40 Useful iPhone Widgets You Should Use

If you can keep track of essential information related to an app right from the home screen, why waste your precious time digging deep into the app just to keep yourself updated? Whether you wish to track the latest emails without jumping into your iPhone email app, or monitor your total steps without opening your workout app, keep an eye on your favorite subreddits or take a glance at your memorable shots with utmost ease, the best iPhone home screen widgets have got you fully covered. But which is worthy of your specific taste? For that, be sure to explore our massive roundup of the 40 useful iPhone widgets before deriving any conclusion.

Best Useful Widgets for iPhone in 2021

Keeping in mind different needs, we have chosen a variety of iPhone widgets. From sticky notes widget to favorite contacts to music discovery, the roundup has got the variety to let you choose the suitable widgets as per your needs.

Notably, we have included both Today View and home screen widgets. If you want to keep a tab on the essential information from the lock screen of your iPhone, go for the Today View widgets. And if you wish to make the home screen more interactive, the home screen widgets are the way to go.

1. Launcher

Launcher is one of the most customizable and powerful widgets that you can get for your iPhone. Yeah, you read that right. The widget app is fully customizable and lets you quickly launch your favorite apps.

Launcher widget

What’s more, you can also fine-tune it to call, message, email, and even kickstart FaceTime video calls. Not just that, you can also use it to quickly access your favorite websites.

Notably, if you often listen to music on your iPhone with some of the best music apps out there, the widget app lets you play your preferred music with your preferred music app with music launchers and even change app icons, labels and stack widgets. Bear in mind that only the premium version of Launcher can let you unlock all the goodies.

Taking everything into account, it’s one of the most useful iPhone widgets right now.

Install: (Free, in-app purchases)

2. Widgetsmith

Boasting a solid collection of widgets, Widgetsmith is one of the most loved iPhone home screen widgets. As the widgets are fully customizable, you can fine-tune them in line with your preference. For instance, you can dynamically schedule your custom widgets to show weather information in the morning, calendar during the workday, and the super handy activity ring progress (requires Apple Watch) in the evening.

Widgetsmith

Bear in mind that if you want to unlock all the cool features like access to tide and weather-hosted data of this feature-packed iOS home screen widget app, you will need to upgrade to the premium version of the widget app.

Install: (Free, $1.99/month)

3. Photo Widget: Simple

While the Apple Photos app widget is quite useful, it doesn’t offer much customization. The stock photos widget app picks up featured images on its own, which can at times be annoying especially if you don’t want those images to show up on the home screen. Sure you can remove images from featured images in the stock photos widget, but it’s still an annoyance. And this is where a pretty nice third-party iPhone photos widget comes into play. Using Photo Widget: Simple, you can create an album of images and set the desired refresh interval so that they will automatically cycle through. And if you ever wish to hide any specific ones, you can do so without breaking any sweat. Keeping in mind these notable features, Photo Widget: Simple deserves to be rated as one of the best free iOS home screen widgets.

Photos Widget

Install: (Free)

4. Smart Stack

There is a lot to like about Smart Stack. Probably the best part about it is the ability to show information depending on how you use your iPhone. For instance, the widget will display podcasts during the time when you like to catch up with your podcasts and show reminders at the time when you prefer to check what’s lined up for you.

Smart Stack

Interestingly, it’s the combination of several app widgets including Photos, Music, Reminders, Weather, Calendar. Oh yes, it also includes Siri Suggestions. You can scroll through the widgets to take a glance at the essential information right from the home screen. Depending on your needs, you can even customize Smart Stack to suit your needs better. For instance, you can rearrange the order of the widgets and even remove the unwanted ones.

Comes Pre-installed 

5. Apollo for Reddit

Widely considered as the best Reddit app, Apollo is designed for the folks who want to keep a tab on their subreddits right with utmost ease. Apollo iPhone home screen widget sports a simple and lightweight design. Interestingly, it comes in several different sizes and designs to suit your needs better. I have found the “Posts Grid Widget” quite impressive as it shows multiple posts in a grid from a feed of your choosing. If you love to keep a tab on the trending images of a subreddit, Apollo’s wallpaper widget should win you over right away.

