Your iPhone’s new home screen widgets are awesome – until they are no more. Photos in particular are a huge disappointment. It gives you a taste of how your favorite photos will appear next to your apps, but ruins it by randomly changing the photo every hour without your input. While nothing can be done with the Photos widget, there is a way to display the images you want on your home screen.
Since the release of iOS 14, third-party app developers have released tons of new widgets that work on the home screen and in today’s view, many of which are for single-purpose apps. And some of them were quick to “fix”
Step 1: Choose a third party widget app
When it comes to choosing a third-party photo widget, a choice is definitely yours. Some let you set multiple images in one widget, others let you add text. For some others, you can even overlay calendar information. If all you are looking for is a virtual picture frame on your home screen, you will likely be happy with any widget, whether it is a simple widget or an advanced one.
Some of the third party photo widgets available
- Custom Widgets – Photo & Text: You can have three images in total, one per widget. You can vary these widgets with the photo in a different position by adding a background color or using an analog clock, text or the current date above it.
- Home Photo Widget: You can add a seemingly unlimited number of images to the app and then create a static widget for each one.
- Locket – Photo Widgets ($ 0.99): You choose an album for each widget, how many current images you want to see and how often the images should be rotated.
- MemoWidget (memo & photo widget): You choose one photo per memo, and that can be the entire widget. You can also add text, brighten the photo, and orient it differently.
- Photo box widget: You get a widget in three different sizes and can select multiple photos that rotate randomly through the selected images every ten minutes. You can add a message and change the section of the photo.
- PHOTO ALBUM (photo widget): You create an album with as many photos as you want for each widget you want to create. You can change the image brightness, the rotation time and view the album name of the widget.
- Photo widget: You create albums that can contain up to six photos each, and you can view multiple images at once in split view and in grid.
- Photo widget .: You can add a photo or multiple photos (in three different sizes) to just one widget. You can change the photo update interval, add or remove the date overlay, and add or remove the title overlay.
- Photo widget – pin photo: You can use widgets with just one picture at a time, or one for albums that rotate pictures every minute. You can also add a title for each widget.
- Photo widget: Simple: You create albums with as many photos as you want and then add a widget for each. There are six time interval options for rotating images for each widget.
- Photo Widget – The Best Ever: You can add one or more images to each widget and set a widget to use one of your photo albums. They spin on your custom multiple photo timer, and you can set each widget to open a website when you tap on it.
- Photo widgets: You can create albums (lists) for any widget you want to create, and they can each contain one or more images. You can change the rotation interval (there are nine options) as well as offset the main photo so you can see more of the list in the background. Photos can be sequentially displayed (and rearranged) or shuffled, and you can add a date or memo to each widget.
- PictureWidget: You add five photos at a time to the app. Only one image is displayed for the home screen widget. There are more customization options available for the old style widget.
This article demonstrates “Photo Widget”. If you decide to go with any of the other options listed above, it’s likely intuitive enough to figure out from how they all work in general.
Step 2: choose your photo
Once you’ve installed the app you selected on your iPhone, open it. From here you should see some sort of “add” button. In Photo Widget. Is that in the top right. Tap on it, give the app permission to view your iPhone’s gallery when prompted, and the photo picker will appear. Here you can view all of the photos in your Photos app, including all of your albums.
Just tap the photo you want to use. While you can select multiple images, the widget will cycle through your options instead of just showing one of the photos. When you’re happy with your selection, just tap “Add”.
Step 3: Uncheck “Show date in widget” (optional)
“Photo widget” by default. Displays the date in your photo widget. If you like this idea, skip to step 4. However, if you want a simple, clean photo to display on your home screen, then you should turn the feature off. Just go to Settings and turn off the switch next to “Show date in widget”.
Step 4: add your widget
Finally, you can add your widget to the home screen. To do this, long-press the home screen background until you switch to wobble mode, then tap the plus (+) button. Now find the photo widget. It may immediately appear as a suggested widget. If not, all you have to do is scroll down and select it from the list.
Once you do, you’ll see your three widget sizes (small, medium, and large). When you find the one you want, tap Add Widget or drag the widget directly onto the home screen you want.
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