If you work remotely or have friends and family who live in another country, knowing what time it is in different time zones is important. A widget for the world clock (or time zone) on your iPhone̵
We prefer the following options:
- World clock widget: This built-in widget is just analog and pretty simple, but it does the job.
- Widgetsmith: This popular widget builder utility has a world clock feature that shows the time in multiple locations in digital format. It’s also immensely customizable.
- World clock time widget: This is ideal for converting time zones. There’s also a visual timeline for each location so you know if it’s day, night, or the next day in a particular location.
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Adding widgets to your iPhone home screen is the same for all apps (more on that later). First, let’s set up a widget from each of the above apps.
Customize the World Clock widget
If you’re already using the World Clock feature in Apple’s Clock app, you’re good to go! If not, open the Clock app and navigate to the World Clock tab.
Here, tap the plus sign (+) in the top right corner.
Now look for a place and add it.
Repeat this process until you have added all the desired locations to your home screen. Now all you have to do is add the widget.
Customize the Widgets with World Clock widget
Widgetsmith is a custom widget builder with multiple templates for calendars, reminders, photos, and a world clock.
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Before you can customize a widget, you must first add locations. To do this, open the Widgetsmith app, tap the Tools tab, then tap World Time.
Here tap on “Edit locations”.
Then search for locations and add them.
After all of your locations have been added, go to the “My Widgets” section to create and customize the widget. Here you will find ready-made widgets in small, medium and large (we selected medium for our example). You can also add or select a widget to customize.
Tap the preview of a widget to edit it.
In the Style section, tap Time In Places.
In the “Locations” section, select all of the locations that you want to appear in the widget.
Next, choose the options you want from the Font, Tint Color, Background Color, and Border Color sections to customize your widget. When you’re done, tap the Back arrow.
You can rename your widget at the top, then tap Save.
Customize the World Clock Time widget
The World Clock Time Widget app is similar to the Clock app. You can add and monitor the time in different locations around the world. The basic light and dark themes are included in the free version. However, for 99 cents per month you can also access a live time zone converter and various topics.
First, open the World Clock Time Widget app and tap the plus sign (+) in the top right corner.
Find and select each location you want to add to the world clock.
Tap the gear icon to open Settings and change the clock format.
Here’s how to add a widget to iPhone home screen
After you’ve created your widget, you can add it to your iPhone’s home screen.
To do this, tap and hold an empty area on the home screen until all of the icons wobble. Then tap the plus sign (+) in the top left.
Scroll down and tap the app (Clock, Widgetsmith, or World Clock) that you created your widget in.
Next, go to the widget page for the size you selected earlier. Here you can see a preview of the various widgets that are specific to this app.
Tap Add Widget to add one to the home screen.
Your widget should now be on the home screen. If you’re using Widgetsmith and you can’t see the world clock, tap the widget to edit it.
In the Widget section, tap the World Clock widget that you created above.
All widgets have their own option menus. For the clock widget, you see options to reorder and deactivate cities. You can also change the theme using the widget options in the World Clock Time Widget app.
That’s all there is to it! You now have a world clock widget right on your iPhone’s home screen.
You can also stack widgets on top of each other if you want and cycle through them whenever you want.
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