Apollo Reddit app widget

Install: (Free, $0.99/month for premium version)

6. ScreenKit

ScreenKit is more than just a simple widget app. If you are in quest of a full-on iPhone home screen customization app, you shouldn’t fail to try it out. Featuring over 5000 beautifully designed icons, more than 500 stunning themes and widgets, the app can let you design your iPhone home screen to your heart’s liking. The widgets are available in several different categories including clock, countdown, battery, date, calendar, and more. So, you’ve got the flexibility to adorn the home screen with a variety of widgets. Furthermore, it also features a handy icon change to create custom app icons for your iOS device.

ScreenKit

Install: (Free, $2.49 for ScreenKit+ with VIP)

7. Weather

Another very useful widget that I always love to have is the weather widget which shows me the current weather information at a glance. Yeah, no more digging into the weather app just to keep a track of the essential weather information like temperature or air quality index. And if own an iPad and are not using any third-party iPad weather apps, the weather widget is the best way to access weather information.

Weather widget

That said, although the built-in weather widget is more than capable to live up to the task, third-party weather apps for iPhone such as Carrot Weather ($4.99) and Hey Weather (free) are more user-friendly. Besides, they also provide way more customization so that you can choose to pop up the preferred information.

Comes Pre-installed 

8. Soor Music Player

Soor is an elegant app and a solid music player for iPhone designed to enhance your Apple Music listening experience. The app is integrated with Apple’s music streaming service to let you play, add, and share songs from the huge library of over 75 million songs. As for the user interface, it’s fully customizable so that you can fine-tune it according to your taste. Moreover, you also have light, dark, and black themes to customize the interface in accordance with your preference.

Soor Music player

As for Soor music player widgets, they are vibrant. You can use the widgets to catch up with the top playlists, recently played tracks, and favorite artists with ease. Though the Soor music player is quite pricey at $7, it has got the features to live up to the high billing.

Install: ($6.99)

9. Batteries

Simply put, “Batteries” is one of the best iPhone widgets, which makes it pretty straightforward to keep a tab on the battery life of the iPhone but also connected Bluetooth devices like AirPods or AirPods 2.

Batteries widget

So, if you wish to track the battery life of your devices right from the widgets panel, you shouldn’t miss out on this one. What’s more, it comes pre-installed, therefore you don’t need to install any third-party app or even spend bucks to get started.

Comes Pre-installed

10. Advanced Battery Widget & Usage Monitor

Just in case you want to keep a tab on essential information like a battery, storage, screen brightness, storage, and memory, Battery Widget & Usage Monitor is the one you should use. The widget is fully customizable and lets you track hardware information with ease.

advanced battery widgetFurthermore, you can also use this widget to track network information like Wi-Fi network and cellular data network connection status. The developer has promised that the data insights and operating system information are also going to arrive soon. Keep in mind that the freemium version of the widget is limited. And if you want to unlock all the features, you will need to upgrade.

Install: (Free, in-app purchases)

11. Spark Mail

When it comes to dealing with an ever-loading email inbox efficiently, Spark Mail stands out as the best in the business. Readdle’s email client excels in keeping the clutter away from your inbox so that you can focus on the things that matter to you. With Spark, you can connect all of your accounts and track emails right from one spot. If you are fond of this popular email client, I’m sure you would like to give its handy widget a shot. Notably, the widget comes in several different designs so you can choose an ideal design to track emails right from the home screen of your iPhone.

Spark Mail

Install: (Free)

12. Calendar and Reminders

One of my favorite iOS widgets is the calendar widget as it allows me to quickly take a look at my upcoming events. Apart from the built-in calendar app for iOS, most of the other good third-party calendar apps including Fantastical (Free, in-app purchases), BusyCal ($4.99), and more offer widgets.

Reminders widgetIf you want to have a simple calendar/reminders widget, the stock widget can live up to the task. However, if you would like to have more customization, third-party offerings would be the way to go.

Comes Pre-installed 

13. Files

How about having quick access to all files you have recently opened? Well, if you want to have instant access to all the recently used/opened files, you must not miss out on the stock files manager widget.

