There are some memories that you want to relive and remember forever. The best way to do this is to place them directly on your iPhone̵7;s home screen. To add photos to your iPhone home screen using widgets.
With iOS 14 and later, you can add widgets directly to the home screen. Home screen widgets are quite versatile and you can see your reminders, calendar and yes, even photos directly on your home screen.
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Apple has a built-in photo widget that displays random photos from your photo library. But if you have 20,000 photos in your iCloud photos, it will not be so useful. It is better to create a custom widget to display only a certain image or a couple of your favorite photos.
This can be done quite easily with the free Widgetsmith app.
How to create a custom photo widget with widgetsmith
With Widgetsmith, you can create and customize widgets based on templates. You can either use a photo or an album (which the widget will scroll through).
After downloading the Widgetsmith app, first open the app and navigate to Settings> Permissions to grant Photos access permission.
Now when you go to the “Widgets” tab, you will see that Widgetsmith already has templates for small, medium and large widgets. To create a new widget, press the “Add (size) widget” button. Now select a widget that you want to edit.
Again, tap the widget preview from the center of the screen.
Now, from the “Style” tab, scroll down to the Custom section. Here you see two options: Photo and Photo in album.
To add a single image, select the “Photo” option.
Press the “Selected photo” tab and select the “Select photo” option from here.
Browse your library now and select a photo.
After selecting the photo, press the “Back” button to return to the widget preview.
To select an album, select the “Photo in album” option.
Then select an album that you want to display on your home screen from the “Selected album” section. Press the “Back” button to return to the widget preview screen.
Here you can rename the widget if you want. Press the “Save” button to save the name. Then select the “Save” button again to save the widget.
How to add photo widget to iPhone home screen
Now that we’ve created the photo widget, it’s time to add it to your home screen.
Go to your iPhone’s home screen page where you want to add the widget and press and hold on the home screen until you enter edit mode on the home screen (where the icons start jiggling).
Now tap the “+” icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
Select the “Widgetsmith” app here.
Now change to the size of the widget you created above (small, medium or large) and press the “Add widget” button.
You will now see the Widgetsmith widget on your home screen, but it may not show photos. To edit the widget, just tap it while you are still in juggling mode.
Select “Widget” in the menu.
Here you switch to the widget we created in the section above.
Now you see your photo (or photos) in the widget. You can move the widget anywhere on the Home screen. Now just swipe up from the home field, or press the home button to exit edit mode.
And that’s all. You just added some photos to your iPhone home screen!
You can repeat this process to create multiple widgets, in multiple sizes. You can even stack a couple of photo widgets on top of each other!
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