Widgets not only add an aesthetic appeal to your Android smartphone’s home screen, they also make your device more functional by providing some features that allow you to make use of certain apps without even opening them. What’s really great is that you can find widgets that span across a variety of use cases, which means that there’s one (if not many) for everyone. So, if you’ve been looking for some decent Android widgets to spruce up your device’s home screen and use your Android smartphone more efficiently, then check out this list of 15 useful Android widgets that you should try.
Useful Android Widgets You Should Try in 2020
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1. KWGT Kustom Widget Maker
Starting off at the top of our list is KWGT, a custom widget maker which allows you to make your own Android widgets that you can place on your home screen. The app offers a bunch of included presets, with the Play Store filled with even more presets created by other developers that you can use. The app allows you to completely tinker with the widget design, which means that even if you’re using one of the available presets, you can completely make it your own.
Agreed, the KWGT custom widget maker is a bit difficult to use for the beginners out there, but once you get the hang of it, you can create some stunning looking widgets that are not only functional but also add to the overall aesthetics of your smartphone. I’ve been using the KWGT custom widget maker for quite a while now and I can tell you with complete confidence that once you start using it, you’ll feel the need to install it on every Android device that you use. It’s just that great.
Download KWGT Kustom Widget Maker (Free, in-app purhcases)
2. Google Calendar
Next up is the Google Calendar widget, another useful widget that you can use to stay abreast with your schedule by taking a glance at your phone’s home screen. In order to access the widgets, you’ll need to install the Google Calendar app, after which two new widgets will be added to the widget menu.
As mentioned, the app offers two different widgets, both of which can really come in handy depending on the way you keep a track of your schedule. While one widget shows your schedule for the week, the other gives you an overview of your schedule for a month. The most handy part about using these widgets is that you can easily add to your schedule by just tapping on the date within the widget, eliminating the need to first open up the app and then scroll to the specific date. If you don’t
Download Google Calendar (Free)
Having a weather widget can also be very useful as it allows you to get a brief overview of the weather forecast with just a glance. 1Weather is a great weather forecast app that comes with 12 widgets of different sizes that not only tells you the temperature but also provides information like the wind speed, humidity and the chances of rainfall. The Android widgets included with the 1Weather follow a variety of different design choices, which means that you’ll easily be able to find one that goes well with your setup.
The app has a tiny 1×1 widget, which is quite minimal and just tells you the temperature along with an icon denoting the cloud cover, along with a large 4×3 widget that displays the time, temperature, location, date, humidity, wind speed and chances of rainfall. The larger widget even has a Google Search bar built in, which means that you can remove the stock search bar and give your setup a cleaner, more homogenous look.
Download 1Weather (Free, in-app purchases)
Next up is another great app that includes handy widgets that will allow you to keep a track of your to-do list items right from your home scree – Todoist. Not only is Todoist a great app to create and keep track of to-do lists, but it also offers very capable widgets that allow you to keep your to-do list accessible, right at the home screen. Todoist offers multiple widgets for different view types.
The larger widgets allows you to completely customize the view and segregate all the tasks at hand based on your schedule, offering a lot of useful information on the home screen. The smaller widget, on the other hand, is just a 1×1 icon that lets you quickly add a new task to your to-do list, without requiring you to open up that app.
Download Todoist (Free, in-app purchases)
5. Calendar Widget by Home Agenda
While the default Google Calendar widget is pretty functional if you don’t like it, we have another option for you. We recommend you use Home Agenda Calendar Widget developed by Francisco Franco. It looks very slick and brings a transparent and modern look to your calendar schedules. Further, the widget has endless customization options. From opacity to weather information and event-specific colors to rounded toolbar, you can customize each and every element. As for the calendar data, it can sync all your Google Calendar schedules and events and display them in a neat fashion. However, keep in mind, Home Agenda does not have reminder support as Google does not offer a public API for developers to use. Nevertheless, Home Agenda is one of my favorite Android widgets and you can certainly give it a try.
6. At a Glance Widget by Google
Since the launch of the Pixel lineup, Google has been adding many exclusive features to its software and apps. But sometimes those features make way to a larger segment of Android devices. ‘At a Glance’ widget is one such feature that was introduced with Pixel Launcher, but now has been baked into the Google app. As a result, now you can use this minimal weather and calendar widget on any Android device. The best part is that it supports almost all the launchers out there. With this widget, you can readily access the Calendar and real-time weather information on your home screen.
Further, on tapping the widget, you will get detailed information about your schedules and local weather. To set this widget, tap and hold the home screen and open “Widgets”. Now, look for “Google” and drag and drop ‘At a glance’ widget on your home screen. You are done. If you are loving this new feature and want to get other Pixel features on your Android device, click on the link.
Remember sticky notes from earlier Windows days? Well, you can get a similar feature on your Android device too with ColorNote. It allows you to create notes and you can set them on your Android screen using colorful widgets. It works exactly like the Windows Sticky Notes and I am happy that you can organize and edit the notes on the fly. The best part about ColorNote is its resizable widget which is completely free, unlike other apps. It basically means that you can display more content on your home screen in a scrollable interface. Apart from that, you can also sync your notes online and the notes are encrypted before uploading to the server. All in all, ColorNote is a useful Android widget and you can use it in place of Google Keep.
