How to Enable and Use Live Activities on iOS 16.1

The most talked about and most anticipated Live Activities feature finally added by Apple with the release of the new iOS 16.1 update. This new feature appears on the iPhone’s lock screen and on the Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro models.

Apple’s iOS 16.1 Live Activities feature is specially designed to show the current and real-time events in the background of the iPhone. For example, if you’ve booked Uber, you’ll get the live location tracking at the bottom of the lock screen. So you don’t need to unlock the iPhone or search for ongoing activities.

Where are these Live Activities visible?

Apple has specially designed Live Activities for iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max to add to Dynamic Island. Correct. If you follow the live match score, it will be visible at the top on Dynamic Island. A long press on it will expand Dynamic Island and show the live action in play-by-play mode.

If you are using a model other than iPhone 14 Pro models, you will see the Live Activities section at the bottom of the lock screen. Even if you have an iPhone 14 Pro model and locked the device, it will show on the lock screen.

Enable Live Activities on iOS 16.1

Remark: Make sure you have updated your iPhone to the latest iOS 16.1 update.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap Face ID & Passcode.
  3. Enter the access code.
  4. Scroll down to ‘Allow access when locked’, toggle the switch next to Live Activities to the green ON position.

That is it.

After following the above four steps, you will get the Live Activities feature on your iPhone enabled to track or monitor the live or real-time events on your iPhone.

Currently, limited apps support this feature, but if you follow MLB games, NBA and Premier League games, you can use the Live Activities for the love score in the US and Canada.

Also, many other apps like Slopes, Flighty, Landscape, Forest, CARROT Weather, Lumy, Crouton, Stamper and more support this feature. App developers are also working on adding more apps to support Live Activities.


If you have installed iOS 16.1 on your iPhone and used the Live Activities feature on your iPhone, don’t hesitate to share your feedback in the comment box.

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