How to Perfectly Enable & Use Live Activities on iPhone in iOS 17

With “Live Activities”, you can keep track of the ongoing activities or imminent events right from your iPhone Lock Screen. Whether you want to track your food delivery, flight status, or workout, it can help you stay on top of the things that matter to you with real-time updates. Yeah, gone were the times when you had to dig deep into apps or dive into the details just to get the latest updates about the ongoing events. That said, follow along to learn how to enable and disable Live Activities on your iPhone in iOS 17 or later.

Set Up and Use Live Activities on iPhone in iOS 17 or Later 

So, how do you activate and use Live Activities feature on your iOS device. Invoking this feature on iOS is as simple and straightforward as it can ever before. So long as you have enabled it on your iPhone, most supported apps will automatically prompt you to allow the related “Live Activities” to show on your Lock Screen. However, there are certain apps that might require you to manually enable this feature inside their settings.

If you are yet to find an app that can get the most out of this feature, check out this massive roundup of the over 50 best Live Activities supported apps for iPhone.

Quick Way to Turn ON Live Activities on iOS

Step 1. To get going, open the Settings app on your iPhone running iOS 16.1 or later. 

Step 2. Now, scroll down and tap on Face ID & Passcode or Touch ID & Passcode.

Step 3. Next, head over to the Allow Access When Locked section.

Step 4. Make sure that the toggle next to Live Activities is turned on.

That’s pretty much it! Now, go ahead and keep a track of the live updates right from the Lock Screen on your iPhone. Be it tracking the real-time calorie burn or the latest score of a football match, it can come in handy in several situations.

Allow a Supported App to Show Live Activities on Your iPhone Lock Screen

  • Simply, launch a compatible app like “Flighty” and select the flight which status you would like to track.
Set up Live Activities on iPhone
  • Then, bring up the Lock Screen and allow the app to show the Live Activities on your Lock Screen.
Show Live Activities on iPhone

Later, if you want to get rid of the Live Activities alert, just swipe left on it and hit the Clear button.

Enable More Frequent Updates for Live Activities on Your iPhone

For better experience, you should make sure to enable “More frequent updates” for Live Activities.

  • To do so, launch the Settings app on your iPhone -> Find the Live Activities supported app and select it.
Choose TV app
  • After that, select “Live Activities”.
  • Now, be sure that the toggle for “Allow Live Activities” is turned on.
  • Finally, turn on the toggle for “More Frequent Updates” (subject to availability and support) and you are all set.
Enable More Frequent Updates for Live Activities on iPhone

Completely Disable Live Activities on Your iPhone

Do note that continuous use of the Live Activities will drain the battery on your iPhone. Therefore, be sure to use this power-hungry feature smartly. If you ever wish to completely turn it off, head over Settings app on your iPhone -> Face ID & Passcode/Touch ID & Passcode -> then, turn off the toggle next to Live Activities.

Wrapping up…

Right from the onset, Live Activities has impressed me. While I’m quite pleased with this notable addition to iOS, I wish all apps implement it sooner rather than later. What’s your take on it?

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Co-founder/Editor-in-Chief: Rajesh Mishra (Your beloved “R.K” 360 Reader Voice) is a Shakespearean poet at heart who turned a tech nerd while having a secret rendezvous with iPhone 4. When that rendezvous turned obsession, he let go of his hard-core political journalism in favour of the lifelong love-affair with technology. In a career spanning one and a half decades, Mr. Mishra has crafted over 8K articles and around 2K YouTube videos. He is probably the only journalist alive with this unique achievement. When he is not at his desk, you may find him either engrossed in a Deathmatch or chasing Wordsworth!

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