How to Add or Change the Photo Widget on iPhone.
Apple’s introduction of iOS 14 also brought widgets to iPhone, useful features that give you direct access to your favorite apps. Widgets are also great for customizing your iPhone (or iPad) home screen exactly the way you want. The iPhone widget feature has been improved in iOS 15 with widget suggestions.
You can select one widget or combine multiple widgets into a widget stack. If you want to customize things even further, the Widgetsmith app can help. These widgets are different from those shown in the Today view. Instead, these widgets sit right on the home screen alongside other apps.
This tutorial will show you how to add or change photo widget on iPhone.
How to Add the Photo Widget on iPhone
Adding a widget to your home screen is very easy.
On the iPhone home screen, press and hold an empty space until your apps enter jiggle mode.
Tap the + in the top left corner.
This brings up all the potential widgets you can add. Scroll down the list (or type the search bar at the top) until you find the Photos widget.Click Add Widget. You can switch between three different widget sizes.
By default, the widget is displayed in the upper left corner of the screen. Select it and drag it to the desired location, then click “Done” in the upper right corner.
Note that the widget acts as another app icon – everything will fit into the widget. Other widgets can be added in the same way, from Gmail to notification settings. This is a great way to get shortcuts to your most used apps.
If you decide you don’t like the widget, just press and hold it and select “Remove Widget” to remove it from your home screen. You can always add it later.
How to Change the Photo Widget on iPhone
You may not like the default photo displayed in your widget. Basic Photo Widget is limited. You cannot select the selected photo or adjust how often the photos change. You can remove certain photos from Favorite Photos.
The best way to change the photo widget is to simply not use it. Instead, you can download new widgets from third-party apps that give you much more control over your widget settings. Open the App Store and download the Photo Widget: Simple app.
Once you download the app, you can create custom photo albums that will show up on your home screen even if all you need is one photo.
Open the Photo Widget: Simple app.Tap the widget button at the bottom of the screen.
Click Create Album. If you’re using the free version of the app, you’ll have to watch an ad before the next step, but it only lasts five seconds.
Click on the album name at the top of the screen, give it a name, and click Verify.
Tap the + icon in the lower right corner of the screen to open the photo album. Select the photo you want to add and click “Add” in the top right corner. You can add up to 30 images at a time and up to 100 images per album.
Crop and rotate the image as you wish, and then click Done.
After that, close the Photowidget app and add Photowidget to your home screen.
When the widget appears on the screen, press and hold the widget and select Edit Widget.
Next to the widget type, click Select and then click Photo.
Next to Select Album, tap Select and tap the name of the album you created earlier.
You can customize the widget by choosing how often photos are edited and whether they are rotated randomly or sequentially. Finally, tap on an empty space on the home screen and the album of your choice will appear in the widget, one photo at a time.
The Photowidget app pulls images directly from your photo library. You can add photos at any time; to choose which ones appear, just create multiple albums.
How to Use Widgetsmith to Change The Photo Widget
Another option is to use the Widgetsmith app to customize widgets. It has many features included for free. However, you can get more widget styles by subscribing to the premium version of the app for $1.99/month or $19.99/year.
Download the Widgetsmith app from the App Store.
Open the Widgetsmith app. By default, you can add three app sizes: small, medium, and large. Scroll down and click “Add a small widget”.
The application will begin the creation process. Choose the widget style you want. You can choose between Photo, Album Photo, Photo Date, Photo Day, and more. If a style has a padlock icon in the top right, it means it’s a premium style. Select Photo.
Tap the “Selected Photo” tab at the bottom.
Tap Select Photo, then tap the photo you want to display. You can only select photos that are in the Photos app.
Click “Back” in the upper left corner of the screen. Click “Save” in the upper right corner.
You can further customize widgets by changing their style. Widgetsmith is fun to use, so experiment with it; this is the closest thing to truly personalized widgets.
Now add the widget to your home screen. The process is the same as before, but this time choose Widgetsmith > Small and then click Add Widget. Then drag the widget to the desired location and click “Done”. Voila – you have your own photo display that the default widget can never provide.
Widgets are one of the best new iPhone features. The good news is that widgets are also available on Mac. Some apps let you use widgets on your Apple Watch as well, but that’s not the way to go right now.
How to Add or Change the Photo Widget on iPhone
How to Add or Change the Photo Widget on iPhone