Top 5 iPhone Apps for Creating Custom Widgets

The iOS 14 update arrives on iPhone with lots of customization options. Since last week’s release, we’ve seen users show the home screen makeover with custom app icons and widgets on the home screen. You can finally add resizable app widgets to your home screen. The personalization options don’t end there. iOS 14 introduces a new category of apps that allow you to create custom widgets based on your preferences and style.

To be clear, you can always use widgets of the installed apps on iPhone. However, you may feel limited in terms of customization for displaying information. This is where the widget apps come out with tons of options to create a widget that contains all the relevant information and matches the home screen background and app icons.

Since the iOS 14 update last week I’ve tried a few widget apps to create custom widgets on my iPhone XR. Each app has its advantages and disadvantages. Among them, we have completed the top five iPhone apps to create personalized widgets. Let’s begin.

1. Widgetsmith

Widgetsmith conveniently tops the list with a variety of customization options like font, size, background color, and more. It starts with a wide collection of highly customizable widgets. From data to weather, from memories to astronomy. It lets you play with a lot of options. Each can be precisely adapted to your desired function and appearance.

You can add information to a widget using eight categories from the list below.

  • weather
  • calendar
  • World time
  • memories
  • Bless you
  • astronomy
  • tide
  • photos

Widgetsmith Tools

You can schedule this set of widgets to appear dynamically on your home screen and follow the rules you define. To the example, a particular widget might show the weather first thing in the morning, then switch your calendar during your work day, and then switch to your activity ring progress at the end of your day. Simply select “Add a timed Widget” and define a time window in which a widget is displayed at a specified time.

Widget maker

This allows you to take full advantage of every slot on your home screen. My favorite feature is the Apple Health integration. You can add the Apple Health activity and customize it with other information using the Widgetsmith widgets.

Widgetsmith includes an optional premium monthly or annual subscription. Pricing starts at $ 2 per month.

2. Color widgets

As the name suggests, Color Widget is all about beautiful colors and gradient effects on the widget. To customize, you can change the background color, theme, font and even set a photo as a widget. I like a little detail where the app adds a percentage of the remaining battery in the top left corner of the widget.

Color widget home page

Editing of color widgets

What Color Widgets lacks is third-party integration like Apple Health, Reminders, and Photos App. You cannot add information from these apps to a widget.

Most of the widgets are completely free to use. You will be fine with using them on the iPhone home screen most of the time. Some of the widgets come with a premium tag that costs $ 4 as a one-time payment.

Color widget 3

Once you are familiar with basic information like time, date, day, photo, and battery percentage, Color Widgets is well worth a try.

3. Widgeridoo

Widgetridoo is all about the flexibility to customize widgets on the go. The app follows a modular concept and divides the entire widget into several blocks. You can drag and drop blocks and move them around for a unique look.

Widgeridoo 1

Widgetridoo 2

Widgetridoo already includes several built-in widgets divided into categories like birthdays, calendars, feeds and more. If you look closely, you can see the block preview from the category icon itself.

On the widget screen, long tap a block and select Replace. You can change the block with other information like picture, music, text, birthdays, health dates and more.

Widgetredoo 3

The basic functionality is free, but if you want more customization options then you’ll have to buy the $ 4 Pro version.

4. Use

As the name suggests, Usage is a tool for monitoring your device’s activity, data usage, connection speed, and more. With the usage app, you can track data usage tracking, memory allocation, memory usage, real-time network connection monitoring, battery status and detailed device hardware information right on the home screen.

Home use

Usage widget

There aren’t many options for configuring the widget. However, you get a long list of widget styles and sizes to customize.

Among them, the data period limit is my favorite and most used widget. On the home screen, you can see how much data you have used and how much data is left.

Usage app

It’s free to use, but I recommend purchasing the Pro version for $ 2 (one-time payment) for more customization options and features.

5. Widget wizard

Widget Wizard provides combo widgets that allow you to choose which data you want to see together in one widget.

Widget wizard home page

Widget Wizard doesn’t support nearly as many data types as Widgetsmith, but like Widgeridoo, it supports multiple blocks of content in a single widget. The app mainly offers three types of widgets – The One, The Double, and The Triple.

Widget wizard 2

All three widget styles come in three sizes and you can add details such as health statistics, calendar entries, and reminders to a widget if you wish.

Widget Wizard is $ 2 on the App Store.

Beautify your home screen with widgets

IPhone home screen personalization is a big deal in iOS 14. We all have our own personal preference for designing a custom widget. With apps like Widgetsmith and Color Widgets, you can easily customize widgets for you. Check out these apps and show off your perfect home screen in the comments section below.

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