Recently, Apple launched a new version of its system — iOS 14. Among the many new additions to the system, iOS devices received one that allowed them to be useful, as well as make the screen look visually pleasing. We are, of course, talking about the new ability to place widgets anywhere on your iPhone’s home screen.
Naturally, this meant that developers needed to rush and add widgets to their apps, which is something that many of them did in record time. The wide selection of apps supporting widgets is growing with every passing day, but there are already plenty to choose from. Here are some of our favorites that have already been made available.
Best iOS 14 Widgets That You Should Definitely Check Out
The first on our list is Spark — an email and calendar app that is available for iOS, but also Mac, and even Android. The app offers a few iOS widgets worth considering, and besides — it is a rather excellent app for sorting emails and organizing your calendar.
A few of its widgets are rather minimal, and they don’t take a lot of space. However, they can tell you how many new emails you have, or what the next event for the day is supposed to be. Also, if you wish, you can also add some more complex widgets that will give you more insight into your inbox, as well as your calendar. The app is very useful, well-organized, and it can help you manage your time and communications rather effectively.
2. Weather Line
Knowing the weather is important for a lot of people, from travelers to farmers. So, since you already have an opportunity, why not try out Weather Line? The app is very useful on its own, and even more so now when it has iOS widgets.
There’s a ton of them in all sizes, depending on what kind of forecast you are looking for. You can get an hourly one, a daily one, or even a long-term forecast. Apart from the current and expected weather, the widget also offers an entire array of useful data, such as the wind speed, sunrise and sunset time, and more.
While you can use it for free, you can also purchase a premium plan and unlock a lot of other features, such as a radar, a 10-day forecast, minute-by-minute precipitation, and more.
Having useful widgets is great, but having useful and stylish widgets is better. ColorWidgets is a free widget that lets you add a bit of style to your phone by offering a free Time and Battery widget with multiple color styles.
You can also purchase a premium version for $3.99 and get additional styles, which will make checking the time or the state of your battery something that you will always look forward to.
In the fourth spot, we have IMDb —a website, app, and now a widget that can help you with the eternal dilemma of what to watch next. If you have used the app before, then you likely know that it comes with tons of features that you can use. Well, now it also has a ton of widgets that offer those features on your home screen.
You can add a widget that will display popular movie trailers, or information about which actors are born on the current day, news regarding shows and movies, and more. Recommendations on what to watch are there too, of course, so there is quite a bit that you can do with this app’s widgets.
If you are considering adding organization-focused apps and widgets, Timepage is another choice you might want to consider. The app itself has a rather forward-thinking design, but its widget section is something that is truly going to impress you.
You can add pretty much anything, depending on what you need. For example, there are some widgets that are ultra-minimal, and they will only show you a few calendars. It also has a weather widget, which is a nice touch.
Lastly, they also change to match the main color of the app, whichever you might choose to set — and there are rather a lot of them.
Next up, we have an app that can help you quite a bit in regard to your finances. Copilot will no longer need you to open the app. Instead, you will be able to see all the info about your spending habits on your home screen.
Best of all, you can select widgets that will only display specific categories, such as groceries. There is also a widget that will give you an immediate insight into your account balance, although this is likely not something you wish to use if you often show your phone to others.
However, you could consider widgets that will list your transactions, so that you can keep track of what you spend on, how much you pay for items, and more.
7. CBC News
If you happen to follow Canadian news, CBC is the app you want — especially now, when the app has its own widget. You can set it up to display the most popular stories, local news, or even focus on a specific topic.
You can also choose the size of the widgets, making them mid-sized or large. Small sizes are, unfortunately, not supported. However, maybe it’s for the best since you wouldn’t be able to see all the news you might be interested in, otherwise.
8. Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day Widget
Merriam-Webster Dictionary is an app that has found its way on plenty of iOS phones. However, that’s not all, as it now has an awesome new widget that you can use, which will present you with a Word of the Day.
Basically, if you have always wanted to expand your vocabulary but you couldn’t be bothered to open up the dictionary and seek out new and interesting words — this is the right widget for you. It doesn’t take too much space, and it will show you a new word each day, which you will learn on the go.
Place it on your home screen, and you can expand your vocabulary with every new word, even if you didn’t unlock your phone for that specific purpose.
MoneyCoach is another budgeting app that has a widget for iOS 14, and while it may be just another one of those in an entire sea of others, it does come with one important distinction. That is the fact that you can use it free of charge.
The app features 10 new widgets that will offer access to some of the most important budgeting info. For example, you can keep track of your saving goals or spending against a single budget. There is a lot more that you can do with it, and since it’s free — it literally costs you nothing to check it out.
