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Apple’s new widgets in iOS 10 iOS 10 Is Here! Why You Should Upgrade Right Now iOS 10 Is Here! Why You Should Upgrade Right Now Apple's tenth revision of its mobile operating system is here. This is how to upgrade right now for free. Read More might not seem like a big deal, but developers have already made great use of this new function. Not every app has a great widget, but there are a few must-haves that are just a swipe away.

You can access widgets by swiping right from the lockscreen or homescreen. To edit the widgets you have on your phone, scroll to the bottom of the widget screen and tap Edit.

What Makes iOS 10 Widgets Better?

Widgets have been around in iOS for a while now, but they’ve been constrained to just one part of your phone: the Notification Center. And while that’s not a terribly bad place for them to be, it’s not a great one, either. A lot of iOS users totally ignore the Notification Center Take Control of iOS Notifications on Your iPhone or iPad Take Control of iOS Notifications on Your iPhone or iPad Your iPhone can notify you about just about anything, but left unchecked, this feature can quickly get out of control. Here's how to make notifications useful again. Read More and the addition of widgets wasn’t enough for them to start using it (I was one of those people myself).

But by moving those widgets out of the Notification Center and onto their own screen — and making them accessible from the lockscreen — Apple made them much more useful. They’re easier to get to, and more apps now have widgets available. In short, pretty much everything about widgets is better.

Default iOS 10 Widgets

A number of the native iOS apps have widgets in iOS 10, and some of them are pretty useful. For example, the Notes widget lets you open up any of the last three notes you saved, and lets you create a new text note, photo note, checklist, or hand-drawn note with a single tap. It can be really useful if you use Notes a lot (which you should Should You Be Using Apple's Notes for iOS and OS X? Should You Be Using Apple's Notes for iOS and OS X? For the first time since its release, Apple Notes for both OS X and iOS may be worth considering. Read More ).

iOS 10 Notes Widget

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The Calendar and Reminder Widgets show you what you have coming up soon, which is really useful when you want to get an idea of what’s next on your list without opening up another app. News lets you skim a few headlines with just a swipe over to the widget screen, and Mail gives you an idea of what’s in your inbox. All pretty much things you’d expect.

The Maps widgets can be useful, especially with Apple’s now-much-more-useful Maps Use Your iPhone to Find Nearby Food, Transport & Services Use Your iPhone to Find Nearby Food, Transport & Services In iOS 9, Apple made some big improvements to its Maps app — but how do these stack up against the big names in the map and discovery scene? Read More functions. You can add Maps Destinations, Maps Nearby, and Maps Transit, all of which will help you find and get to where you’re going faster with just a swipe and a tap. The Music widget is also useful for firing up tunes really quickly.

Although the built-in widgets aren’t groundbreaking, they can save you a few seconds and a few taps if you tend to use the native iOS apps a lot. When widgets really come in handy, though, is when you start adding third-party options.

iOS 10 Add Widgets

To see which widgets you can use on your phone, just tap Edit at the bottom of the widget screen, and you’ll be given the option to add, remove, and reorder your available widgets (the iOS widget screen gives you two columns to choose from).

Everyone’s going to have different options based on the apps on their phone, but here are 10 cool widgets you can use on the fly to make your phone more useful.

1. Level Today

There are a lot of budgeting apps 5 Budget Apps You Should Use If You Really Want to Save Money 5 Budget Apps You Should Use If You Really Want to Save Money Here are the most effective budget apps currently available. Pick the one you like best. Read More out there, but few are as simple as Level: you tell it how much you can spend in a month, and it’ll tell you how much you’ve spent so far. When you hit $0, you’ve spent your limit for the month.

iOS 10 Level Today Widget

The Level Today widget shows you the information you need: how much you have left to spend for the month and how much you can spend today if you average your available funds over the rest of the days in the month.

2. IMDb Latest Trailers

If you like seeing what’s new in the movie world, the IMDB app is a must-have. Now you can see the latest trailers without even having to open the app! The widget displays four new trailers for upcoming movies.

iOS 10 IMDb Trailers Widget

Just tap one of the trailers, and the IMDB app will open and play the trailer. Perfect for when you want to burn a minute or two on the bus or in line at the grocery store.

3. Pedometer++

Keeping track of the number of steps you take in a day is a great habit for your health; if you’re taking less than 10,000 steps, you may want to increase your activity level. Pedometer++ is a free pedometer that uses your iPhone to track your steps.

iOS 10 Pedometer Widget

The widget lets you take a quick look at your progress, and you don’t even have to unlock your phone to do it. Easy!

