Explore the world of custom iPhone widgets

Screenshot: Kamosh Pathak

You’ve probably seen iPhone home screens that look like cold, with dynamic text, fun images, and custom icons… but even with the new iOS 16 lock screen editor, there’s no way to use Apple’s built-in tools to create them. For that, you will have to look outside.

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to turn a boring iPhone home screen into something interesting and fun, without getting into the whole “home screen aesthetic” thing. All you need is a custom widget app like Widgy.

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You can create your own graphic widget from scratch using the app’s Photoshop-like editor, but that’s quite time consuming. Instead, you can use the power of the Internet community to work your way up a beautiful home screen. The app has a browse page where you can import any widget you want; And what’s even better is that there’s a thriving community on Reddit where users share links and code for their own widget creations, so you can borrow from those that have come before you. Setting things up can be a bit tricky, but hang in there because the results are spectacular.

How to set up a Widgy widget on your iPhone home screen

If you want, you can go to the To create section to build the entire widget from a blank canvas, but there’s a much easier way to get started. Go to the Explore page, scroll through the popular widgets and choose one you like. From the details page, tap the Import button to add it to your collection.

Go to the To create and you will find the widget in the Imported section. Open it and tap the button Edit button to enter the full editor. Here, you can tap on any item to edit its position, color, size, and more. When you’re happy, touch the behind button to save changes.

Screenshot: Kamosh Pathak

Screenshot: Kamosh Pathak

Then assign the widget to a slot. Go to the Manage tab, find the appropriate widget size and tap an empty slot. Then choose the imported widget, finish the position on the screen and you are ready to go. (Using the free version, you can create an unlimited number of widgets, but you can only use one widget spot. If you spend $4.99, you’ll go over those limits.)

From the home screen, touch and hold the empty part of the screen to enter editing mode. Tap on the More and add the appropriate Widgy widget (for me, that was “Big #1”.) And there you have it, a transformed home screen.

How to import a Widgy widget

Consider this just the beginning of your Widgy journey: you should spend some time exploring all the wonderful widgets the community creates (by integrating calendar, weather, tasks, and more). You’ll find the best stuff in r/Widgy and r/iOSsetups.

Widgy widgets can be imported in several ways. Users can share QR codes created specifically for Widgy, or you can enter a simple URL. You will find both options in the image, the description or the comments. Open the Widgy app, go to To create > to import to see all the options. You can directly scan a QR code, and if necessary, you can also import via URL or JSON file.

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