Files widget

As someone who heavily relies on the stock file manager to manage files on iOS, I find this widget very useful. It saves plenty of time by ensuring the recent files are just a tap away. And I’m sure you may find it equally helpful as well.

Comes pre-installed

14. Color Widgets

For the folks who like to have a wide variety of colorful and fully customizable iOS home screen widgets, Color Widgets appears to be a top bet. The widget app comes with a host of widget designs including analog clock, reminders, countdown, calendar, step count, and more to let you choose a nice one for your iPhone home screen. To ensure you always have a ton of attractive widgets to choose from, the app frequently updates the catalog with all-new widgets. What’s more, you can also create your custom home screen widgets using your photos, fonts, and color scheme for a more personalized experience.

Color Widgets

Install: (Free, pro version starts at $1.99)

15. Fitness

Well, this one is primed for fitness freaks or those who put health and fitness right at the top of their priority list. And if you are one of them, save this iOS widget to help you keep a track of your activity.

Fitness widget

As it’s built-in, you can expect it to work reliably on your iOS device, showing your progress. Thus, you won’t need to dive into the Health app to figure out how well you are performing in the gym and how much effort you still need to put in to accomplish your goal.

Comes pre-installed

16. Fantastical

Fantastical has long been a powerful calendar and task manager app. So, if you are looking for a life beyond Apple’s calendar app, this one could be worth giving a chance. As for the Fantastical widget, it’s well-thought-out and works quite efficiently in letting you keep a track of the things that matter to you. Even better, it also provides an extended 10-day weather forecast to help you keep a track of the weather and plan your outing smartly so that you won’t get caught in bad weather.

Fantastical

Fantastical also offers a handful of impressive widget designs so that you can pick the right one as per your taste. Depending on your needs, you can choose to go with the event list+calendar widget, event list+date widget, or pick the pretty compact quick action widget for a minimalist look.

Install: (Free, premium version starts at $4.99/monthly)

17. Google News

Do you like to keep an eye on the latest happenings to keep yourself updated with everything that matters to you? If the answer is yes, why not add one of the best news apps on iPhone to the Today View so that you can track all the breaking news with the utmost ease.

new Google News widget

Boasting a diverse set of credible publishers, it’s the sort of platform where you can read stories from several topics including technology, politics, sports, entertainment, business, and more. Better still, it’s available for free and supports several languages.

Install: (Free

18. Find My Widget

The Find My app is really useful. You get location updates from people in Find My, and you can use it to track your items. Unfortunately, Find My was missing a home screen widget in iOS 14. However, now that Apple is selling AirTags, the Find My app is getting its own widget as well. With the Find My Widget, you can keep a track of your items, as well as people who are sharing their location with you straight from the home screen of your iPhone.

Find My iOS widget

The widget is available in two different sizes and types. You can use the Find My ‘People’ widget to track people sharing their location with you, or you can use the Find My ‘Items’ widget to track your AirTags and other compatible third-party item trackers. Both these widgets are available in 2×2 and 2×4 sizes.

By the way, if you’re using AirTags, you should check out AirTag tips and tricks, and how to set AirTag to lost mode.

Comes pre-installed

19. WhatsApp

Since most of us use WhatsApp as the default messaging app to stay connected with friends and loved ones, I thought it would be nice to mention its widget. What I really like about the WhatsApp widget for iPhone is that it provides quick access to favorite contacts.

WhatsApp widget

So, just in case you often have to communicate with certain people, you can use the widget to dive into the conversation right from the lock screen of your device. To get started, all you have to do is head over to the widgets library (swipe right to access widgets panel -> Edit button at the bottom -> Customize. Then tap on the “+” button to the left of the WhatsApp widget.) and add it.

Also, if you’re thinking about switching from WhatsApp to Signal or another chat app, you should check out our list of WhatsApp alternatives.

Install: (Free

20. Shortcuts

You probably know that you can launch apps with back tap on iPhone. Plus, with the Shortcuts app, you can do things like downloading Instagram videos, or posting tweets. If you do, chances are pretty high that you would like to have the Shortcuts widget.