Download ColorNote (Free)
8. Month Calendar + Stuff
If you want a calendar widget that is minimal, has tons of themes including dark mode then I would highly recommend Month Calendar. Along with that, my next pick would be the Stuff widget for quickly creating to-do lists and notes. I prefer the combination of Month Calendar and Stuff because of how well they sync together— both in terms of looks and features. In one screen, both the widgets accompany each other and bring all your events, schedules, notes, and reminders. Further, Month Calendar has both schedule and month view whereas Stuff has the ability to add tasks quickly in one-tap. I would say if you looking for an integrated solution for calendar and to-do widgets then Month Calendar and Stuff are your best options.
- Download Month Calendar (Free, Offers in-app purchases)
- Download Stuff (Free, Offers in-app purchases)
Digitox is one of the essential Android apps that you must use to track and understand your smartphone usage. It offers an Android widget where you can readily monitor how long you have been using your phone, how many times you unlocked the device, and how many notifications you received in a day. This will give important insight into your smartphone addiction behavior and may help you cut down phone usage. The widget sits on the home screen and you can tap the refresh button to pull updated data, in case it doesn’t auto-refresh in the background. Keeping all points in mind, if you want to limit your smartphone addiction, consider using the Digitox widget.
Download Digitox (Free, Offers in-app purchases)
With rising air pollution all around the world, it has become necessary to keep a tab on air quality around you to lead a healthy life. In addition to weather widgets, now it’s time to include AQI widgets also on your home screen. And for that, the AirVisual app offers the best widget for monitoring the real-time AQI of any location. I personally use this widget to track the quality of air with all the details including pollutants level, amount of PM2.5 particles, and more. AirVisual collates the data from institutes of local governments all around the world. And where the data is unavailable from a primary source, it calculates the AQI by modeling the satellite data. To sum up, AirVisual offers the best widget for tracking AQI and you should definitely use it.
Download AirVisual (Free)
11. Google Maps
Google Maps also packs in a couple of really useful widgets that can come in handy when need to look for directions quickly. The Google Maps widgets are essentially shortcuts that you can customize and place on the home screen, allowing you to instantly check the direction, traffic, and driving mode for preset destinations.
The app even has widgets which allow you to quickly share your location with friends and ask a friend to share their location with you. Even though the app doesn’t include any full fledged widgets, the widget shortcuts are really useful and I’ve used them quite frequently to check the traffic on my way back home and to share my location with friends. And if you are using Google Maps, you should also check out our article on best Google Maps tips to get the most out of the service.
Download Google Maps (Free)
12. Google Keep
Google’s popular note taking app – Keep – also has a couple of really useful widgets that you should use on your Android device. The app features a simple shortcuts widget, which displays five shortcuts that will allow you to add a new note, a new list, a new voice note, a new handwritten note and a picture.
The second widget, apart from featuring the aforementioned shortcut, also displays some of your recent notes, depending on how you resize it. As you can see from the image above, the widget displays two of my most recent notes, which means that you won’t be forgetting anything important if you have it right on the home screen.
Download Google Keep (Free)
IFTTT is a great automation app that lets you create applets that can do a predefined action with a single tap or when a particular parameter is true. The app, in itself, is quite handy as it lets you automate a number of mundane everyday tasks like switching on the WiFi when you get to work and it also features a couple of widgets that allow you to trigger a predefined task by tapping on a button on the home screen.
The app includes a small widget, which is essentially a shortcut that you can customize for any applet that you use, and a large widget that lets you set a toggle for any widget applet on your home screen. The IFTTT widget applets are definitely some of the most handy widgets that I’ve used so far and I will definitely recommend you to check out the app if you wish to streamline some repetitive tasks on your smartphone.
Download IFTTT (Free, in-app purchases)
14. Simple Text Widget
Typography fans will really appreciate the Simple Text Widget, a widget creator like KWGT which lets you create your own Android widgets to place on your home screen. What’s unique about the widgets created by the Simple Text Widget app is that, as you might have guessed already, the widgets are all text.
You can customize the text completely to your liking and go for a look that complements your home screen setup. The Android widgets can be customized to do practically everything from creating shortcuts for apps to telling the weather or time. You should definitely check out the Simple Text Widget if you’re gunning for a minimal home screen setup on your device.
Download Simple Text Widget (Free, in-app purchases)
15. Clip Stack
Clip Stack a nifty clipboard manager app for Android which allows you to manage all that things you copy to the clipboard in one place. The app features a very handy widget that displays the most recent text copied to the clipboard and features a shortcut that allows you to create a new clip.
What’s really great about Clip Stack is that it can remember unlimited amounts of text copied to the clipboard, which can even be recovered after rebooting the device. I personally use the Clip Stack widget to keep a record of things that I wish to read later (I know there are other more user friendly ways to read things later) or to save phone numbers or other contact information which I don’t have the time or patience to copy down.
Download Clip Stack (Free, in-app purchases)
Last, but not the least, is the Beebom app which now also has a handy little widget that can help you stay up to date on the latest tech news right from your home screen. The Beebom widget displays the latest news posted on the app and which you can just use it to keep a track of the headlines, you can also tap on the widget to jump right into the app and the read the entire story.
If you’re already using the Beebom app, I strongly urge you to try out the new widget by adding it to your home screen. Not only is it a great way to keep up with the latest tech news, it also gets rid of the hassle of opening the app again and again to find the latest headlines, which is quite convenient.
Download Beebom (Free)
Try Out These Android Widgets Right Now
That rounds up our list of the 10 most useful widgets for Android. I recommend you to try the widgets for yourself and I’m pretty sure you’ll be amazed by all that you can achieve right from your smartphone’s home screen. KWGT and the Simple Text Widget are my favorite out of the lot as they allow me to completely customize the look of my smartphone’s home screen. Which one of these Android widgets have you tried already? Got any favorites? Let us know in the comments section below.