With the release of iOS 14, the Home Screen customization is easier than ever, so much so that the widget apps for iPhone saw an astronomic rise within the first week of the iOS release. If you’ve been confused about which Widget apps to download on your iPhone, I’m here to help. Let’s check out some of the best Widget apps for the iPhone.
How to Add Widgets to Your iPhone Home Screen
Adding a widget to the Home Screen is easy. Simply tap and hold anywhere on the Home Screen to enter the jiggle mode, then tap the + button on the top left corner. Here you’d find all the widgets that you can add. You can then scroll right through the various sizes and when you find the right one, tap Add Widget. You can also check out this in-depth guide on setting up Widgets on your iPhone.
Best Widget Apps for iPhone
While you get the Clock widget preinstalled on your iPhone running iOS 14, it has two major issues; one, it shows the incorrect time sometimes, and two, it only shows an analog Clock. If you want a digital Clock as a widget on your Home Screen then FlipClock is a simple alternative. FlipClock Widget comes in two sizes; small and medium. It’s free as well.
Install FlipClock (free)
Usage is an informational widget that allows you to put important information on your Home Screen. The app has a few different Widgets that show a variety of information such as active RAM usage, Storage, Data consumed, network speeds, etc. This widget is a must-have if you’re a power user and want information at a glance. Usage app is free but to unlock all the features you’d need to spend $2.
Install Usage (free, in-app purchases)
The next app is a powerful note-taking app that also offers a widget now. The widget allows you to quickly take a look at your notes from the Home Screen, and even start recording notes with just a tap. The widgets can be personalized to your heart’s content so that it only shows relevant notes. Noted is free to download but runs off a subscription plan of $2.5/mo.
Install Noted (free, in-app purchases)
If you’re not a power user then it doesn’t make sense to pay for a note-taking app, MemoWidget fills that gap and is made for people who just want to keep memos on the Home Screen. The widget comes in a few different sizes and colors but the most important reason to recommend it is that it looks a lot like a sticky note. You can tap the memo to launch the app and edit the memo quickly. MemoWidget is free on the App Store and has ads.
Install MemoWidget (free)
Minimonth is the widget to get when you want a customized Calendar on your Home Screen. Unlike the default Calendar Widget, you can adjust different parameters such as element colors, light/dark mode, week numbers, etc. After you’ve set up, you just need to add the Calendar to your Home Screen and the widget would get to work and even show upcoming events with small dots next to the date.
Install MiniMonth (free)
Widgetsmith is a custom widgets app that specializes in creating a tailored widget layout for your Home Screen. The app can create a widget for one function or you can create a dynamic widget that would show different information throughout the day. For instance, you can create a widget to show weather in the morning, followed by Calendar throughout the day, and show Activity rings at the end of the day.
The app also integrates your Apple Health data in order to give you accurate information at a glance. Widgetsmith is free on the App Store but you would need to get a subscription to unlock advanced features such as Tide and weather data.
Install Widgersmith (free, in-app purchases)
7. Photo Widget
Photo Widget is a simple widget app that allows you to create a slideshow of your favorite photos on the Home Screen. Simply add all the photos that you want in the slideshow to the app, set a timer, and put the widget in place. The widget would refresh at the set intervals and change the photo, giving your Home Screen a more dynamic look. Photo Widget is free on the App Store.
Install Photo Widget (Free)
Widgeridoo is a custom widget app that lets you create widgets, just like Widgetsmith. However, this app implements it differently and gives you the choice to create a truly custom widget. For instance, you can combine different functions in a single widget so much so that a single widget can show battery percentage, RSS feed, photo, birthdays, etc. As each function is a module, you can mix and match to create any number of combinations. Widgeridoo is a must-have app if you want your widgets to stand out.
Install Widgeridoo (free, in-app purchases)
These were a few of the best Widget apps that let you customize the Home Screen and put valuable information available at all times. While some of the widgets offer more functionality, all of the apps have something unique to offer. You can put photos in a slideshow with Photo Widget, Calendar with Minimonth, and iPhone stats with Usage. So which widget app is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.