Best widgets for iPhone

Because widgets are so accessible, they make it easy for you to check the latest news or sports scores, check your reminders or delivery status, make some calculations or swap clipboards. Unlike notifications, widgets are always there, right in the Today view of Notification Center, ready and waiting for whenever you need them. All you have to do is enable them and you're on you're way.

So, which widgets are the very best? Which widgets should you enable right now?

1. Fantastical 2

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Best widgets for iPhone

For calendars and reminders

Fantastical 2 combines your calendar and reminders into one sleek, easy to use, completely interactive widget. Tap on any date and instantly see what you've got scheduled for that day. Tap and hold on any date and go straight to the app and start adding an appointment.

3. Clips

Best widgets for iPhone

For multiple clipboards

Clips lets you add and retrieve snippest of text. It's like having multiple clipboard ready to copy and paste whenever and where ever you want.

4. Pedometer++

Best widgets for iPhone

For your steps, counted

The Pedometer++ widget shows you how many steps you've taken and how many flights of stairs you've climbed on any give day. Tap the info button, and the app will give you your totals going back through time.

5. Deliveries

Best widgets for iPhone

For online shoppers

The deliveries widget shows you all the Apple, Amazon, Fedex, UPS, and other packages you're expecting, when they're expected to arrive, and their last known status. All at a glance.

6. Dark Sky

Best widgets for iPhone

For weather watchers

If the weather in Apple's Today summary isn't enough, Dark Sky will show you what you can expect for the next hour based on your current location.

7. PCalc

Best widgets for iPhone

For quick calculations

The PCalc widget puts all the basics of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and percentages, all in Notification Center. It even lets you toggle between open (full calculator) and closed (last result only) so you can save Today view space if you want to.

8. TeeVee 3

Best widgets for iPhone

For a TV guide

The TeeVee 3 widget lets you know all the shows you care about coming up up next on all the networks available to you. That way, you can double check the schedule and your viewing plans with just a swipe.

9. ETA

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For travelers

The ETA widget keeps all your frequent travel destination available to you, driving or walking, along with the time it will take you to get there. Tap one and you'll be taken to navigation directions to make sure you get there.

10. ESPN

Best widgets for iPhone

For sports fans

The ESPN widget lets you know what games are on, what games are coming up, and what the final scores were for games that have just completed. It's the sports page in Notification Center form!

11. Philips Hue

Best widgets for iPhone

*For remote controllers**

Hue's Today view widget lets you keep all your favorite light settings available all the time, from anywhere on your iPhone. Say goodbye to hunting for the app and switching tabs while you stumble around in the dark!

12. Musixmatch

Best widgets for iPhone

For instant karaoke

The Musixmatch widget gives you instant access to music identification and song lyrics with a single swipe. Perfect for any time you're about to take the stage, whether at home or at karaoke night.

13. Writing Aid

Best widgets for iPhone

For your word of the day

The Writing Day widget gives you a new word each day so that you can learn it and add it to your vocabulary each day. Given how many tweets, snaps, statuses, and instas are the same, I speak for everyone when I say — spice it up!

14. Sky Guide

Best widgets for iPhone

For astronomy lovers

The Sky Guide widget gives you rise and set times for the sun, the moon, and a few of the planets. If you want to keep track of the heavens, this'll let you know when best to do it.

Your favorites?

Those are our favorite Today view widgets for Notification Center right now. Which widgets do you have currently installed and why? And if we missed any of them, please let us know about them in the comments below!

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25 Comments
  • I prefer Weather Underground to Dark Sky or Sky Guide, but overall this list is great! I'm always looking for new widgets to drop or replace.
  • Thanks for the list. I will have to give a few of these a try. My favorite is launcher, but I don't think it's available in the App Store anymore.
  • Actually not as big on widgets as I was when iOS 7 came out. Fantastical 2 is tops, just below my daily widget. Other two I use are Evernote and Strava. Tried the Clips widget for a few days, but ultimately opted for the included keyboard instead. Stacks (currency converter) is one I add when I travel. It's got a "denominations" widget that's pretty handy.
  • I like the widgets of iTranslate (instant translation of all copied words), Evernote, WeatherPro, Netatmo and TV Pro (German TV).
  • I like what Things did for GTD/task management.
  • Thanks for this great list Allyson. There are also:
    -Twitter timeline widget (lets you interact with your Twitter feeds)
    -Cheatsheet (add any information on your notification center)
    -Living Earth, definitely one of the most beautiful iOS apps for the weather!
  • Allyson thanks for the great list I already use a few of them. My current favorite is an app called ATracker it looks really good as a widget colourful easy to use and very informative.
  • I love the 'Sticky Notes HD' app widget. It provides all your notes from the widget in a simple and practical way!!!!! Just can't live without it!!! Plus it's FREE!!! Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • No mention of BeWeather2 or Super Calendar? Really? Super Calendar makes Fantastical look amateurish.
  • Great review Ally, but the implementation Apple made of widgets is so lame I forget they even exist.
  • Also Next Episode, StepCount, MemoNotepad, and a widget called Today Is got no mention.
  • R.I.P. Launcher widget
  • sorry but how do I get fantastical to do that on the notification page? never mind found it!
  • Tried both the ESPN and yahoo sports widgets. I like the yahoo one better as you see all at once vs. 2 at a time.
  • The widgets listed in this blog posting aren't the 'best' ones for each category. For TV listings, 'Next Episode' has a much more comprehensive widget, with the ability to view your personalized listings for today, tomorrow, yesterday, or 'next' which lists 4 days worth of episodes.
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/next-episode-track-tv-shows/id347009526?... eWeather HD has 2 available Today Plugins. One which shows current weather plus a 6-day forecast and a 2nd plugin that displays an analog weather clock with 12 hours of hourly weather info, complete with a moving second hand.
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eweather-hd-weather-forecast/id401533966... Pocket Informant has a Today Plugin, however, Fantastical's >is< more useful. When it comes to the app itself though, Fantastical doesn't approach the usefulness of Pocket Informant.
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocket-informant-calendar/id380732176?mt...
  • Ad warning! I created this app:) ScreenShare has a widget to select recent screenshots and then do some stuff with them:
    https://itunes.apple.com/app/id949213662?at=10l3Vy
  • I use an app called "Thermo Today" to have Nest status and control from the Notification Center. http://thermotoday.com
  • How about a Tweetbot live Twitter feed for widget? An interactive one ofc. Sent from the iMore App
  • I wanted widgets to be useful and I loaded up a bunch of them but... I never use them, never see them. Utterly not useful to me.
  • Accuweather app does it for me every time. Sent from the iMore App
  • eWeather HD provides two widgets with unique visualization of weather - 24-hour animated clock with hourly weather forecast and current conditions & up to 10-day weather reports. In addition to the widgets the app provides push alerts, temperature on