When working remotely or having friends and family living in another country, it is important to know what time it is over time zones. A world clock (or time zone) widget on your iPhone̵7;s home screen makes it much easier.
We prefer the following options:
- World clock widget: This built-in widget is only analog and fairly basic, but it does the job.
- Widgetsmith: This popular widget builder tool has a world clock function that displays the time in several places in digital format. It is also extremely customizable.
- World Clock Time Widget: This is great for converting time zones. It also has a visual timeline for each location, so you know if it’s day, night or the next day, at a specific location.
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The process of adding widgets to your iPhone home screen is the same for all apps (more on that later). Let’s first set up a widget from each app we mentioned above.
Customize the World Clock Widget
If you’re already using the World Clock feature in Apple’s Clock app, you’re ready! If not, open the “Clock” app and navigate to the “World Clock” tab.
Click here on the plus sign (+) at the top right.
Search now and add a place.
Repeat this process until you have added each location you want to your home screen. Now all that is left is to add the widget.
Customize the Widgetsmith World Clock Widget
Widgetsmith is a custom widget builder with multiple templates for calendars, reminders, photos and yes, a world clock.
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Before you can customize a widget, you must first add locations. To do so, open the Widgetsmith app, tap the “Tools” tab, and then tap “World Time.”
Click here “Edit places”.
Then search for and add places.
Once all 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 chose medium for our example). You can also add or select a widget to customize it.
Touch a widget preview to edit it.
Touch “Time in places” in the “Style” section.
In the “Places” section, select all the places you want to display in the widget.
Then select the options you want in the “Font”, “Tint Color”, “Background Color” and “Border Color” sections to customize your widget. When you are done, press the back arrow.
You can rename your widget at the top and 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 places around the world. The basic themes Light and Dark are included in the free version. But for 99 cents a month, you can also get access to a live time zone converter and various themes.
To get started, open the “World Clock Time Widget” app and then tap the plus sign (+) at the top right.
Search for and select any location you want to add to the world clock.
Touch the gear icon to open “Settings” and change the format of the watch.
To add a widget to the iPhone Home screen
Now that you’ve created your widget, it’s time to add it to your iPhone’s home screen.
To do so, press and hold an empty area on the home screen until all icons wiggle. Then press the plus sign (+) at the top left.
Scroll down and tap the app (Clock, Widgetsmith or World Clock) where you created your widget.
Then go to the widget page for the size you selected earlier. Here you see previews of various widgets that are specific to that app.
Tap “Add Widget” to add one to the Home screen.
Your widget should now be on the home screen. If you are using Widgetsmith and do not see the world clock, tap the widget to edit it.
In the “Widget” section, tap the “World Clock” widget you created above.
All widgets have their own menus. For the clock widget, you see options for rearranging and disabling cities. With the widget options in the World Clock Time Widget app, you can also change the theme.
That’s all there is! You now have a world clock widget directly on your iPhone’s home screen.
If you prefer, you can also stack widgets on top of each other and browse through them whenever you want.
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