Shortcuts widget

With the Shortcuts widget, you can launch your favorite shortcut with just a tap and even quickly access the Shortcuts folder. It’s much better than taking the usual route to add shortcuts to launch or access some of the most frequent hacks. So, do not fail to add it to your special collection of useful iPhone widgets.

Comes Pre-installed 

21. Sticky Notes Widget

One of my favorite widgets is the sticky notes widget as it makes tracking important notes quite straightforward. If you also like the idea of keeping an eye on notes at a glance, Sticky Widgets is for you.

Sticky Notes widget

With this widget, you can show sticky notes right on the home screen of your device and even edit it as and when you want. It’s pretty lightweight and works as expected. More importantly, you don’t need to spend any bucks to get the sticky notes going.

Install: (Free

22. Screen Time

Ever wished to keep a track of the information related to Screen Time a bit faster or for that matter without having to dive into the Settings app on your iPhone? If yes, the Screen Time widget is for you.

Screen Time

With the Screen Time widget, you can keep an eye on your device usage at a glance. The stock widget works pretty well in showing device usage. Moreover, it also comes in multiple sizes so that you can choose the preferred size depending on how much information you want to keep a track of.

Comes Pre-installed

23. Smart Battery Widget

While there is no dearth of useful iPhone battery widgets, Smart Battery Widget has looked more eye-catching to me. Apart from sporting an eye-grabbing design, the widget has a unique way of keeping you informed about how much juice is left in the tank of your iPhone. The widget offers four different real-time estimations such as talk time, gaming time, video playback, and audio playback. Thus, it becomes pretty easy for you to figure out how long can you take your iPhone for a specific task such as watching some of the best Netflix movies or playing your favorite multiplayer iPhone game. Additionally, it also provides the estimations for device storage so that you can remain aware of the storage consumption with ease.

Smart Battery

Install: (Free)

24. Contacts Widget

One of the things I missed with widgets on iOS 14 was the ability to call people straight from the home screen. Well, with iOS 15, Apple has added a Contacts widget that can help solve that problem.

iPhone contacts widget

With the Contacts widget (available in 2×2, 2×4, and 4×4) you can set up the contacts you want to show on your home screen. Then, you can just tap on any contact to see their information, including messages they have sent you, photos of them in your gallery, and more information. Plus, you get handy shortcuts to call them, or FaceTime with them.

Pro-tip: If your contact is on Android, you can now even FaceTime with Android phones.

Comes pre-installed

25. Shazam

If you love music, then you gotta have this widget. Shazam widget does a very simple job. It allows you to identify music playing in the background with just one tap. Perfect for the times where you come across an unknown song and wish to find out more about it.

Shazam widget

Furthermore, Apple has also integrated Shazam with iOS to let you quickly recognize songs right from the Control Center of your device. If you want to give a try to this all-new iOS feature, head over to this hands-on guide.

Install: (Free, in-app purchases)

26. Copied Touch

Copied Touch is a great app that stores a history of your clipboard so that you never miss out on the things that you copied. The app allows you to copy multiple items in succession without the latest copied item overwriting the last one. Its widget gives you quick access to the last couple of copied items so that you can easily paste them back wherever you want.

Copied Touch

It’s also a great place to store quickly copied notes without having to paste them anywhere. I use copied almost on a daily basis on my iPhone and its widget is something that I cannot live without.

Install: ($0.99)

27. Siri Suggestions

Depending on your usage, Siri suggests a handful of apps so that you can launch them with ease. To me, they work as a user-friendly launcher for your favorite apps.

Siri Suggestions widget

If you find Siri suggested apps user-friendly, you would appreciate the Siri Suggestions widget. Just like other widgets, it also comes in multiple sizes. I would suggest you choose the bigger size if you want to have quick access to more apps.

Comes Pre-installed

28. Drafts

“Drafts” is my favorite note-taking app on iOS App Store and I love the quick widgets that come with it. My favorite thing about Drafts is that it allows me to quickly jot down notes. Whether I want to quickly capture written notes, paste something that I copied or record a voice note, Drafts’ widget gives me quick access to all these actions.

