What you need to know
- Sticky Widgets 3.0 is a huge update to an already great way to put text on your Home screen.
- Users can now create lists that live in their widgets for the first time.
- Shortcuts support means users can read and create notes using a shortcut.
The popular Sticky Widgets has a big version 3.0 update out and it adds some much-requested features and improvements. The app allows users to put iOS 14 widgets onto their Home screen and then fill them with text. Now, that text includes support for lists.
I'm told by developer Tyler Hillsman that lists are the most requested feature addition and version 3.0 brings them. Alongside creating free-form notes, users can now create lists that can be checked off as needed — perfect for putting a little shopping list onto your iPhone's Home screen.
There are plenty of interface and usability improvements as well, starting with the ability to set a widget using a note's name rather than its unique number — something that's a big improvement here. iCloud syncing is now better and more reliable than before, while the entire app has "had a touch up" with the new note editor looking very modern thanks to its edge-to-edge design.
Power users will enjoy the new Shortcuts support, with users able to update notes directly from a shortcut. What's more, Shortcuts can read the content of a note, too.
The newly updated Sticky Widgets 3.0 is available for download from the App Store (opens in new tab) now. It's a free download with an optional $2.99 in-app purchase unlocking all of the cool note customization options.
I've been a fan of Sticky Widgets since it arrived in the App Store in September of last year and still use it to this day. This new update will just mean I use it for more stuff than before! This is undoubtedly the best iPhone app for putting text onto your Home screen right now.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
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