Top Widgets app lets you add squares of info to iPhone lock screen

Top Widgets is the second hottest free app in Apple’s App Store.

Sofia Pitt

Apple’s iOS 16 iPhone replace, launched this week, lets iPhone customers add little squares or rectangles of data referred to as “widgets” to the lock screen.

That’s helped popularize Chinese app Top Widgets, which rocketed to the second hottest free app within the App Store behind social media app BeReal.

I’ve by no means heard of the app earlier than, so I downloaded it to give it a attempt.

Top Widgets lets you personalize your private home screen or lock screen with little squares or rectangles of data, like how a lot storage is left in your telephone, footage, the quantity of steps you’ve taken, customized icons for apps and extra. There’s much more than what Apple gives by default, which is perhaps one cause it is well-liked.

And it makes good use of the brand new always-on show on iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max, which nonetheless present widgets on the screen even when the telephone is idle. Those telephones launch on Friday.

Here’s what the app is like.

Top widgets for iPhone

Top Widgets app.

Sofia Pitt

To get began, simply, simply obtain Top Widgets from the App Store.

You do not want the most recent iPhone to use the app. But, you want to first be sure that you’ve put in iOS 16 to get widgets in your lock screen. IOS 16 is offered for iPhone 8 and newer. Home screen widgets have been accessible since final 12 months.

Next, open the app and choose the widget you need to add to your lock screen or residence screen.

You can choose from heaps of stuff, like fast toggles to flip mobile or Wi-Fi on and off, your calendar, screen brightness, images, reminders and even little animated emoji. Browse beneath the “LockScreen” part for particular choices that may be added to your lock screen.

Hit save after you’ve picked those you need.

As you can see from my background, my widget tells me what number of steps I’ve taken, how a lot battery I’ve left on my iPhone, and even how a lot space for storing my iPhone is utilizing.

Top Widgets on my iPhone 14 lock screen.

Sofia Pitt

That’s all there’s to it, the remainder of the customization choices are up to you.

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