Widgetsmith Adds Lock Screen Widgets, New Photos Features, Custom URLs, and More

Widgetsmith Adds Lock Screen Widgets, New Photos Features, Custom URLs, and More

iOS 16 supports adding widgets to your iPhone lock screen, and Widgetsmith is here to take that customization to the next level. Widgetsmith 4.0 is now available on the App Store, not only with lock screen widgets, but also with widget editor improvements, a ton of new widget features, and much more.

Widgetsmith debuted in 2020 alongside the release of Home Screen Widgets in iOS 14. The app, created by David Smith, quickly went viral as TikTok users crowned it as the best way to to make your iPhone home screen “af aesthetic”. Since then, the app has received regular updates to further improve its versatility for creating home screen widgets.

Now, Widgetsmith tackles Apple’s latest customization feature: support for adding widgets to your iPhone’s lock screen. With iOS 16, you can add widgets to your lock screen and customize things like font colors, wallpapers, and more.

By default, Apple offers widgets for many of its stock apps. Just like it did with home screen widgets, Widgetsmith takes things to the next level. You can create an endless number of custom widgets for your iPhone lock screen, ranging from things like photos, weather, time, step count and more.

There are three different sizes of lock screen widgets supported by iOS 16, and Widgetsmith offers options for all three. You can create text widgets, which appear in the area directly above the time on your lock screen, as well as circular and rectangular options below the time.

Widgetsmith also lets you fully customize any of the widgets you create. You can change the font, text and icon colors, designs for things like step counting and clocks, and much more. Just like we saw with Widgetsmith’s support for home screen customization, you can go wild here.

Today’s Widgetsmith update also includes some changes that also benefit home screen widgets. The widget editor has been redesigned to be more consistent and streamlined, making it easier to move between different settings and customization options.

Widgetsmith 4.0 now integrates directly with David Smith’s other apps, including Pedometer++, Wokouts++, CalZones, and more. These can all be opened automatically whenever you tap on a relevant widget. Additionally, you can now attach custom URLs to widgets.

These custom URLs can be attached to a widget so that each time you tap on that widget, it opens the URL. This solves one of the biggest limitations of widgets, which is that tapping on a widget can only take you to the app the widget was created in.

Finally, Widgetsmith now also supports the ability to isolate people in images from their background as well as import images with transparency. This means you can add widgets to your lock screen or home screen that are just the subject of an image, without the original background. Smith explains:

You can now isolate the people displayed in a photo widget by removing the background. This allows for some really cool effects when paired with a wallpaper that matches the background color of the widget.

Additionally, you can drag and drop images from other sources into Widgetsmith or load them from files that include transparency and the background color your widget will now appear.

The release notes for Widgetsmith 4.0 from the App Store:

  • An improved widget editor to make creating and configuring widgets easier and more intuitive.
  • Widgetsmith provides a wide range of lock screen widgets in all new styles.
  • The ability to isolate people in images from their backgrounds and import images with transparency.
  • A robust set of new tools that automatically launch in Widgetsmith whenever a widget is selected. These are contextual to each widget. For example, tapping a weather widget brings up the weather forecast for the selected location.

Widgetsmith is available on the App Store as a free download with an in-app subscription of $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year to unlock the full experience.

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