Drafts

If you are a paid subscriber, Drafts allows you to use even more types of widgets that are specifically designed to help you get to your notes quickly. Even if you don’t use Drafts, check if your note-taking app comes with a widget or not.

Notably, most of the popular note-taking apps including Apple Notes, Evernote (free), and more come with quite useful widgets.

Install: (Free, in-app purchases)

29. ESPN

This one is for all you sports lovers out there. ESPN’s widget allows users to keep track of their favorite team standings and follow their current matches in real-time. I love the ESPN app and follow all my favorite sports teams on it.

ESPN widget

The widget is great since it lets me take a quick look and find out how my favorite teams are doing. Even if you are not using ESPN, chances are that your favorite sports app comes with a widget that you can use to keep track of your teams.

Install: (Free, in-app purchases)

30. Chrome Suggested Sites

Every time you want to access some of the coolest and most interesting websites online, you don’t need to take the usual routes. You guessed it! With the Chrome Suggested Sites iOS widget ready at your disposal, you can quickly access some of the sites which you visit frequently right from the Today View screen.

Google Chrome widget

The web browser keeps a tab on your browsing history and offers suggestions accordingly, thereby making it incredibly straightforward to access certain sites. Considering how handy this widget is, I wouldn’t be surprised if you lock it in your special collection of cool iOS widgets for iPhone and iPad.

Install: (Free)

31. Game Center Widget

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of changes in the way we connect, and playing games together with friends online is one of the few ways to unwind and hang out, albeit virtually, with friends. If you use Apple’s Game Center to play together with friends and keep a track of your trophies and more, the new Game Center widget can come in handy for you.

Game Center iPhone home screen widget

With this widget, you can continue playing games you have played recently. Or, you can discover which games your friends are playing on their iPhones and start playing those games as well.

Comes pre-installed

32. DataMan – Data Usage Widget

If you fail to keep a tab on the data usage of the limited bandwidth, it may often run out of steam abruptly – well before the deadline. While there are a number of data tracking apps, not all of them let you track data consumption with ease. But bother not, this is where DataMan has a role to play.

DataMan

The data usage widget makes the process of tracking data consumption on iOS a straightforward task. And that too right from the home screen of your iPhone. So, the next time you wish to check out how much data is left in the tank before kickstarting a long video-streaming session or getting into extensive browsing, the home screen data usage widget will update you at just a glance.

What’s more, DataMan widget also sends custom usage alerts to keep you in the loop about when you will hit your data cap. If you’re one to use a lot of useful iPhone shortcuts, the app also offers Siri shortcut to let you get the data usage forecast just by asking Siri.

Install: ($0.99

33. Google Photos

Without undermining Apple Photos, I would like to say that Google Photos remains the most loved photo and video storage platform across platforms. So, it’s heartening to see Google Photos adding ‘Your memories’ to iOS 15 home screen widgets.

Google Photos

With the memories widgets, you can take a glance at the recently highlighted shots and fascinating moments. Notably, each widget shows the time when a specific shot was captured, making you travel back in time in a delightful way.

To get Google Photos’ cool “Your memories’ widget, simply touch and hold an empty screen and hit the “+” button, and choose Google Photos. Then select the preferred size and hit the Add Widget button.

Install: (Free

34. Headspace

Meditation is the best way to kill stress and attain much-needed peace of mind. And for this purpose, look no further than Headspace which is one of the best meditation apps for iPhone. The app has an ever-growing library of guided meditations on everything from relaxing the mind to killing stress to discovering the secret of a happy life. To ensure you can find time for meditation even during a hectic schedule, it provides short sessions ( 1/3 minutes). Interestingly, Headspace also offers calming stories that you would enjoy listening to during meditation. With Headspace widgets, you can get helpful suggestions and kickstart a peaceful meditation session quickly.

Headspace iOS widget

Install: (Free, $12.99/month for premium version)

35. Google Assistant

Agreed, Google Assistant doesn’t work as efficiently on iOS as it does on Android due to the imposed restrictions. However, Google’s virtual assistant is still more than capable to give strong competition to Siri and there are a lot of useful Google Assistant commands that you can use. From letting you check weather updates to track the latest news or tell bone-tickling jokes, the virtual assistant can do a lot more than what you think.

