Hands-on: Widgetsmith for iOS 14 home screen widgetsIn the Widgetsmith app on your iPhone, there are three different widget sizes to choose from: small, medium, and large. Each widget can display a variety of information and be customized with different font styles and colors, tint colors, and background colors. The process is incredibly straightforward. You simply click the “Add” button for the size of widget you want to create, then tap on the widget to customize it. The first decision you have to make is what sort of information you want the widget to display on your home screen. Here are the data sources available in Widgetsmith:
- Custom: Photo, Photos in Album, Custom Text, Blank
- Health & Activity
Going viralSince I started work on this story last week, Widgetsmith has exploded in popularity and raced to the top of the App Store charts. The customization and personalization options in Widgetsmith have proven to be incredibly popular, which is proof not only of the power of Widgetsmith but also of the pent-up demand additional iOS home screen customization options. The app has gone viral on TikTok multiple times, with Widgetsmith serving as the basis of TikTok walkthroughs on how to make your iOS 14 home screen “aesthetic AF.” In these TikTok videos, you can see just how powerful Widgetsmith is, and just how creative iOS 14 users are being with their home screen designs. My implementation of Widgetsmith is much simpler than many of the viral TikTok videos, but this is a great testament to the versatility of the app. Whether you’re looking to create a certain “aesthetic” for iOS 14 home screen or to use it as a tool to add additional information to your home screen, it can tick all the necessary boxes. Again, there is even support for scheduling specific widgets based on time of day. For me, one limitation is that iOS 14 widgets will only launch the app where it was created. For instance, you can use the Activity Rings widget from Widgetsmith, but it will open the data in the Widgetsmith app as opposed to the built-in iOS Fitness app. This is a limitation of iOS 14 itself rather than Widgetsmith specifically, but it’s something I hope Apple changes in the future . Widgetsmith is a free download on the App Store, with certain features that require server costs requiring an in-app subscription. That same subscription can be shared with Watchsmith, which allows you to give your Apple Watch face the same treatment as your iOS 14 home screen. Have you given Widgetsmith a try on your iOS 14 home screen yet? What are your favorite designs? Let us know down in the comments!
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