While using a gadget like an iPhone or iPad it becomes necessary to use third-party apps and widgets to make the most of your iDevice. As a matter of fact, smartphone technology requires such helpful add-ons so that you can easily use it like your laptop computer.

We have listed a number of widgets that can give you news, information, fun, easy access to all apps, weather updates, sports feed, and more. These widgets keep you updated wherever you are – whether in a meeting, at a party, air-borne, at amusement park, at multiplex etc.

Best iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch Widgets

Best Widgets for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch

#1. NYT Now

NYT Now iPhone and iPad Widget IconApart from a cup of hot coffee (or tea), what freshens you every morning? You bet! It’s news stories that actually wake you up with a fresh air of latest happenings. NYT Now can serve you the latest in the world; the editorial team of NYT Now works 24/7 to compile the best news stories from The New York Times and web, and give you in a simple app you can use every day. To simplify news browsing, the app gives you article summaries and bullet points, so that you can quickly choose which one you want to read.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch
Price: Free
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#2. Launcher with Notification Center Widget

Launcher with Notification Center Widget IconIt is used in more than 80 countries in the world as one of the best productivity apps. This gives a strong testimony of Launcher’s usefulness; it provides you an easy access to your contacts, music, web browsers, apps and more. Eulogized by many famous blogs and websites, Launcher helps you access call, message, email and Facetime from Notification Centre. If you tend to use number of apps simultaneously, this Launcher is a must-have as it offers your facility of performing actions within several apps.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch
Price: Free
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#3. DataMan

DataMan Next iPhone and iPad Widget IconHow useful a widget if it tracks and shows you your mobile data usage? DataMan does this job for you. This widget saves you from overusing your data if you are using a post-paid mobile service. One of the significant features of this widget is that you can use it on your Apple Watch too. The widget gives you quick info on data usage; just swipe down the Notification Centre on your iPhone and check it yourself. Moreover, the widget gives you a notice in advance whether you will exceed your data limit or not.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple Watch
Price: $1.99
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#4. Day One

Day One iPhone and iPad Widget IconIt doesn’t need any introduction as Day One is appreciated by none other than Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter and Square. Chronicle your life with memorable moments and beautiful pictures on a neat and clean interface of Day One. The widget is packed with features like passcode lock, voice dictation, temperature and weather data, customized writing reminders, and sync your journals with all your iOS devices with the help of Dropbox or iCloud.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple Watch
Price: $4.99
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#5. Minesweeper

Minesweeper iPhone and iPad Widget IconTake a short respite from your busy schedule and enjoy Minesweeper on your iPhone. Even if your phone screen is locked, you can access this widget from Notification Centre. And this makes it more acceptable among every class of iPhone users. If you want to quit game in the middle, don’t bother about where you leave the game; Minesweeper automatically saves and loads your game progress. After crossing easy levels, you can set difficult challenges by setting grid size and number of mines.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch
Price: $0.99
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#6. Fantastical 2

Fantastical 2 iPhone and iPad Widget IconFantastical 2 is really a fantastic widget. The updated version now boasts reminder facility that allows you to see your events and reminders together in the main list. The widget accepts your voice commands to create reminders; just start your sentence with “reminder”, “todo”, “task”, or “remind me to”. You can also create alerts by giving voice commands like “remind me tomorrow at 5PM”, “alarm 7AM” or “0alert 30 minutes before”. Fantastical 2 has got DayTicker feature, which provides you a better way to see your schedule.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple Watch
Price: $2.99
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#7. Evernote

Evernote iPhone and iPad Widget IconMore than 100 million users of Evernote can give you rave reviews of this excellent app. For iPhone users, who also use other iOS devices regularly, Evernote is an indispensable tool. With this widget, you can create and then save your notes on any iOS device. One of the glaring features of this widget is that now you can use Evernote on your Apple Watch also; just dictate your notes and Evernote will transcribe the audio. After creating notes, you can also attach PDFs, Office docs and photos to Evernote. Premium membership gives you features like offline access, more space, better search, greater privacy, PDF annotation, and presentation mode.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple Watch
Price: Free
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#8. Yahoo Weather

Yahoo Weather iPhone and iPad WidgetWeather in USA enjoys more mood swings than your girl-friend. And therefore a widget like Yahoo Weather on your iPhone is highly recommended. Before you step out of your home or office, check wind, pressure and chance of rains in your city or state. Yahoo Weather comes to your rescue specially when you are planning for an important meeting or a pleasure trip within the country. To give you a visual treat, Yahoo Weather provides you weather conditions for rain, fog, snow and extreme heat with animated weather effects.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple Watch
Price: Free
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#9. ESPN

ESPN iPhone and iPad Widget IconFor sports fanatics, ESPN is must. Get the latest scores and news packed with video highlights. Before your friends or colleagues get to know any information, you grab the bits on MLB, NFL, College Football, NBA, College Basketball, MLS and more. Follow your favourite teams, leagues and sports persons; if you have missed any game, you can watch video highlights of the game and share the same on social media. Moreover, ESPN widget is enriched by fresh photos, videos and social media content on sports arena. No doubt that ESPN is the #1 widget you should download on your iPhone and Apple Watch too.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple Watch
Price: Free
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#10. BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed iPhone and iPad Widget IconVoted as the best app by AppStore in 2014, BuzzFeed offers you everything you want: news, stories, quizzes, recipes and life tips that help improve your lifestyle every day. Perhaps, this could be one of the best companions of home makers today. The widget is compatible with Apple Watch also, so you can access all interesting content on your wrist. Moreover, you can also take part in daily polls on your Apple Watch. Explore the rich menu, which includes exciting content on entertainment, books, business, animals, celebrities, food, health and more.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple Watch
Price: Free
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