Apple’s iOS 14 brings the overhaul to a rather boring and identical iPhone homescreen. Since its introduction in 2007, the iPhone home screen has used the same default appearance grid. The behavior changes with iOS 14, and now you have more options to customize the iPhone home with resizable widgets.
Initially, the widget functionality arrived on iPhone with iOS 8 in 2014. But it was limited in several ways and only accessible through the iOS Today View menu.
iOS 14 allows you to add widgets to the home screen. You can also choose from different sizes of widgets. The developer community is already working hard to prepare their apps with the latest trend in iPhone widgets.
We’re barely into week two of iOS 14, and the App Store is buzzing with smart and functional widgets offering apps. We have selected twenty best useful widgets to add to the iPhone home screen. Of course, this is not the smallest of details and we may update or replace some elements in the future.
1. Apollo for Reddit
Apollo, a popular third-party app on the App Store, nailed the widget’s implementation with the iOS 14 update. There are 10 widgets (yes, you read that right) to choose from.
You can add a post widget, a wallpaper widget, add shortcuts to the subdirectory, or pin a random shower thought or joke on the home screen. There is something for everyone.
2. Weather line
The default weather app on the iPhone does a decent job with widgets to show live temperature. Weather Line takes it a step further with hourly and daily forecast widgets that offer more information such as sunrise, sunset time, wind speed, AQI levels, UV index, etc. .
3. First day
Day One is my favorite journaling app. It supports tons of widget types and sizes with today’s view, daily prompt, and live sequence. My favorite in the bunch is the “On This Day” widget, which displays thoughts from the same day last year.
Daily Prompt is also a great supplement because it motivates you to add thoughts.
4. Things 3
Things 3 has many fans in the Apple ecosystem. The company has updated the app with iOS 14 widgets. You can choose from three widget sizes: small, medium, and large. You can select the list to display on the widget and use the + icon to add tasks to the list.
Unfortunately, due to the limitation of iOS 14, you cannot perform tasks from the widget itself.
5. PDF expert
PDF Expert can be your ultimate PDF app on iPhone. You can add a music widget to quickly access audio files, use the Recents widget to quickly open recent files, and use Favorites to open device folders. If you are using PDF Expert to edit PDF on iPhone, you will surely enjoy widgets.
You can have an email list widget with unread emails, list of incoming emails, action buttons like Search, Calendar, Compose emails, etc. Spark Mail also supports a Calendar widget that displays upcoming events for the day or week. Spark has managed to break out of the park with the implementation of widgets in iOS 14.
7. Google application
As an Android convertible, I’ve always wanted a Google search bar widget on the iPhone home screen. Using the Google app, you can add a Google search widget with Google lens, voice search, and private browsing mode to iPhone home. It looks a lot better than its Android counterpart.
Documents by Readdle is an advanced file management application for iPhone. Using Documents, you can manage all types of files stored on your iPhone. Users can add offline music player widgets, recent files, favorites, and even action button widgets that place music, browsers, and VPN shortcuts right on the home screen.
9. Soor Music
Soor is a beautiful premium music player for iPhone. It offers an intuitive and fully gesture-driven user interface with Musixmatch integration. With the iOS 14 update, you can use the Soor app widgets to showcase the current song with a few upcoming songs in the queue. One can also access playlists and favorite music collection from the iPhone home screen.
If you’re an RSS junkie, you’ll appreciate Elytra’s few iOS 14 widgets to showcase unread articles and the unread counter widget on the home screen.
I’ve asked Microsoft to improve support for OneDrive gallery on iPhone. With iOS 14 widgets, Microsoft has finally listened to the growing demand from users and added some picture widgets. I suspect more widgets in the pipeline for OneDrive. For now, OneDrive widgets are limited in the TestFlight app.
Lumy is a beautiful app that helps you capture gorgeous visuals by letting you track the golden hour (also known as Magic Hour). It’s a time around sunrise or sunset when the light is often soft, warm and perfect for capturing beautiful visuals.
Using Lumy, you can add the Golder Hour widget with the current Sun position and other Golden Hour information to the home screen.
Whether it’s practicing yoga, running, swimming, or calling parents, HabitMinder is a fun app that helps you develop good habits. With a collection of over five Home screen widgets, you should have a much better time tracking how well you’re going with your routine.
Todoist has been my go-to recommendation for anyone looking for a solid cross-platform task management app. With iOS 14, things get even better. You have three Tasks widgets that let you track your daily tasks, a productivity widget that shows your daily and weekly progress.
15. Dark noise
Dark Noise is a simple yet powerful way to play ambient noise to help you sleep, focus, or relax. You can create custom mixes for an endless variety of soundscapes. Using Dark Noise, you can add shortcuts for created sound effects such as white noise, thunder, spaceship engine, etc. at home by default.
16. Relax – Conscious Breathing
Relax is a refreshing, delicious, and distraction-free mindful breathing companion to help you meditate and get you through the day. Relaxation widgets can now be added directly to your home screen for a quick glance at your daily mindfulness progress. Widgets come in all sizes and are configurable.
Widgetsmith lets you customize your iPhone’s home screen like a pro. By using Widgetsmith, you can create highly customizable widgets which vary from date to weather. Each can be fine-tuned to suit the desired function and appearance.
This set of widgets can then be dynamically scheduled to appear on your home screen by following the rules you set. For example, a particular widget might show the weather first in the morning, then your calendar during your work day, and then switch to your activity ring progress when you finish your day.
Aviary is a beautiful Twitter client built with iOS design guidelines. Using the Aviary widgets, you can browse your Twitter feed right from the Home screen. I expect other third-party Twitter apps like TweetBot and Twitterrific to follow suit.
19. Spend the battery
Spend Stack can be your budget manager, a shopping list, or an expense tracker all in one place. You can track subscriptions, remaining budget for a category, and all expenses on the Home screen using widgets.
Wikipedia’s iOS 14 widgets will increase your interest in the most popular stuff. You can access and see live data of the most read items throughout the day. The Picture of the Day widget is a neat add-on that features a stunning picture curated by the Wikipedia community.
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Add useful widgets to the iPhone home screen
Using widgets, you can quickly view relevant information without opening any apps. We have tried to cover the main categories of apps in the list above. We expect to see plenty of other iOS apps to hop on the App Store widget train soon. What app widgets do you use on the iPhone home screen? Show off your perfect home screen setup. And we bet there are several other apps out there that offer nice widgets, so share the ones you like in the comments below.
IPhone now supports picture mode picture with iOS 14 update. Read the article below on how to use picture mode picture on iPhone.
Last updated Oct 4, 2020
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