The novelty is suitable for all iPhone users with iOS 16 software or higher.
With lock screen widget support, introduced in iOS 16 last fall, you can display information directly on your phone’s lock screen as circular or rectangular widgets below the date and time, or as a line of text directly above it. A number of developers, big and small, have quickly embraced lock screen widgets, including big tech companies like Google (including YouTube) and Facebook*Snap and others, but there was no Spotify widget.
Previously, users who wanted to use Spotify on their lock screen used third-party widget customization apps like Widgetsmith to create their own widgets. The new widget can now quickly open the Spotify app, saving the user the time of unlocking the phone and then searching for an app icon or widget.
To add a new Spotify widget, you need to hold your finger on the lock screen so that the Customize button appears at the bottom. Then go to the widget selection area and find Spotify in the alphabetical list. Then you need to click the Spotify icon or drag the widget to add it to your lock screen.
In addition to the new lock screen widget, the company supports others, including home screen widgets in two sizes for quick access to your recently played music and podcasts. The app also supports the Apple Live Activity feature, which places music controls at the bottom of the lock screen when you’re actively using the app.
Spotify advises that to access the new lock screen widget, you must update the app to the latest version and have iOS version 16 or later.
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