Best iPhone notification center widgets to boost productivity

Best iPhone notification center widgets to boost productivity
With Apple's new 3D Touch tech, there is less use for handy Notification Center shortcuts and widgets, as the pressure-sensitive display allows for contextual menu options to pop up after a hard-press on certain app icons. Still, the notification bar above remains an indispensable place for a quick lookup of pertinent ticker info, calendar entries, or storing action-packed shortcuts by the boatload, all without the need to go in and out of apps all the time.

Ever since the Notification Center widgets were introduced by Apple with iOS 8 last year, the initial barren list of weather or stock tickers, has mushroomed to hundreds of apps that come accompanied by their widgets that can be placed there, and provide quick access to their most used functions, or most popular content. 

That's the power of 3rd party app development, and nobody knows how important it is better than Apple, that is why it has provided the widget tools to app developers, and they've come up with some impressive designs, as you can see in the productivity widget list we've compiled for you below. What else are you using to boost your productivity, straight from your iPhone's Notification Center?

Fantastical 2 for iPhone - Calendar and Reminders

There is no shortage of good calendar apps for iOS, but Fantastical 2's Today widget stands out as one of the prettiest and most functional such additions to your Notification Center in the App Store. Besides a calendar overview, you get event reminders there, and can change entries directly in the Notification Center itself.

Favorite Contacts Launcher

Calling your favorites, FaceTime-ing them, and even WhatsApp-ing them - that's all made possible by the humble Favorite Contacts Launcher here, straight from the Notification Center. The one-tap WhatsApp access function is especially useful, and what sets this widget apart.


Evernote needs no introduction, and, lo and behold, so doesn't its Notification Center widget. Drop a quick note, see your to-do list, take a pic, set a reminder, or mix and match any of Evernote's productivity functions to appear as a shortcut there for quick access.

24me Smart Personal Assistant - Automate Your Calendar, To-Do List and Notes

24me serves as an aggregator for all your productivity and scheduling tools - it tries and mostly succeeds to integrate your calendar, tasks and to-do lists, note apps and social accounts in one place, with an emphasis placed on a widget to access it all in a hurry. After syncing the selected accounts, 24me can even tip you on bill payments due, friends and family events, financial milestones, and plenty more, and you can even create macros to respond to certain alerts.


If you are a STEM student, an engineer,  scientist, programmer, or any other field where math and equations are of utmost importance, PCalc is as good as it gets a calculator for all your simple or sophisticated mathematical needs - with a Notification Center widget for quick access, too. You also get unit conversions and constants, a paper tape, scientific notations, plus support for hexadecimal and binary calculations.

Launcher with Notification Center Widget

With Launcher with Notification Center Widget, you can place any app or favorite contact shortcut in the widget, mix, match, and rearrange them to your heart's desire - sounds simple, but is in fact very, very useful for an out-of-sight quick access of anything you like on your phone.

Hours Time Tracking

Hours is one of the handier time trackers around, and its color-coded agenda with reminders has found a place in the Notification Center as a widget. You can start, stop and edit time track reminders directly from there, use a visual timeline to identify any overlaps, and add quick notes to your time trackers.



9. discharge unregistered

I tried that 3D Touch on a iPhone on display at Best Buy and wasn't impressed at all??

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Of course fandroids will never admit that iOS's idea of widgets is good, but IMO it is much more convenient and useful than having to quit every time to homescreen if I want to use one. I love iTranslate widget as English isn't my native language so it takes 2 clicks to find word's meaning. I don't have to quit the app to do it and that's whole awesomness of that solution

2. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Well, I,... I think you do have a fair point here. It's nice keeping tabs on stuff (my brother has an iPad, and he has the trending Tumblr tags at the notification bar) up top and not having to close apps. Then again, Android features apps for gestures for, well, doing exactly that as well.

3. Tizo101

Posts: 644; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

I think almost all Android phones can multitask, I doubt there is any quitting involved.

4. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

The idea of Widgets is still a copy from Android, my friend!!! But but but, Sorry! forgot that Apple innovates. My Bad. I take the statement back.

5. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Oh, sorry to disturb your "Android is king of innovation" mindset but Symbian had it before Android was a thing, Windows had it and MacOS had it long before Android

6. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I was a big fan of Symbian and Nokia 6600/Nokia N-GAGE QD times. Yes that was the break through in mobile technology. But widgets by Apple - strictly copied. There are more than 50+ features(3D Touch Peek - Airview in S4, AirDrop - Wifi-Direct from Galaxy S2, Multi-Window, Notification Centre, Swype Keyboard etc,.) that it copied from elsewhere. Still Apple innovates right!!!!!!!

7. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Yes, Android was first in those features, but here's the thing - Apple SIMPLY MADE IT WORK. Then again, Android has another secret silver bullet. Air View - useless outside stock apps. 3D Touch, useful with third party apps. Then again, there's the S Pen, which is better. Wifi-Direct on Samsung, transfers only between Samsung. Airdrop, transfers for iOS AND MAC. Then again, you have ACTUAL connected PC transfers. Swype keyboard on Samsung, useless and slow. At LEAST it's replaceable.

10. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

LOL it is very funny to see how many people come running to support Apple when somebody is against it. Everybody is saying features are BETTER IMPLEMENTED but I thought that Apple INNOVATES which is why I thought everybody is supporting it. Looks like I am wrong. People find it tough to accept that features are copied by the INNOVATOR itself. I am no fan of Samsung(but many features are actually better implemented in it though it is actually the bearer of Android's Flag) check my profile to see how many brands of phones I have used. I am an Apple Hater just because people follow it blindly and it doesn't deserve to be sitting on top earning more money than the "Oil & Fuel" Supplying companies. APPLE IS REALLY LUCKY TO HAVE THE KIND OF MARKET THAT IS BLINDLY FOLLOWING IT, PEOPLE BUY IT BECAUSE A NEW iPHONE IS IN MARKET, NOT BECAUSE IT IS GOOD. IT HAS BEEN ABLE TO BUILD UP A BRAND FOR ITSELF WITH THE iPOD BEING A HIT AND IT HAS BEEN RIDING ON ITS SUCCESS FROM THEN. IT HAS RATHER COPIED THE WHOLE IDEA OF A SMARTPHONE FROM NOKIA SYMBIAN OS AND LATER FROM ANDROID. SEE EVERY RELEASE OF iOS IS A BIT OF CATCHING UP FEATURES FROM OTHER ECOSYSTEMS. IT IS A FACT THAT MORE THAN 50+ FEATURES ARE COPIED WHICH ARE NOT JUST FROM SAMSUNG BUT FROM HTC, SONY AS WELL. LOOKS LIKE THE WORD INNOVATION NEEDS A CHANGE OF MEANING IN THE DICTIONARY WHEN SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE A DIFFERENT UNDERSTANDING ABOUT IT.

8. willard12 unregistered

Good job avoiding the reply to your nonsensical comment on "quitting" applications. Aside from the fact that android widgets can be placed in the notification center as well, when you have no point, it's better to just move on. Then, you go on to contradict yourself by citing the fact that MacOS also has widgets.....on the HOMESCREEN. Maybe Apple needs to tell Apple that their idea is bad. However, in my personal opinion, I prefer to see the weather, my calendar, Google Now, and my favorite websites right there. So, I won't admit Apple's idea is better. At least, not their second idea.

11. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

It is better to just ignore those iSheep.

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