7 Best iPhone Home Screen Widgets
After a long wait, Apple has finally paved the way forward for customization with the introduction of iOS 14. Undoubtedly, the highlight of the latest iteration of iOS is a plethora of home screen widgets- both from first and third-party.
If you have just upgraded to iOS 14 or even if you have been using it but haven’t explored the widgets and are looking for ways to amp up your customization game or want to have some of the best iPhone home screen widgets at your disposal, this roundup is for you. With that in mind, let us dive right in!
It’s really cool to keep a track of some of your favourite images right on the home screen. If you find this idea fascinating, chances are pretty high that the Apple Photos widget will win you over right away.
So, how does the Photos widget work? Well, the widget automatically selects featured images and cycle them through so that you can view them. To get going, touch and hold an empty area of the screen and then tap on the tiny “+” button at the top left corner of the screen. Then, scroll down and choose Photos. After that, select the preferred size and then add it to the home screen (you can follow the same steps to add any widget to the home screen.)
Though you don’t get control over which images should be displayed in the widget, you do have the option to remove the unwanted ones.
Now, you no longer need to dig into the Apple Notes every time you want to keep an eye on your notes as iOS 14 has introduced a super handy home screen widget. What’s more, the widget also offers the needed customization to let you choose the note that you want to show up on the home screen.
Simply touch and hold the widget and then tap on the Edit Widget option. Next, select a preferred note and you are good to go!
If you are a music lover, you would indeed appreciate the Apple Music widget. It not only keeps you in the loop about your favourite songs and artists but also allows you to get started with your recently played playlists straightaway.
As of now, iOS offers three sizes of Apple Music widget. If you prefer a compact design, go with the small one. And if you wish to make the widget look eye-catching, go with the big one.
Despite a cut-throat competition from the likes of Apple Music and YouTube Music, Spotify remains by far the most loved music-streaming app across platforms. And that’s what has compelled us to choose the Spotify home screen widget as not everyone is using Apple Music.
Unlike Apple Music, Spotify offers only two types of widgets like small and medium-sized. It would be better if the music streaming app offers a variety of widgets and also provide some cool customization for a more personalized experience. Overall, it’s one of the best iPhone home screen widgets.
Given the huge popularity that Google Photos enjoys across platforms, it’s hard to miss out on it. Google Photos widget is thoughtfully designed and comes in three sizes: small, medium, and large. The widget lets you keep a track of the recently highlighted photos, videos, and special moments from previous years.
Apple Smart Stack
Of all the widgets that we have tried in iOS 14, Smart Stack has impressed us the most for multiple reasons. First and foremost, it offers you better control so that you can fine-tune essential aspects in line with your needs.
Second, Smart Stack dynamically shows content from different apps based on your usage, time, and location. Thus, it serves more than one purpose. For instance, you may see the Health app in the morning, the Podcast app in the afternoon, and Apple Music in the evening. Pretty cool, isn’t it?
Siri keeps a track of your usage and provides suggestions accordingly. Thus, you can perform certain tasks faster. What’s more, Apple’s personal assistant also offers app suggestions based on your usage.
Even more interesting, iOS 14 has come with a widget called Siri Suggestions that allows you to access a handful of suggested apps right from one spot.
There you go! So, these are the best iOS home screen widgets. Ever since Apple rolled out iOS 14, Rapid Repair’s supertechies have been testing it out to explore all the new features. While we have always loved the neat design that iOS is known for, we believe customization should have been given a go-ahead a long time back. Especially for the folks who have a penchant for a personalized user interface.
What do you have to say about iOS home screen widgets? Do you find them worth giving a shot? Be sure to shoot your thoughts in the comments section below.