Google Photos widget

So, if you want to get the most out of Google Assistant, make sure to add it to the lock screen. To bring this useful iPhone widget into action, head into the lock screen widgets library and add it.

Once it has been added to the widgets panel, all you need to do to get into the conversation is just tap on the tiny microphone button.

Install: (Free

36. Google Maps

Apple is great at making many things. Sadly, Maps has not been one of them. Google Maps is still leaps and bounds better than Apple Maps, especially if you are living outside the US.  There are a lot of useful Google Maps tricks; plus, Google Maps gives you access to a number of useful widgets as well.

Google Maps widget

You can use a widget that shows you the traffic in your area, or one that shows you the time it will take to reach your destination or any of the other three widgets. I generally tend to use the one that shows me the travel time as it helps me leave on time. You can see all the five widgets that Google Maps offers in the picture below.

Install: (free)

37. widgetopia Widgets + Weather‬

Developed by the same team as WatchMaker (a great place to look for customised Apple Watch faces), widgetopia has got probably the largest collection of widgets. With over 1000 widgets, the app ensures you have a wide variety of widgets to try. So, whether you want to put total steps at the forefront or give countdown more attention or decide to be in sync with the upcoming events by showing calendars/agenda, the app has got you fully covered.

widgetopia Widgets + Weather

What’s more, widgetopia also comes with several design tools that you can use to craft custom widgets for a personalized experience. Notably, it has got transparent widgets as well.

Install: (free)

38. Sleep Widget

With iOS 15 and watchOS 8, the native sleep detection in Apple Watch is getting more powerful. You can now track your sleeping respiratory rate on Apple Watch. And if you’re deep into keeping track of your health with workout apps and more, the new sleep widget can be a useful addition.

Sleep iPhone widget

As the name suggests, with this widget you can get an overview of how much you slept last night. Plus, you can tap on the widget to open up the Sleep section within the Health app and view other metrics such as your respiratory rate, blood oxygen level, and more information about your sleep.

Comes pre-installed

39. Mail App

It may not be considered the best email app out there, but the default Mail app on iPhone is pretty powerful and useful. And now, it even has its own home screen widget, which makes using it easier than ever.

Apple Mail widget for iOS

With the Mail app widget, you can choose from two different sizes (2×4, 4×4) and add them to your home screen. The widget can show you your emails from the selected mailbox, and you can even tap on a particular email to open it straight away in the Mail app. It’s useful and takes away a couple of steps from opening new emails within the Mail app.

Comes pre-installed

40. Spotify

Swedish music streaming giant Spotify (with over 365 million active users) remains by far one of the best music streaming apps out there. So, it’s worth taking note of Spotify’s newly launched iOS home screen widget.

Spotify

Using the widget, you can access recently played playlists, artists, albums, and podcasts right from the home screen. Hence, streaming the recently played songs or your favorite podcasts would be quite straightforward.

Though currently, the Spotify widget doesn’t offer much customization, I hope it adds a few design tools for fun-loving customization sooner than later.

Install: (free)

Best iOS Widgets to Make the Most of Your iPhone

That ends our list of the 40 best iOS widgets that you can use to get the most out of your iPhone. I would recommend that you choose the five best widgets and stick to them as having too many widgets defeats the purpose of simplicity and quick action time.

Do check out the list and let us know your favorite iOS widgets by writing in the comments section below. Besides, also tip us about any other useful widgets that are worth mentioning in the above roundup.

8 Comments

  1. In My iPhone there is No Fitness App pre Installed kindly Give me the Idea, How to Install It?

  2. Did you even check if all these are iOS 14 widgets? I’m pretty sure Google Assistant and Goode News don’t have iOS 14 widgets.

  3. I can’t find out how to install ‘google assistant’ widget (others no problem), anyone can help me, please?

  4. I clicked on this to read about widgets I’ve never heard of. Instead half of the list was the stock widgets, which isn’t helpful because I have already decided which stock ones I want to use and which ones I don’t.

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