Get rid of Siri App Suggestions on your iPhone’s lock screen – CNET

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After some initial confusion about the iOS 10 lock screen, I find myself frequently using iOS 10’s lock-screen widgets to check my calendar, a sports score or the weather — all without needing to unlock my phone. One lock screen even lets me quickly call home or text my wife. (Check out the 10 widgets that belong on your lock screen.)

With all these widgets helping me out, Siri App Suggestions — the two rows of “suggested” apps that appear on the lock screen — are unnecessary. Here’s how to remove them.

Remove Siri App Suggestions from lock screen

The Siri App Suggest widget is enabled by default in iOS 10. Thankfully, it’s just a widget, so removing it is easy.

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You can’t remove or rearrange widgets on a locked phone, so unlock your phone and swipe to the right on your home screen to view your widgets. Next, scroll to the bottom and tap the Edit button. You’ll see a list of your widgets at the top and another list below of other widgets you can add to the lock screen.

Find Siri App Suggestions in the list and tap the red button on the left and then tap Remove on the right to remove it from the list. Don’t forget to tap Done in the upper-right corner to save your changes.

Remove Siri App Suggestions from search screen

When you pull down on the home screen (or any other screen of your app icons), you call up the search screen. Below the search bar is the same Siri App Suggestions as you’ll find on the lock-screen widget. If you don’t use this to launch apps, you can disable it.

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Go to Settings > General > Spotlight Search and tap to turn off the toggle switch at the top for Siri Suggestions. With it disabled, you’ll see just the search bar and nothing else on the search screen.