Get Organised with Widgets on your iPhone with iOS10

The new iOS10 update arrived along side the release of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and with the operating system came a new hub for widgets. Read on to find out more about iPhone widgets and how they can turn you into an organisational wizard.

What is a Widget?

A Widget is simply an app extension that offers a quick glance at important information without you having to actually open a single app.

Where can I find the Widgets on iOS 10?

Simply swipe left on the lock page or home screen to locate the Widget hub.  Things have become a lot easier thanks to the time-saving features on the update, including Raise to Wake so you’ll be able to quickly and easily glance at all of your notifications, your widgets and Control Centre with just a swipe or a press.

What can I do with Widgets?

Widgets offer a wealth of opportunities, from checking the weather, your reminders, events on your calendar or the battery levels on connected devices. You can even perform common tasks, such as a phone call etc direct from the Widgets. Like your app usage, it’s all about tailoring the widgets to your personal needs and finding what works for you.

iOS10 Widgets

How do I get started with Widgets on iOS10?

If you have a 3D touch enabled device (iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, or iPhone 7 Plus), you can use 3D Touch to add new widgets offered by your installed apps. Simply press down on your chosen app icon and you’ll see the Widget module underneath or above the Quick Actions. You’ll then have the option to  “Add Widget” on the top right.

If your have an iPhone 6 or below without 3D Touch, simply access new widgets by going to your widgets page and hitting “Edit.”

Third Party Apps with Widgets that we recommend:

Apple’s own widgets are pretty good and cover the essentials, including music, weather, Siri suggestions (your most used apps) but don’t forget that you can add third party apps to get the most out of the Widget hub. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started:

1. Picniic (free):

 picnicc widget

This is perfect for families with a multi-layered to-do list revolving around extra-curricular activities and play dates. Working as a tool for family management, the Picnicc widget offers a daily snapshot of your family’s schedule.

2. Shazam (free)

shazam widget

By the time you’ve heard a song you need the details of, unlocked your handset and booted up the app you’re likely to have missed the moment. With Shazam’s widget you’ll be finding the name and artist in a second without even having to unlock your device.

3. Amazon (free)

amazon widget

In the Amazon app’s widget you’ll be able to keep an eye on whether your parcel has been delivered yet. Perfect for shopaholics everywhere.

Check out our previous blog outlining 10 Things you should know about iOS10 for more information on the operating system update.


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