Widgets on the iPhone allow you to quickly see valuable information without opening the particular app. You can also perform actions rapidly and save time. Many inbuilt Apple apps support it. Third-party developers have also added handy widgets to provide details at a glance. We have made a list of 15 best widgets for iPhone and iPad to make you more productive.
- Fox News
- Google Chrome
- CARROT Weather
- Google Keep
- ETA – Arrive on time
Shazam is one of the best apps to identify songs in seconds. It is now owned by Apple and has excellent integration with Siri. The Shazam app widget lets you quickly know what song is playing near you. The app is quick and has a clean, pleasing interface. You can further add and listen to the identified song on Apple Music or Spotify.
With Shazam Charts, you can see the songs that are popular in your country or city. The ability to watch music videos from Apple Music or YouTube, time-synced lyrics, offline recognition capabilities, and more, makes it an awesome app to install.
This app is so loved that millions prefer it over Google Maps (though Google owns Waze). It provides you with information about what is happening on the road. Further, it lets you know more about traffic, police, accidents, ongoing constructions, etc. In heavy traffic, it can save you time by changing your route.
The Waze widget lets you tap on Home, Work, etc. and quickly calculates the estimated time. You can simply tap on ‘Go’ to launch the app and start navigation.
If you are a sports lover, then ESPN is the app to have. With it, you can see your team position, watch live matches, check scores in real-time, and much more. It is a one place destination to follow your favorite sporting events. The benefit of ESPN widgets adds to the charm as it lets you quickly see things at a glance, juts by a simple swipe on the Home Screen.
Price: Free (In-app Purchases start at $4.99)
4. Fox News
Apple already has a handy News widget of its own. However, if you want to have a third-party news app, Fox News is a great choice. The app is robust with global news coverage. It also has great widget support. You can add it and then read the headlines for the latest breaking news right from there. To read the full story, tap on an item, and it quickly opens in the app. The Fox News widget also lets you swiftly open your Saved Stories.
5. Google Chrome
If you have Google Chrome installed on your iPhone, that means you already have this widget as it is just a part of it. With Chrome Suggested Sites, you can quickly access some of the frequently visited sites from the Widgets screen. The suggestions for websites you see here are according to your browsing history and what you visit regularly.
Deliveries is an excellent app that assists you in keeping track of all your incoming packages. This lets you easily know when they are going to arrive so that you do not miss any delivery. It enables you to keep a tab on dozens of services like UPS, FedEx, US Postal Service, DHL, TNT, Canada Post, Amazon, Apple, and more. This widget shows you a summary of all your shipments, and it counts down the days. If you place multiple online orders, then this app is one to try.
Pedometer++ features a widget that tracks your daily activity and gives quick results on your fitness goal accomplishments. The widget lets you check on how much you have walked right in the Today View.
The app integrates with the iPhone’s in-built Health app to collect and display data. As a result, you can see your step count, walking distance, heart rate data, calories in it.
Price: Free (Generous Tip $0.99)
8. CARROT Weather
A fantastic weather app that is loved by thousands of people across the globe! CARROT Weather has apps for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and even iMessage. On iPad, it supports multiwindow. Overall it is worth $5!
Now, coming back to our main topic, CARROT Weather has excellent customizable widget support. This lets you effortlessly see the weather forecasts. If you intend to spend some dollars on a weather app, this one is a strong contender.
In Google Chrome, when there is no internet connectivity, you see a dinosaur, and if you press the space bar, you can play a simple game where you have to jump, duck, and avoid obstacles. Steve is just that for your iPhone. It is available on the Widgets screen and is easy to play. You do not even need to open the app.
Suppose you are waiting for something like a video or long webpage to load, just pull down the notification center, swipe left to right, and you can play this game. It lives in your notification center and is a fun, little, time-pass game that you will enjoy.
Price: Free (In-app Purchases at $0.99)
Pocket is one of the most fantastic apps to save articles you love the most and wish to get back later. It has been around for long and has millions of users. You can save favorite articles, news, sports data, and videos from any publisher or app.
The Pocket widget shows a decent-sized list of your recent saves. You can tap on one to open the story quickly in the Pocket app. Overall, if you are frequently on the web, this is the app to save things for future reading.
Price: Free (In-app Purchases start from $4.99)
DayCount is a countdown app that lets you see how many years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, or even seconds remain until that event. It helps you remember all your special days like anniversary, birthday. Or you can also use it to run a countdown for like ‘days left until final presentation,’ and things like that.
DayCount lets you focus on what’s important to you. You can schedule notifications, add multiple events, customize the look with themes, and more.
Price: Free (DayCount Premium – $8.99)
Drafts is a fantastic note-taking app that is well designed and powerful. One of the highlights is that it lets you quickly take a note from the Widget Screen. The paid version gives you even more types of widgets that improve your productivity.
Apart from being in the Widget Screen, it is also available on Apple Watch and Mac. Additionally, Drafts also has an iMessage app that makes things easy to share while chatting in the Messages app.
Price: Free (Monthly Pro Subscription – $1.99)
13. Google Keep
The Notes app on the iPhone has widget support. But if you are invested in the Google ecosystem, Keep is the perfect note-taking app. It is available on all platforms and has great features like – organization with labels and colors, automatically transcribed voice memos, OCR support, and much more.
The iOS widget for Google Keep has icons for the new note, checklist, photo, drawing, and audio note. It allows you to create these swiftly. When you tap on the tiny arrow button in the widget, you can also see the notes or tap on Show all notes.
With Launcher in your Widget section, you can launch any app on your iPhone and also launch most screens in the Settings app. It even has the ability to enable and disable Wifi, Bluetooth, Cellular Data, Airplane Mode, Low Power Mode, DND, etc.
Apart from that, the app packs several other handy features like the option to open web launchers in Google Chrome, Firefox, or DuckDuckGo. The Pro Version also lets you have specific widgets for the morning, weekend, home, work, gym, etc. This way, all your relevant quick tasks are just one left to right swipe away from the home screen.
Price: Free (In-app Purchases start at $0.99)
15. ETA – Arrive on time
ETA is a virtual driving assistant with the combined strength of Google Maps, Apple Maps, Waze, and other existing map services. It is simple, quicker, and provides accurate info. The iOS 13 notification center widget shows all ETAs to your favorite places instantly in the Widget screen. It lets you share your arrival time with friends and family and get driving directions in a tap in the map app of your choice.
How to Use Widgets in iOS 13 and iOS 14
Swipe left to right on the first Home Screen. You will see the widgets here. You can easily add, remove, or rearrange them. Additionally, you can also long-press on an app icon.
For iOS 14, we have made a full guide. Check it out. Also, as of now, third-party widgets are not available for Home screen. But once iOS 14 rolls out for everyone (in/around September), we are confident that most of the widgets here, will be updated.
These are some of the best widgets that make things easy. Finally, it would be wise to use only those widgets in the Widget Section that you really need. If you have too many of them added, you will have to scroll down, which defeats these widgets’ main purpose, that is, to perform tasks quickly and save time.
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