Widgetsmith allows you to supercharge your iOS 16 lock screen

iOS 16 brings support To add widgets to your iPhone’s lock screen, Widgetsmith is here to take this customization to the next level. Widgetsmith 4.0 is Now available on the App Store Not only with Lock Screen widgets but also improvements to the widget editor, lots of new functions for widgets, and much more.

Widgetsmith debuted in 2020 Along with the release of home screen widgets in iOS 14. The app, created by David Smith, quickly went viral, with TikTok users touted as the best way to make your iPhone’s home screen “aesthetic af”. Since then, the app has received regular updates to further improve its versatility for creating home screen widgets.

Now, Widgetsmith tackles Apple’s latest customization feature: support for adding widgets to your iPhone’s lock screen. With iOS 16, you can add widgets to the lock screen as well as customize things like font colors, backgrounds, and more.

By default, Apple offers widgets for many of its stock apps. Just like you did with home screen widgets, Widgetsmith takes things to the next level. You can create an endless number of custom widgets for your iPhone lock screen starting with things like photos, weather, time, step count, and much more.

There are three different sizes of Lock Screen widgets that iOS 16 supports, and Widgetsmith has options for all three of those tools. You can create text widgets, which appear in the area directly above the time on the lock screen, as well as circular and rectangular options below the time.

Widgetsmith also allows you to fully customize any of the user interface elements you create. You can change the font, text colors, icons, designs for things like counting steps, hours, and more. Just like we’ve seen with Widgetsmith’s support for home screen customization, you can go wild here.

Today’s update for Widgetsmith also includes some changes that benefit home screen widgets as well. The Tool Editor has been redesigned to be more consistent and streamlined, making it easier to navigate between different settings and customization options.

Widgetsmith 4.0 now directly integrates other David Smith applications, including Pedometer++, Wokouts++, CalZones, and more. They can all be opened automatically when you click on a relevant widget. Additionally, you can now attach custom URLs to widgets.

These custom URLs can be attached to a widget so that every time you click on that widget, you open the URL. This addresses one of the widget’s biggest limitations, which is that clicking on the widget can only take you to the application in which the widget is built.

Finally, Widgetsmith now also supports the ability to isolate people in photos from their background as well as import photos with transparency. This means you can add widgets to your lock screen or home screen which are just a photo theme, without the original background. Smith explains:

Now you can isolate the people who appear in the photo widget, by removing the background. This allows for really cool effects when paired with a background that matches the tool’s background color.

Additionally, you can drag and drop images from other sources into Widgetsmith or upload them from files that include transparency and the widget’s background color will now appear.

Widgetsmith 4.0 release notes from the App Store:

  • Enhanced widget editor to make widget creation and configuration simpler and easier.
  • Widgetsmith provides a wide range of lock screen widgets in all new styles.
  • The ability to isolate people in photos from their background and import photos with transparency.
  • A powerful set of new tools that launch automatically within Widgetsmith when a widget is clicked. These are contextual for each UI element. For example, clicking on the weather widget will bring up the weather forecast for the selected location.

Widgetsmith is available at App Store as a free download With an in-app subscription of $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year to unlock the full experience.

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