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Make your iPhone’s home screen as individual as you are by taking advantage of widget support in iOS. Here are some of the best widget apps you can get for your iPhone.
With the introduction of iOS 14 and continuing into iOS 15, Apple introduced home screen widgets. These add-ons provided instant data and access to apps and features without having to open a specific app beforehand.
The change also ushered in a new wave of customization, prompting many to create highly personalized home screens. The key to that phenomenon was the widgets themselves, which not only helped with information a user needs, but also made the home screen layout more interesting in general.
Here are some of the apps you can download and use on your iPhone to give iOS some widget sense.
If you want to create extensively custom widgets, Widgetsmith is the way to go. The tool comes with a wide variety of widgets that can be personalized ranging from displaying the date and time to displaying the weather and even astronomy related versions.
It not only provides you with widgets, but can also be used to manage which widgets are displayed on your home screen by setting rules in the app. For example, you can display specific widgets for different periods of the day to match the types of information you typically need.
It also includes a ton of tools such as a time zone converter, calendar, and its own weather app, all activated by tapping widgets. Integrations with Apple Health are also available, although some elements such as Tide and Weather hosted data require a premium subscription.
Widgetsmith’s basic app is free and available for iOS and iPadOS 14.0 or later. The premium plan costs $1.99 per month, or $19.99 per year.
While you could use folders to collect apps together on the home screen, sometimes you want them to be neatly organized without having to do any extra taps to access them. Launcher offers just that and more.
Launcher, an app launch widget, offers a customizable list of app icons that you can tap and launch quickly. However, it does a lot more than just open apps.
For example, you can set Launcher to initiate a call, message, email, or FaceTime call with specific contacts, quickly go to frequently visited websites, run shortcuts, and play music playlists. You also have customization options for icons and wallpapers, the ability to change iPhone settings, and even an option to use it on the Apple Watch.
The basic Launcher app is free and requires iOS or iPadOS 13.0 or later. Numerous in-app purchases are available, including enabling Pro or Premium versions of the app and “buying a song for Greg.”
While iOS includes a battery widget, it is literally limited to showing how much battery is left in the iPhone, iPad, and related devices. Smart Battery Widget promises to give you more information about your hardware and more choices in how you view it.
The widget can give you estimates of how long you can perform certain activities on the iPhone before it runs out of battery. For example, it might say you have enough charge left to watch YouTube for a few hours, or play games, or make phone calls, rather than a random percentage.
It also provides data on storage, such as the volume remaining and estimates of how many different types of media you can add to it. You can even see network usage for cellular and Wi-Fi connections, including volume and speeds.
Widget Wizard provides a way to create your own custom widgets, but with the least amount of hassle. The app allows you to create complex-looking widgets that can combine data from multiple sources, and you can choose what to display.
The tool has a standard Calendar widget, as well as some for countdowns, a monthly calendar, reminders, and a clock. There’s also a stats bar that tells your battery percentage and other numerical bits of data, as well as over 35 health-related stats and a subscription-based Weather widget.
There is the option to make the widgets customizable with accent and background colors, fonts and other theme elements, but as part of an upgrade to the Pro version.
The basic Widget Wizard app is free, with Pro at $3.99 and Pro and Weather at $4.99. It requires iOS or iPadOS 14.0 or later.
If you need a reminder of upcoming events, Bears Countdown can help. Decorated with cute bear art, the app lets you collect anniversaries, holidays, birthdays and other deadlines or important dates so you can see everything that’s coming up and how long you have before it happens.
For our purposes, the app also includes a widget so you can quickly see how many days are left until an event without opening the app to check it.
The core Bears Countdown app is free and requires iOS and iPadOS 12.0 or later. In-app purchases are available, including Bears Unlimited for $2.99.