Widgets have been around for a long time. It used to be one of the features that made Android better than iOS. These days, our reliance on widgets has waned. Between better designed apps, quick settings, Android Nougat’s app shortcuts, and more powerful notifications, there aren’t too many reasons to have them. However, some of us still love using the occasional widget because they can be much faster than opening an app. Here are the best Android widgets currently available!
1Weather is arguably one of the best weather apps available. Its Android widgets aren’t half bad either. It invokes the old style “flip clock and weather” style that used to adorn HTC Sense devices and it’s configurable. Clicking on the clock portion takes you to your alarm app. Clicking on the weather portion takes you to 1Weather’s main interface. There are also weather-only widgets that deliver a good amount of information. It’s free to use. All the paid version does is remove ads.
Battery Widget Reborn among the best Android widgets for battery meters. It provides a single, circular battery gauge widget. You can change the color and size to match your theme and home screen layout. The app itself also comes with battery information, shortcuts to things like WiFi and Bluetooth settings, and it even gives you charts to show more detailed battery activity. It’s nothing overly complicated. However, when it comes to battery widgets, that’s probably a good thing. Make sure to try out the free version before you buy it!
Beautiful Widgets has been around for a long time. It’s also one of the most popular widget apps out there. It has a ton of Android widgets, including a flip clock and weather combo, various toggles, battery gauge, and just weather widgets. Most are lightly customizable. That makes matching them to your theme easier. The larger ones, including the flip clock widget, have an assortment of skins that you can choose from. A lot of them aren’t great but you should still be able to find something you like. The pro version is also relatively inexpensive. The only downside is that a lot of people have reported high battery drain sometimes when using Beautiful Widgets.
Calendar Widget is a set of Android widgets. They all show you the exact same thing. It gives you a month view of a calendar. It syncs with Google Calendar, supports the lunar calendar, and you can quickly browse your agenda and to do list from the widget. The app part of it isn’t powerful enough to get rid of something Google Calendar. However, this one has 80 themes that should work for pretty much everyone. It’s free to download and check out. However, additional themes will have to be purchased via in-app purchase.
Dashclock Widget is one of the most enduring Android widgets out there. Even people who stopped using widgets still use Dashclock. It’s a simple, clear widget that displays information like the weather, your unread Gmail count, your next alarm, and other data. It also comes with extension support. There are a lot of them. The extensions allow for additional functionality, but that isn’t as robust of an ecosystem as it used to be. It’s simple, but powerful. It’s also entirely free to use.
The Google App has a couple of decent Android widgets. The first is the classic Google Search bar that we’ve all seen a million times. It’s simple, functional, and lets you search for things quickly. The other widget one is a four-by-four widget. It shows you the weather along with news cards with information related to things you like. It also provides a quick way to get to Google Now/Assistant from your home screen. It’s effective, it’s free, and it works well as an all-in-one option. You likely also already have this app on your phone so it won’t take up any additional space. This one works best when integrated directly into launchers like the Pixel launcher, Lawnchair Launcher, Nova Launcher, etc.
Google Keep is a simple and effective note taking application. With it, you can make text notes, list notes, and even voice notes. It also gives you the option to share notes with others for collaboration. It also comes with a simple set of Android widgets that gives you the ability to create notes quickly. That’s essentially all you need when it comes widgets for note taking apps. It’s completely free to use. You can also access notes on Google Drive using any web browser.
IFTTT is one of the most powerful apps out there. You use it to create automated tasks that your phone completes on its own. One of its many features is a button widget that activates a command when pressed. For instance, you can use it to turn your Hue lights on or off, automatically text someone that you’re on your way home, or pretty much whatever you want. There’s a bit of a learning curve, but it’s a fun way to automate a lot of tedious tasks. The widget itself is rather simple. However, it’s easily one of the most versatile Android widgets out there.
KWGT is one of a few make-your-own Android widgets. It employs a WYSIWYG editor. That makes it a bit easier than one would think. You can have it do a variety of things and make it look almost however you want. It also includes support for Zooper, Tasker, and other apps. Some of the things you can have it display include system info (CPU speed, network stats, etc), time, battery, date, countdowns, traffic info, next alarm, location, and more. It’s fairly powerful, but it’s more work than you’d get with most widgets.
Muzei Live Wallpaper is a popular live wallpaper app. A recent update also gave it a new widget. It allows you to switch it up to the next piece of artwork. It’s a fun little widget for those who like to change their backgrounds a lot. Additionally, there are tons of apps with Muzei support, including some launchers, other wallpaper apps, and even Tasker. It’s not half bad for the low, low price of free. The widget selection isn’t great, but it does what it needs to do.
Tasker is one of the most powerful apps ever made. It’s also one of the most complex and complicated. You can use this to make your phone do pretty much whatever you want. The downside is that it’s going to take you a while to get there. It includes over 200 actions on its own with tons of plugins that add additional functionality. A lot of other apps also have Tasker support to add to the number of things it can do. Once you make whatever it is you’re going to make, it doesn’t take long from there to turn it into a widget. That makes this one of the most powerful Android widgets you can get.
Todoist has some of the most gorgeous widgets of any to-do list app. The whole app looks really good, actually. The developers do a great job incorporating bright colors, full Material Design, and it’s still relatively easy to use. The free version comes with most of the basic features, including tasks, due dates, and some organizational features. Going premium adds things like reminders and other power user features. In terms of looks and Android widgets, this one is as good as it gets in the genre. TickTick is another powerful to-do list app with good widgets as well.
UCCW is another widget app that allows you to make your own widgets. These kind of DIY Android widgets have been featured in tons of customization posts and you can make some really unique creations using this tool. It features various shapes and sizes to make design easy. From there, just make the widget do what you need it to do and you’re done. It’s built in a way that allows most people to pick it up quickly and it’s a good option if nothing else looks good to you. It will take a few minutes to learn how to use, though, and you’ll likely make a few mistakes on your first few attempts.
Weather Underground is one of the better weather apps. It also has some decent, customizable widgets. The app itself has a bunch of good features, including a radar, hyper local weather, a customizable home page, forecasts, and more. The widgets all have a standard layout. However, the colors can be changed to fit with almost any theme. We would like to see more widget options overall, or more robust re-sizable widgets. However, it does good for what it is. The subscription is a per year basis at $1.99.
Zooper Widget is another DIY widget app that lets you take control of what goes on your home screen. Unlike UCCW, this one has a slightly sharper learning curve, but it’s nothing that a little time and persistence can’t overcome. On top of that, a lot of people release their Zooper Widget creations to the public which you can then use to customize if you don’t feel like making your own. The only downside to this app is that it might be a dead project. That means it may not get anymore updates.
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