While 2020 is a difficult year for the travel industry, it might also be one of the best years for travelers. Not a lot of people tend to travel the world due to the pandemic, which makes popular tourist destinations rather empty.
All you need to do is find accommodation, and Hotwire is one of the best apps for that sort of thing. Now, it even has a widget that will list top weekend deals close by. Many agree that there is a bit more work that should go into the widget, and allow the user greater customization options. However, for the time being, it is worth using as it is, so definitely check it out.
If you like going on long walks, conquering your goals, and getting some exercise, in general, then Pedometer might be just the app for you. The app is pretty simple, and it does exactly what you’d expect — it measures your steps. However, it now also features a widget that does it on your home screen.
Walks are important for your health — especially now when due to COVID-19 a lot of people ended up stranded in their own homes for days, weeks, or even months. This makes occasional walks all the more important and enjoyable, and with this app’s widget, you can easily keep track of your achievements, and push the limit just a little harder each time.
12. Nike Training Club
Speaking of health and exercise, there is another free fitness app that you can download, and that has a brand-new widget for you to enjoy. The app’s name is Nike Training Club, and it actually features two widgets that will help you keep an eye on your workouts.
Both of them are very easy to read and they look simple, but still somehow manage to pull off a stylish look, so definitely give them a look over, and see if you like them.
13. Glimpse 2
Glimpse 2 is a fantastic new widget that is one of the most downloaded ones since iOS 14 came out. It allows you to add your favorite webpages as widgets to your home screen. This is a perfect solution for adding the content that you like, and are actually interested in right to your screen.
It can help you keep track of the news, new updates to your favorite sites, check your used mobile data, and more. All you need to do is add a page to Glimpse 2 and find the area on the page that will be displayed via the widget. Glimpse 2 will do everything else, and place it right on your home screen.
Next up, we have ItemMemo — a new app designed for iOS 14 widgets. It is a perfect solution for those who have too much on their mind, and need memos to remind them of important things, events, and alike.
ItemMemo is extremely easy to use, and all you need to do is add items to the list, and mark them as ‘Today Items.’ The widget will display the marked items automatically whenever you unlock your phone. That way, you will never forget anything, ever again.
You can use it for events, meetings, or even for making a shopping list.
Widgeridoo is another widget that can be used to create other new widgets. A few taps are all it takes, and you can combine different blocks into widgets, and fill in your home screen with all the content that you could ever want.
You can use a wide array of different blocks, including the ones for calendar events, text and images, birthdays, countdowns, health data, website data, battery percentage, and much more.
16. Photobox Widget
Photobox Widget is one of the more popular widgets out there for iOS, as it allows users to select and customize photos which they can then put on their home screen. All you need to do is choose an image, select the image size, and create a personalized message.
The widget will allow you to preview your creation, and confirm if the sizes are right. After that, position the message that you wrote, and you’re done. You can do this as many times as you want, and set the widget to shift between them. It can do it randomly, changing the displayed image every 10 minutes, so that you can always have a different one to greet you when you unlock your phone.
17. Motivation Widget
Up next, we have a Motivation Widget, which is great for those of us who could use some inspiration every now and then. This widget will display daily motivation quotes that will be there for you when you need a reminder that you must pay attention to the bigger picture, rather than succumb to the current difficulties.
Motivation quotes may be silly to many, but there is a reason why they exist and why they have been around for this long — some people need to see them, and this widget is meant for them. It might be simple, but it is effective and uplifting, and if you need a daily dose of inspiration, this is just the thing for you.
TimeDeck is another very simple widget that can spice things up on your home screen, and make it look a bit more interesting. Simply put, it’s a widget that tells time. It is simple, but efficient, as it will let you keep track of time and date with a quick glance, instead of having to open up a calendar or focus on the tiny numbers representing time in the corner of your screen.
It also lets you display time in different regions of the world, so you can easily tell what time it is for your friends and family abroad. You won’t have to calculate the time manually, or risk waking them up by calling in the middle of the night. All in all, it is a useful widget to have, so why not check it out?
Locket is a great widget for those who like to decorate their home screen with photos. You can add a tiny picture of your children, parents, or significant other or even list several of them so that your loved ones will always be there to greet you as soon as you unlock your phone.
It’s a great widget to have, and we definitely recommend checking it out.
20. Steve — Widget Game
Lastly, we have not a calendar, not a weather widget, but an actual game. Most people will easily recognize the game, as it is a 2D infinite runner featuring the dinosaur in a desert that jumps over obstacles as it keeps running faster and faster. We have all played this game on our PCs while experiencing internet issues.
Well, now you no longer have to wait for your internet access to go away to play this game. Instead, get this widget, and help Steve navigate the dangerous desert world. You can even unlock new characters and scenarios, so this game has all the makings of a new hit for iOS users.