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Locket puts your friends' photos onto your Home screen using widgets

Locket App Store Screenshots
Locket App Store Screenshots (Image credit: Matthew Moss)

What you need to know

  • Locket takes the photos your friends share and puts them on your Home screen.
  • You can reply with a photo of your own.
  • New photos are updated as people send them.

Locket is an app that allows your friends and family to share photos that appear on your Home screen using the magic of widgets. The app, which is a free download from the App Store, even allows you to send a photo back as well.

If this sounds familiar it's because it's similar to an app from 2020 called Magnets. Magnets was an app that showed off what iOS 14's widgets were capable of and now we have Locket, an app that does something very similar but adds the ability to send a photo back, too.

From the Locket App Store description:

Here's how it works: when a friend sends you a pic, it instantly appears in your Locket widget on your home screen. To send a response, tap the widget, take a pic, and send it to your friends' Home Screens. It feels like magic when your Locket updates with something new!

What makes Locket so cool is the two-way nature of the photos, allowing for the sending of reactions and more. If you can take a photo of it, Locket lets you send it to your friends where they'll see it the next time they unlock their iPhone.

Even if you already have Magnets installed, now would be a good time to take Locker for a spin. It's free, with no in-app purchases, and can be downloaded from the App Store (opens in new tab) now. It could be the best iPhone app you downloaded in a while.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.