Locket app lets friends view photos on their iPhone home


Locket is an app that has been hitting the App Store charts for the past few days by showing photos of your friends on your home screen. The feature builds on the iPhone widgets introduced in iOS 14 to bring a sort of “private social network” to your phone’s home.

The app was designed by Matt Moss, a three-time WWDC scholarship winner, who came up with the idea to create the utility for his girlfriend. With the end of the holidays, the couple was going to separate to have a long-distance relationship again, so Moss decided to create an application capable of putting a small, changeable photo of the loved one on the home screen.

From there, people liked the idea and Locket evolved into something bigger. Today, you are invited to call your friends to download the app and join your network. After adding them, you can place the widget on the iPhone’s home screen and select which images of you will be displayed on other devices. With everything set up, Locket automatically updates images throughout the day, as if it were a digital photo frame.

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Behind the scenes, the app’s operation is simple: you allow your friends or family to choose and send photos directly to your device. The cool part is the social and collaborative character of this game, as people can swap each other’s home screen images whenever they want. It is possible for couples to play a little game to show a little more about each other’s routine, for example.

Locket was successful thanks to TikTok

In an interview with TechCrunch, Moss says the success can be partly attributed to the TikTok phenomenon. That’s because it was the two contents published on Locket’s official profile on the short video network that made the solution known. Since then, the app has gone viral and many other users have started showing their home screens.

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It is worth remembering that Locket requests access to the user’s contact list to enable the sending of invitations. Thus, to preserve your privacy, it is important to be careful who grants access. Moss said he plans to add functionality so that the user can send an invite to anyone who is not on the contact list, but that this is a future step.

The developer guarantees that Locket does not store personal contact information or send any type of communication to third parties without the user doing so himself. As security is an Apple concern, it is essential that this premise is maintained, so the creator avoids conflicts.

Locket can be downloaded for free from the App Store and is compatible with iPhone (iOS) only.

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