10 free iOS 8 widgets for your iPhone

10 free iOS 8 widgets for your iPhone
So, you've downloaded your iOS 8 update already, haven't you? Or perhaps you're holding on to your freshly unboxed iPhone 6? Well, we bet that you're eager to see what you device is capable of. Alright! Then let's talk about widgets.

Without a doubt, support for third-party widgets is one of the most exciting things about iOS 8 – with them, the platform is now more customizable and more functional than ever before. You can put all kinds of neat tools in your notification panel, from calendars and calculators to system monitors and shortcuts to various functions. 

But don't take our word for it. Instead, grab your iPhone or iPad and go get some widgets from the App Store. Many are already available for download, either as new apps or as part of already existing software. And if you're having troubles finding them, here's a list of 10 free iOS 8 widgets that we tried and liked. 

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25 Comments

1. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

They don't look much like widgets, tbh.

23. DR20158

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

And TBH that's good. If they were to look like widgets they'd look like something made in 2008 that is stuck on one screen and takes up real estate on the screen.

2. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

hmmm iOS adding widgets and Android getting rid of them (Youtube just did that with the last update) isnt it funny?!

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well Google is reducing them because they currently aren't as efficient as they need to be. They haven't touched the widget based apis in forever and have had their hands full with butter, svelte and volta. Likely Google has been going towards the Apple route and making the whole of Android amazingly more smoother and refined where as Apple is finally branching out to more adaptability and flexibility in a unique to iOS way.

16. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Ohh too funny , i can't stop laughing....

24. DR20158

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

Most people won't truly call these widgets on iOS. And it's honestly good Android is getting rid of them. I don't think I've seen any different widgets since they brought widgets out. There is stock widgets that have been on devices forever and occasionally one or two more but besides that their like 5+ year old widgets.

4. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

Launcher and Piggy installed - looks promising. Excited to see if I use them more than unlocking the phone.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31616; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Patiently waiting

6. foreverjin08

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

I never touch the ios notification bar. It's so messy.

11. iLegend

Posts: 41; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

come on..its most organized notification center than android and WP..and even with widgets it is organized..!! And believe me..it looks really beautiful..give it a chance..!!

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You forgot to mention it's amazing....

25. DR20158

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

Wait the iOS Notification bar is? Have you seen anybody with an Android device or used one? The who notification bar is filled and cluttered with download arrows and other little pictures and junk. Because everyone really needs a notification when they disconnect from a wifi signal, when a download is processing, and silly stuff like that.

7. D.Lamore

Posts: 198; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Looks awkward

8. jomarr

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

God does the spacing kill me. Why don't they center everything or at least make spacing equal? It's so annoying and looks half baked.

9. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Ha..FT Sofia mouth is headed straight for that rocket

10. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Messy....

12. redmd

Posts: 1948; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Notification widget to be exact

13. thartist

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

LOL at 14MB of free ram!!! (Picture 7)

14. Metalspy8

Posts: 148; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

LMAO lol im still getting IP6+

15. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

And still no lag.

18. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

It's not about lag

21. DR20158

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

What's to "lol" about? Proof that devices don't need 4GB+ of RAM to run smoothly all the time. Hah.

17. toiletcleaner

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

Is this what Apple call widget? OMG. I can died in peace now

20. DR20158

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

Yes because most people don't want real widgets. They're bulky and just take up space. It's simple easy to use and these are available with a simple swipe down whenever somebody needs access.

22. DR20158

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

Only one I'm waiting for still is SportsCenter App besides that I have the stock "widgets" minus stocks and traffic conditions, then Yahoo Weather, Launcher, and DataMan Next. I'd much rather have these than have some hideous widget taking up space on my home screen or lock screen. I honestly don't think they've updated any widgets on Android in years either. These look clean modern and can be accessed anywhere. Not just on lock screen on home screen or on one individual screen. So I'm playing a game or typing an email or something on a flight need to see what the weather is like where I'm landing, pull down the Notification Center see it and swipe back up to play or continue typing.

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