iOS 14 update offers a number of customization options for iPhone users. Following growing user demands, Apple is finally allowing consumers to personalize the home screen with resizable widgets and custom app icons. Your boring iPhone home screen is about to receive a makeover with iOS 14 widgets.
App developers are hard at work to adopt the new look and functionality for iOS 14 widgets. As a result, the App Store is already buzzing with smart and functional widget supporting apps.
If you hate navigating through the App Store for third-party apps with top-notch widget support, do not worry - we've done the hard work for you. We have hand-picked 10 best iOS 14 widgets to jazz up your iPhone home screen. Let's start the list with one of the best weather apps available in the App Store - Climacell.
1. Climacell: Weather Assistant
The default weather app on the iPhone does a decent job with widgets to show the live temperature on the home screen. Climacell takes the experience further with a detailed and accurate forecast, rain and snow alerts, air quality maps, and wind speeds.
The built-in Weather app is limited to showing temperature forecast for the day or week. Climacell goes a step ahead and showcases rain forecast with time, AQI levels, Sunset time, and more.
I like how Climacell offers two profiles - Home and Work. While being at work, you can glance at the home area temperature right from the home screen widget. It goes without saying that the Climacell widget supports iOS dark theme.
Go ahead, give Climacell a try. The app is free to download.
Apollo delivers one of the best Reddit experience on the iPhone. The developer took it to another level with iOS 14 widgets. Apollo offers various types of widget styles with three sizes to choose from. As a result, you are looking at mind-boggling 15 widgets to choose from.
You can add a post widget, wallpaper widget, subreddit shortcuts, or pin a random shower thought or joke on the home screen. In short, there is something for everyone.
Subreddit Shortcuts widget features your favorite subreddits - you can edit it by long-pressing and selecting Edit Widget. Apollo widgets are definitely worth checking out even if you aren't an active Reddit user.
I have been using Pocket for years to save articles for later reading. But the problem is, I frequently forget to checkout the saved article list from the Pocket app. The inclusion of iOS 14 widgets is a boon for users like me.
There are only two widget sizes though - Medium and Large. Using the Pocket Discover widget, you can find the most thought-provoking stories out there, curated by the Pocket team. I appreciate the small touches such as the estimated time to read the post on Pocket.
Soor has hit it out of the park with the iOS 14 widgets. Soor is a beautiful, premium music player for your iPhone. The Now Playing widget showcases the current song as well as a couple of next songs in line.
You can also use the Magic Mix widget and add a mixture of Recently Liked, Most Played, Top Songs This Month, and Recent from Favorite Artists tab on the home screen.
The app only works with Apple Music for now. And it costs $5. Soor is the perfect example for other music streaming services on how to implement iOS 14 widgets.
5. Documents by Readdle
Documents by Readdle is the ultimate file manager on the iPhone. It's a central hub for all your files. There are four types of widgets to add from the Documents app - Music, Recents, Favorites, and Actions. All four widgets are available in multiple sizes to fit on the home screen.
My favorite from the bunch is the Actions widgets. It lets you keep your most-used actions such as Browser, VPN, Music, Wi-Fi Transfer, and Music at fingertips.
6. Spark Mail
Spark Mail is my favorite third-party email client in the App Store. With the recent update, it's getting even better with Mail and Calendar widgets.
You can add a New Emails widget that displays unread emails with a bunch of email actions such as Search, Calendar, Attachments, and Compose mail. Calendar widgets do a neat job getting you through the day. You can also peek at the next event and the remaining time for the next meeting right on the home screen.
7. Sticky Widgets
I'm a frequent user of Sticky Notes on Windows 10. It helps me focus on the most important tasks on the Windows home. Sticky Widgets brings the same experience to the iPhone as well.
Using Sticky Widgets, you can place Sticky Notes on the iPhone home screen. Tap on it to add text. Upgrade to the pro version if you want to play with different colors on the widgets.
8. Day One
Day One is my go-to journaling app on any platform. It supports tons of widget types and size with Today View, Daily Prompt, and Live streak.
My favorite from the bunch is the 'On This Day' widget, which showcases entries from the same day last year. Daily Prompt is also a nice add-on as it motivates you to add thoughts for the day.
Wikipedia's iOS 14 widgets will level up your interest throughout the day and make you read a lot more. You can track the Top Read widget onto your Home screen, and you will see an intriguing list of the most popular Wikipedia articles at any time.
Picture of the day widget freshens up your day with a stunning image curated by the Wikipedia community.
iOS 14 debuts a new category of apps to create custom widgets on the iPhone. You can leverage integration such as Photos, Reminders, Calendar, and Weather with a bunch of color options to create a perfect-looking widget on the home screen.
This set of widgets can then be dynamically scheduled to appear on your home screen following rules you define. For example, a particular widget could show the weather first thing in the morning, then your calendar during your workday, then switch to your Activity ring progress as you wrap up your day.
Customize iPhone Like a Pro
Go through the apps list above and add informative widgets on the home screen. Also, developers are always updating their apps, so it's always worth checking your favorite apps to see if they've introduced a widget for iOS 14.