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Using Widgetsmith for iOS 14 Home Screen Widgets

If one thing is clear after last week’s release of iOS 14, it was that there was a huge demand for home screen widgets piling up on the iPhone. A variety of third-party applications have added support for widgets to the home screen in the past few days, but one app was different from the others: Widgetsmith.

Widgetsmith comes from David Smith, the developer of several popular Apple Watch and iPhone apps, including Watchsmith, Sleep ++, and Pedometer ++. The concept of Widgetsmith is that you can create custom and personalized widgets for your iOS 14 home screen. This is how it works.

Handy: Widgetsmith for iOS 14 home screen widgets

There are three different widget sizes to choose from in the Widgetsmith app on your iPhone: small, medium, and large. Each widget can display a variety of information and can be customized with different font styles and colors, tint colors, and background colors.

The process is incredibly simple. Just click the “Add”

; button for the size of the widget you want to create, then tap the widget to customize it.

The first decision you need to make is what kind of information you want the widget to display on your home screen. Here are the data sources available in Widgetsmith:

  • time
  • date
  • Custom: Photo, Photos in Album, Custom Text, Blank
  • calendar
  • memories
  • Weather
  • Health & Activity
  • tide
  • astronomy

Within each data type there are different options for viewing the data type you selected. From there, you have additional customization options, including the font style, hue, and background color. The result can be as colorful and aesthetically pleasing, or as informative as you want it to be.

Once you’ve designed the iOS 14 home screen widget in the Widgetsmith app, you can go back to your home screen, long press all jiggle mode, and then tap the “+” icon in the top left corner. Find Widgetsmith in the list of apps, then select the size of the widget you created.

A handful of iOS 14 home screen screenshots sent to me by friends and family since iOS 14 was released:

Your iOS 14 home screen lets you use as many widgets from Widgetsmith as you want. When you’ve added the Widgetsmith size to your home screen, long press, select “Edit Widget” and select the “Widget” option to choose from the multiple themes you created in the Widgetsmith app. In fact, every widget on your iOS 14 home screen could come from Widgetsmith if you want.

Widgetsmith also supports scheduled widgets that allow you to replace the widget on your home screen at a specific time of the day. For example, you can view the current date until the working day is up and then let Widgetsmith automatically change the widgets to see what’s on your calendar for the next day.

Go viral

Since I started working on this story last week, Widgetsmith has grown in popularity and soared to the top of the App Store charts. The customization and personalization options in Widgetsmith have proven to be incredibly popular. This is testament not only to the power of Widgetsmith, but also to the pent-up demand for additional customization options for the iOS home screen.

The app was viralized several times on TikTok. Widgetsmith served as the foundation for TikTok walkthroughs on how to turn your iOS 14 home screen into an “aesthetic AF”. In these TikTok videos, you can see how powerful Widgetsmith is, and how creative iOS 14 users are with their home screen designs.

My implementation of Widgetsmith is a lot easier than many of the TikTok viral videos, but this is great evidence of the app’s versatility. Whether you want to create a specific “aesthetic” for the iOS 14 home screen or use it as a tool to add additional information to your home screen, all required boxes can be ticked. Again, there’s even support for scheduling specific widgets based on the time of day.

One caveat for me is that iOS 14 widgets only launch the app where it was created. For example, you can use the Widgetsmith Activity Ring widget, but the data will open in the Widgetsmith app as opposed to the built-in iOS Fitness app. This is a limitation of iOS 14 itself and not Widgetsmith specifically, but I hope Apple changes this in the future.

Widgetsmith is a free download from the App Store. Certain features that require a server cost require an in-app subscription. The same subscription can be shared with Watchsmith, so you can give your Apple Watch face the same treatment as your iOS 14 home screen.

Have you already tried Widgetsmith on your iOS 14 home screen? What are your favorite designs? Let us know in the comments!

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