Personalize your Home Screen using these helpful widget apps.
Widgets show you current information from your favorite apps at a glance—today’s headlines, weather, calendar events, battery levels, and more. You can view widgets in Today View. You can also add widgets to your Home Screen to keep this information at your fingertips.
Widgetsmith lets you personalize your home screen like never before.
It starts with a wide collection of highly customizable widgets, which range in function from date, to weather, to astronomy. Each can be adjusted precisely to best fit your desired function and appearance.
This set of widgets can then be dynamically scheduled to appear on your home screen following rules you define. For example, a particular widget could show the weather first thing in the morning, then your calendar during your work day, then switch to your Activity ring progress as you wrap up your day. This lets you take full advantage of each slot on your home screen.
Download Widgetsmith App | Free
Offers In-App Purchase: Widgetsmith Premium (Monthly) – $1.99; Widgetsmith Premium (Annual) – $19.99
Launcher is the original app launching widget — and still the best!
Launcher is the biggest update yet and allows you to customize your home screen in ways you never could before.
While you could use folders to collect apps together on the home screen, sometimes you want them to be ordered nicely without needing the extra tap for access. Launcher provides just that and more.
An app-launching widget, Launcher provides a customizable list of icons for apps that you can tap and launch quickly. However, it does a lot more than just open apps.
You can set up Launcher to start a call, message, email, or FaceTime conversation with specific contacts, quickly get to often-visited websites, run Shortcuts, and play music playlists, for example. You’ve also got customization options for icons and backgrounds, the ability to change the iPhone’s settings, and even an option to use it on the Apple Watch.
Download Launcher App | Free
Offers In-App Purchases: Pro Version – $2.99;
Smart Battery Widget
Smart Battery Widget is an extraordinary designed application to monitor your device’s Battery, Storage and Network activity and also have an eye on them on the Home Screen thanks to new iOS 14 brilliant widgets. Not only monitor your device activity but it can also estimate your capability of usage based on your current battery state and device storage remaining due to smart algorithms.
A modern, lightweight and fully interactive application interwoven with state-of-art functionality and revolutionary user experience like no others.
Widget Wizard offers a way to create your own custom widgets, but with as minimal fuss as possible. The app allows you to make complex-looking widgets that can combine data from multiple sources, and you can pick and choose what is on display.
The tool has a default Agenda widget, as well as some for countdowns, a monthly calendar, reminders, and a clock. There’s also a stat bar that tells you your battery percentage and other numerical bits of data, as well as over 35 health-related stats and a subscription-based Weather widget.
There’s the option to make the widgets customizable with accent and background colors, fonts, and other theme elements, though as part of an upgrade to the Pro version.
Download Widget Wizard | Free – Offers In-App Purchases
(Widget Wizard Pro – $3.99; Widget Wizard +Weather – $4.99)
Bears Countdown is the most beautiful way to countdown to birthdays, anniversaries, vacations and even work deadlines! On iPhone, iPad and Mac.
The app, adorned with cute art of bears, lets you collect together important dates, showing you everything that’s coming up and how long you have left until it happens.
The app also includes a widget, so you can quickly see how many days there are until an event without needing to open the app to check at all.
Download Bears Countdown | Free
Offers In-App Purchases: Bears Unlimited – $2.99
How to add a widget to your Home Screen
- Go to the Home Screen page where you want to add the widget, then touch and hold the Home Screen background until the apps begin to jiggle.
- Tap the add button at the top of the screen to open the widget gallery. (Here you will see the apps you’ve downloaded from the list we recommended above.)
- Scroll or search to find the widget you want, tap it, then swipe left and right through the size options.The different sizes display different information.
- When you see the size you want, tap Add Widget.
- While the apps are still jiggling, move the widget where you want it on the screen, then tap Done.
Tip: A Smart Stack (with dots next to it) is a set of widgets that uses information such as the time, your location, and activity to automatically display the most relevant widget at the appropriate time in your day. You can add a Smart Stack to the Home Screen, then swipe through it to see the widgets it contains.
How to remove a widget from the Home Screen
- Touch and hold the widget to open the quick actions menu.
- Tap Remove Widget (or Remove Stack), then tap Remove.
These widgets are helpful so you can get timely information from your favorite apps without needing to open each app.
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