4. Google Maps Transit Time

Want to see how long it’s going to take you to get home or to work from your current location? Just swipe over to the Google Maps Transit Time widget. Select driving or public transit to see how long it’ll take you to get there at this moment.

iOS 10 Google Transit Widget

Of course, you’ll need to have these saved so Google Maps knows where they are — head to Settings > Your Places and add them if you haven’t already.

5. Shazam

Using Shazam to identify a song you don’t know Which Music Identification App Is King? Which Music Identification App Is King? Smartphones armed with music recognition apps make it easy to find out which song is playing at any given time, but which service is best? We compared Shazam, SoundHound and MusicID to find out. Read More is great, but opening the app as quickly as possible is crucial. If you miss it, Shazam’s not going to help. What if you could open it directly from the lockscreen? Now you can!

iOS 10 Shazam Widget

Just flip from your lockscreen over to the widgets and hit the Shazam button — you’ll get the song info without even unlocking your phone.

6. Embark

This is a great app for people who use public transit a lot; it can help you find a bus, train, or other form of transit from wherever you are to where you need to go. You can also mark certain routes and stops as favorites, and those favorites will show up on the Embark widget.

iOS 10 Embark Widget

No need to open up a browser or even an app to see when the next bus or train is coming — just flip over to the widget!

7. ESPN

There are countless ways to get sports scores, but having your favorite teams’ results displayed on your lockscreen makes it really easy to find the information you’re looking for. Just add your favorites to the ESPN app and they’ll show up on the widget.

iOS 10 ESPN Widget

With a huge number of teams and sports to choose from, you’ll be able to follow all the action right from your lockscreen.

8. Timeglass

Having a timer on hand can be useful in a lot of situations. Whether you’re using the pomodoro method to get more done, hard-boiling an egg, taking a nap, or doing a seven-minute workout, Timeglass lets you fire up a timer on the double.

iOS 10 Timeglass Widget

Once you’ve saved your favorite timers, you can activate them right from the widget — it’ll take you to Timeglass, but you can then monitor the amount of time you have left without opening the app.

9. Amazon

The Amazon app isn’t for everyone, but if you place a lot of orders and want to know where they are, it can be a good use of space on your phone. With the widget, you don’t even have to open the app to check up on your shipments.

iOS 10 Amazon Widget

While I don’t have any shipments visible in the widget above, you’ll be shown the estimated arrival date of any order that’s coming your way. You can also go to the text, photo, and video search screens with a quick tap.

10. TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor helps you find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions wherever you are. The widget is just like the app, and shows you five places nearby that are highly rated.

iOS 10 TripAdvisor Widget

When you’re not sure what to do, just flip over to the widget and see what’s popular near you!

Which Widgets Are You Using?

The native and third-party apps mentioned in this article are great ways to put iOS 10 widgets to use, whether your phone is locked or unlocked. But there are tons of other widgets out there, and we want to hear from you about which ones you’re putting to use since updating to iOS 10.

Are you using new widget capabilities in iOS 10? Or do you think widgets are just gimmicks?

  1. Mridul
    October 17, 2016 at 6:20 am

    iOS 10 is great and is much smarter than other operating systems.The list of apps mentioned here is very useful.Thanks for the informative article

  2. Toby W
    October 10, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Good article! I love the Shazam Widget. My other Widgets are "Contact Shortcuts" and "Launcher". Widgets in iOS 10 are so cool :)

    • Dann Albright
      October 21, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Contact Shortcuts seems like a great idea!

  3. TJ
    October 8, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Currently have Dark Sky, Do!, Unspent, and Tinycalc.

    • Dann Albright
      October 21, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      Not familiar with Unspent . . . is it like Level, where it shows you how much you have left to spend in a given amount of time?

      • TJ
        October 21, 2016 at 10:54 pm

        It's much simpler than Level, like bare bones, but it works for me. No bank info required,. No decimals either so I round up my entries.

        • Dann Albright
          October 26, 2016 at 9:21 pm

          No bank info required? Do you enter all of your transactions manually?

        • TJ
          October 26, 2016 at 11:20 pm

          Yes and yes. I do use it along with Mint.com app (which I've been on since it started) to track budgets and trends at the end of the month.

        • Dann Albright
          November 12, 2016 at 11:08 pm

          I've never tried one where transactions are entered manually. Just seems like more work than I'd be willing to put in. :-) I'm glad it works for you, though! I've also started using more than one app to track everything, and that's helped a lot. I would have thought it would complicate things, but it's actually reduced my financial stress.

  4. Devinder Maheshwari
    October 8, 2016 at 3:33 am

    Well, thanks for this informative article. I was really not sure why people are going mad over iOS 10 widgets, and now I know why!

    • Dann Albright
      October 21, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      Glad you found it useful! I've only been using a couple, but they're pretty awesome.

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