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Create Cool Widgets With Widgetsmith

This app takes Home Screen customization to the next level.

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With iOS 14 comes the ability to add widgets directly to your Home Screen. And the go-to app for tailoring them to suit your style is the hugely popular Widgetsmith. Here are three easy tweaks to start.

1. Add a photo

Adorn your Home Screen with your favorite photo.

  • On the Widgets tab, tap Add Small Widget, Add Medium Widget, or Add Large Widget, then select the one you just created. (It’ll have a name like “Medium #2.”)
  • Tap Default Widget; then, in the Style section, scroll down to the Custom header and tap Photos in Album.
  • Tap Selected Photo at the bottom of the screen, then tap Choose Photo.
  • Pick your best family/cat/vacation/brunch pic.
  • Tap Adjust Image Alignment if you want to tweak the crop.
  • Tap the name of your widget at the top left of the screen to go return to the previous screen.
  • Use the Tap to Rename button to give your fancy new widget a memorable moniker.
  • Tap Save.
  • See below to add your widget to your Home Screen.

2. Customize your calendar

Always dreamed of seeing your upcoming appointments displayed in hot-pink Futura? Widgetsmith makes it possible.

  • On the Widgets tab, tap Add Small Widget, Add Medium Widget, or Add Large Widget, then select the one you just created. (It’ll have a name like “Medium #2.”)
  • Tap Default Widget; then, in the Style section, scroll down to the Calendar header and tap Upcoming Events.
  • Tap either Font, Tint Color, Background Color, or Border Color at the bottom of the screen and adjust to get the look you want.
  • Tap the name of your widget at the top left of the screen to return to the previous screen.
  • Use the Tap to Rename button to give your fancy new widget a memorable moniker.
  • Tap Save.
  • See below to add your widget to your Home Screen.

3. See the sea and the stars

Widgetsmith has Apple Watch–esque widgets that keep you updated on the tides, sunrise and sunset, and moon phases.

  • On the Widgets tab, tap Add Small Widget or Add Medium Widget, then select the widget you just created. (It’ll have a name like ”Medium #2.)
  • Tap Default Widget, then scroll down and tap the option you want under the Tides or Astronomy Style section.
  • Tap either Font, Tint Color, Background Color, or Border Color at the bottom of the screen and adjust to get the look you want.
  • Tap the name of your widget at the top left of the screen to return to the previous screen.
  • Use the Tap to Rename button to give your fancy new widget a memorable moniker.
  • Tap Save.
  • See below to add your widget to your Home Screen.

How to add your new widgets to your Home Screen

Now that you’ve created a custom widget, the next step is to add it to your Home Screen. Here’s how:

  • Touch and hold anywhere on the Home Screen until your apps start to jiggle.
  • Tap the plus sign at the top of the screen. If you’re on iPad and the plus sign isn’t visible, swipe right over the screen. Then tap the plus sign.
  • Scroll down and select Widgetsmith.
  • Swipe to the size of the widget you just created, then tap Add Widget.
  • To reposition the widget, drag it to where you want it.
  • Tap Done.
  • Tap and hold the widget you just added, then tap Edit Widget.
  • Tap Widget, then select the name of the widget you just created.
  • Tap anywhere outside of the window to return to your Home Screen.

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