Homescreen widgets on my Android phone now play an essential role in my daily life. When I first used an Android phone, I instantly fell in love with these live tiles (or so I thought of them) and they’ve gotten better over the years. Now that 2017 is here, some of the widgets (and their respective apps) are still just as useful and just as awesome, so I am sharing the top 10 best Android widgets ever with you guys now.
Since this is a general list of the best Android widgets, it includes all types of widgets, including clock widgets, weather widgets, toggles, social media and any other widgets that made the cut. You can look at some of our other posts for more specific widget selections.
#1. DashClock Widget
Choosing the first widget on this list wasn’t exactly easy, but I have to say DashClock is worth the top spot. While you will be forgiven for thinking it’s just another widget, trust me when I say it can really change your Android experience and get you hooked from the first time you use it. After you install it (Play Store link is below), you will be able to set it on your phone or tablet’s lockscreen, as well as the homescreen.
However, it is the former (lockscreen) where it really does its magic. You will find almost any extension you want and some of the ones I found really useful were word of the day, battery stats, world time and weather updates. Alongside these, the widget also gives you multiple panes for your lockscreen, allowing you to create a homescreen of sorts before you go to your actual homescreen (I know it can sound a bit confusing).
Nevertheless, there are tons of customization options, including the general appearance of the widget and the information you want it to display. If you haven’t tried it as yet, you must give it a go today. Just remember that it only works for phones and tablets running Android 4.2 or higher.
#2. Google Keep
The Google Keep widget is second on my list and my homescreen can’t do without it. While the app itself works great for jotting down quick notes, saving images and creating to-do lists, the widget is an essential feature. If you set it up on your homescreen you can see all your notes and lists quickly, scroll down for more and even add new ones on the go. The widget is fast, smooth and can sync all your notes over multiple phones and tablets when you set them up with your Google account. All in all, if you want a good widget for quick notes, reminders and to-do lists on your Android phone or tablet, Google Keep is a must try.
#3. Plume for Twitter
This is more of a personal choice, depending on whether you use Twitter or not. If you do though, Plume has one of the best widgets for Twitter on Android. I’ve currently set it up full-length on one of my homescreens and it syncs automatically with the main app to update Tweets in real time. Replying to tweets, retweeting or posting new ones directly using the widget is easy and you can also customize the appearance of the widget and select from different lists to check tweets, direct mentions and messages. The free app has ads, but also lets you set up more than one Twitter account if you need to.
#4. Power Toggles
Power Toggles is another useful homescreen widget which lets you quickly toggle functions like Wifi, GPS, Bluetooth, Mobile Data and many more. The widget is also customizable and you can choose from around 40 different toggles alongside application and system shortcuts for quick access. While all of these toggles and settings are accessible through the notification bar, having this widget can save a lot of time and a few swipes and taps.
#5. Zooper Widget
Zooper Widget adds a whole new level of customization features to your Android phone or tablet and can lead to some epic-looking homescreens. You can download tons of different templates and create your own custom widgets with different information heads like system information, weather details, calendar, connection information and time. There are both free and paid versions, but the free features are enough to excite anyone with the possibilities.
#6. 1Weather: Widget Forecast Radar
While there are literally tons of weather widgets for Android, 1Weather is undoubtedly one of the best, if not the best. If you haven’t tried it as yet, you should download it right now. 1Weather really has some of the best looking weather widgets with different variations and they are backed by features like real-time updates, reliable forecasting and animated depictions of the time and weather. You can also share the current weather over social networks and the widget can also be integrated into the DashClock widget (#1 on this list).
#7. DIGI Clock Widget
Sometimes you just want a simple clock widget which can be easily customized and is light on resources – DIGI Clock Widget is all of that and more. There are different date and time formats to choose from and whether you are considering setting it up on your Android phone or tablet, you will be able to do so in a variety of sizes. It can easily serve as lockscreen widget (on Android 4.2 and above) and you can choose from a good selection of font styles to go with your taste.
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#8. Battery HD
Who doesn’t love a good battery widget? While there are plenty of them available on the Play Store, Battery HD is one of the best you’ll find. The app can display battery usage charts, stats and estimated timings, which can be set to show on your homescreen using the widget. With Battery HD, it is not so much about visual appeal as it is about simplicity and functionality.
Flipboard is the best magazine style reader for Android and the widget is also quite useful if you are a regular user of the main app. You can simply set up the widget on your homescreen and get a preview of new stories in your favourite categories. You can tap the refresh button or tap on a story preview to go to the full page where you can read further. All in all, the widget is a good way to keep an eye on latest news in your areas of interest and catch up with them on the go.
#10. HD Widgets
There was a time when I didn’t use my Android phone without one of these widgets on my homescreen. HD Widgets has a whole set of different widgets with several varieties for almost everything, including date, time, calendar, toggle switches and weather information. The widgets are easily customized and can be set in any size you want. If youwant a one-stop widget collection which looks good and offers great customization options, look no further than HD Widgets.
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As I said earlier in this post, there are tons of different widgets available for both Android phones and tablets, but these were the top 10 and the best in my view. If you’d like to suggest any other Android widgets, please feel free to comment below and let us know.
Meanwhile, if you want to get more tips about Android customization or understand how themes on Android work, check out our Android Customization Guide.
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