Photo Widget — The Best One 4+

Photo home screen widgets

Sindre Sorhus

Designed for iPad

    • 4.6 • 543 Ratings
    • Free



Put photos on your home screen using widgets.

Create as many photo widgets as you like with one or more photos per widget. If you choose more than one photo, it will change photos on a time interval (which can be customized in the settings). Each widget can have separate photos. You can also show photos from an album in your photo library.

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■ Features

- Widgets with a single photo.
- Widgets with multiple photos that change on an interval (slideshow).
- Widgets showing photos from an album in your photo library (slideshow).
- Three widget sizes.
- Import photos from the photo library or the file system.
- Tapping a widget can either show a larger preview of the photo, open a URL, or run a shortcut.
- The “Album” widget has a setting to show a random photo only from the most recent `n` photos in the album, where `n` is the number you choose.

■ How it works

First, decide whether you want to select the individual photos to show (1) or just choose an existing album from your photo library (2).

1. Add photos to the app which you can later choose from in a widget. Then add the “Photo Widget” widget with the “Photos” type and edit the widget to pick the photos to show.

2. Add the “Photo Widget” widget with the “Album” type and edit it to choose the album.

■ Limitation

If you make two or more widgets of the same size where all of them are set to show all the photos or the same album, they will show photos in the same order. This is a limitation in the iOS widget system. You can work around this by giving the widgets unique names in the widget configuration.

■ Tip

If you have a widget that cycles between photos and you want to force it to skip to the next photo, long-press the widget, select “Edit Widget”, and then close the edit view. The widget should now have a new photo.


〉 How do I add a widget to the home screen?

When on the home screen, long-press on the background (not on any icons), press the top-left “+” button, and select “Photo Widget”.

〉 How do I edit a widget?

When on the home screen, long-press on the widget, and select “Edit Widget”.

〉 Why can I only add 100 photos to the app?

This is because of a technical limitation in the iOS widget system. Hopefully, it can be increased in the future. It should be enough for most users though.

If you use the “Album” widget, there’s no limit to the number of photos.

〉 How can I hide the name of the app shown below the widget?

This is not possible. App developers have no way to hide it.

〉 How is this different from the built-in “Photos” widget?

The built-in widget only shows photos from “Memories” and “Featured Photos” in your photo library. There is no way to customize it or pick the photos to be shown.

〉 Can I show an animated GIF in a widget?

This is not possible.

〉 Why is this app free without ads?

I just enjoy making apps. I earn money on other apps.

What’s New

Version 1.10.2

- Bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
543 Ratings

543 Ratings

AertoneFX ,

Unexpectedly awesome app!

Where do I begin? This app is simply fantastic. When you first open the app you are greeted with a miniature, optional tutorial on how to setup a photo for your widget. The guide for setting up widgets with this app is very simple to follow for those unaware with the process. Adding images is super easy and changing/creating new photo widgets is a breeze. On top of having amazing simplicity and elegance enclosed within such a minimalistic app, unlike other, similar apps, the developer has made it so that no data is collected from the app, which makes the experience of this app that much better. And to add a cherry to the top of the Ice Cream Sundae that is this app, the developer kindly offers this app free with no ads. Definitely a must have app if you want to display your favorite photos on your Home Screen!

Maui Kid ,

Any chance?

Would be nice if you could delete the images from your photos, and the app would retain the image to cycle through the widget. There is another photo widget app that does this, however overall this app is better in quality. This is the BEST photo album widget app in the Apple Store. It works as intended and there are frequent updates. I think I have tried all the apps and by far this is the best!!

Itzama Amaro ,

You can run shortcuts

Is the app I was looking for, it’s easy and simple and it can run shortcuts. I just would like that it doesn’t open the app by itself and then open shortcuts , it will be nice to do this process on the background. Anyway I think it’s because apple’s limitations, and maybe it can be correct in the future. Anyway, this app is awesome 👏🏽

Developer Response ,

This is indeed because of iOS and widget limitations. I too would like shortcuts to just run in the background.

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