Thanks to the iOS 14 update, you can’t only add Widgets to the home screen; you can also create custom widgets on your iPhone.
iPhone home screen used to be a not customizable thing with a fixed look, but now if you got the iOS 14 update, you can now put virtually anything on your home screen. And thanks to third-party apps, you can actually create your own widgets.
Let’s see how to create custom widgets on your iPhone with third-party apps.
How to create custom widgets on your iPhone?
On this guide, we will see how to create custom widgets with the “Widgetsmith” app.
Widgetsmith is a simple app that offers a couple of templates that you can customize. It lets you create widgets for display time, date, calendar, reminders, weather, health stats, tides, astronomy, and photos.
The app is free but Weather and tides sections are part of the paid $1.99/month subscription.
- Open the Widgetsmith app and go to Settings > Permissions.
- Grant permissions for features that you want to use (Reminders, Calendar, or Photos app).
- Go to the “My Widgets” tab and tap the “Add (Size) Widget” for the size of the widget you want to create.
- Tap the widget preview.
- In the “Style” tab, you can see all the different styles for date widgets. Pick a style here. We’re going with the “Day & Date” option.
- Now, tap the “Font” option. We’re going with “SF Mono” here to give the widget a retro look.
- Next up, go to the “Tint Color” section, and choose an accent colour.
- Go to the “Background Color” section. The default option is Black. You can stick to it if you are using an OLED iPhone with a pure black background. It will make your widget look like it’s floating on the screen. For this example, we’re going with the 90 percent option.
- Hit the Back button and rename the widget so that it’s recognizable.
- Tap the “Save” button to save the name and then select “Save” once more to save the widget. The widget is now created.
How to add the widget to the home screen?
To add the widget, go to your iPhone’s home screen and press and hold on an empty part of the screen to enter Jiggle mode. Here, tap the “+” button in the top-left corner.
- Select the Widgetsmith app from the list of widgets.
- Now, scroll over to the Medium widget and tap the “Add Widget” button.
- As this was the most recently-created widget, you should see the Red Date widget here. If it’s not, you can tap on the widget for options.
- choose the “Widget” option.
- From the list, select the custom widget you just created.