Get these great widgets on your Lock screen with iOS 10!
With Apple's iOS 10 update, the iPhone's Lock screen got a whole lot more useful. Without unlocking your iPhone, you can view much more information and even interact with some data in the new widget view. Here are our favorites!
Apple may have added a cool widget to the Calendar app called Up Next, but I still prefer the way the Fantastical 2 widget looks on my Lock screen. It shows your next upcoming event or reminder, with the scheduled time, and also notes if there is anything else going on within a four-hour timeframe. If you have a reminder set, you can tap it to check it off your list right from the Lock screen, without having to open the app. If a reminder is overdue, you'll see a big, red "overdue" message in the widget, so you'll be haunted by it until you finish the task.
If you have a busy life, the Fantastical 2 widget is great for keeping you on-task and reminding you of events in your near future.
Day One Journal
The best way to secure your memories forever is by taking a daily account of your activities and the Day One Journal app is the best for cross-platform, secure journaling. The iPhone and iPad widget features three different actions. You can quickly check in from any location without having to open the app. You can see pictures from previous entries (randomly displayed), and when you tap on one, you will be taken directly to that specific entry. You can also see usage stats, which provides you with information about how many words you've written per day over the past 50 days. These widgets are all separate, so you can have one or all three, right on your Lock screen.
If you actively keep a daily journal, use the Today One widget to help keep you on track and let you seen what you've done in the past.
Sports fans will love the new look of the ESPN Lock screen widget in iOS 10. When you save your favorite teams in the app, you'll get quick access to current scores without having to unlock your screen. So, if you're at a meeting, out to dinner, or trying to pay attention to the real world around you, even though you're dying to find out who is winning the World Series, you can take a peek at the score without missing a beat (that doesn't mean you should use it while driving, though).
Sports fans should definitely add the ESPN widget to their Lock screen, even if they don't have a subscription to the network. Quick access to the game's score is invaluable.
Before you decide to complain about how Launcher can't access settings actions anymore, let me just say that it is still a fantastic widget for launching apps, creating playlists, and visiting websites directly. When you add a launcher shortcut to the widget, you can jump directly to it from the Lock screen. My favorite? Being able to add specific types of communications to my contacts. I like to FaceTime with my mom, Skype with Rene, and use Facebook Messenger to chat with bandmates. Launcher lets you set up an individual communication for individual contacts, which you can quickly jump to by tapping it on the Lock screen. It's fast and easy to set up.
If you have a lot of apps on your device, but only open a handful of them on a regular basis, Launcher makes it easier to get where you need to go without having to flip through your multiple screens.
When it comes to accuracy, Dark Sky is almost magical in its ability to forecast the weather. The Lock screen widget shows the day's highs and lows, plus the chance of rain and what the sky looks like for the next hour. It is perfect during the rainy (or snowy) season. If there is a chance of rain, you'll know before you leave the house. That way, you won't unnecessarily bring an umbrella or leave your raincoat behind when you need it the most.
If you live in a location where the weather changes multiple times per day, the Dark Sky widget will keep you from getting wet.
Workflow is a robust formula (or recipe) app that lets you perform a series of tasks that are triggered by a specific activity. For example, you can upload screenshots to Dropbox with a single tap or search Google for the lyrics to a song you are currently listening to. The Lock screen widget makes it possible for you to quickly access your favorite Workflow recipes at a glance. You can use dictation to create a note, quickly destroy all clipboard copy data, and play your favorite playlist, all with a single tap.
To increase productivity for the activities you perform the most on your iPhone or iPad, get Workflow and set recipes (or formulas) as Lock screen widgets for easy access.
List-makers, take notice. Todoist has a new widget that lets you mark off your Today tasks, right from the lock screen. So, as you are going about your day, getting things done, you can mark off things you've completed. Plus, since you can see the list from the Lock screen, all you have to do is raise-to-wake (if you have that feature) and swipe right to see what's next on your list. There is a shortcut button that takes you directly to creating a new task in the Todoist app, so you can quickly add stuff to your list.
If lists keep you going throughout the day, Todoist on your Lock screen will really make you shine.
Kitchen Stories Recipe of the Day
I love the Recipe of the Day widget from Kitchen stories. I don't always make the dish they pick, but it definitely inspires me. The updated version adds a little something extra to the beautiful photograph. It also shows how long the process will take and what level of cooking or baking skills are recommended. Tap "Show more" to see a list of the topmost ingredients for the recipe. If you like what you see, you can simply tap the widget to unlock your screen and read the entire recipe.
If you like to cook or bake, love to discover new recipes, or want something to inspire you to get into the kitchen, Kitchen Stories' Recipe of the Day widget is for you.
Alto is an email app that has unique organizational tools to help you separate out what's important now, what you can take care of later, and what you might want to have on-hand for a period of time. It also has a dashboard, where email "cards" are displayed that show important information, like flights you've booked, packages you are expecting, and items you've ordered online. The Lock screen widget shows you those cards, plus a couple of pictures from emails in your inbox. The cards are updated as you receive new emails with new information. All of this is viewable, right on the lock screen.
If you want a new way of organizing email and like having your most important travel and shipping information available at a glance, you are going to love Alto.
We are busy people. Almost every moment of our life is planned out and scheduled. We need timers for everything. Timeglass offers a wide variety of timers, including ones for exercising (with interval options), cooking, meditating, and more. You can run multiple timers at the same time, too. The Lock screen widget lets you see those timers while they are running. Keep your favorite timers at the top of the list so you can quickly tap into them after unlocking your iPhone.
Everybody needs a timer and most of us need more than one. Timeglass has it all.
What Lock screen widgets can you not live without? Tell us all about them and why they are so cool in the comments below!
Updated to add more apps that support iOS 10.