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28/09/2020

How To Customise Your Apps for Free on iOS 14

How To Customise Your Apps for Free on iOS 14

iOS 14 recently became available on some of the later iPhone models from the 16th of September onwards. Alongside the usual security updates and slight alterations to device interfaces, Apple added widgets to iOS 14, which offers a new way to view your home screen.

You may have seen people on social media with neatly organised and aesthetically pleasing home screens, and many of these will be paid-for widgets that have been made by designers. In this article however, we will be explaining how you can create widgets for your iPhone’s home screen using a free app.

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The free app that we will be discussing in this article is Widgetsmith. This app will allow you to make custom widgets for free (up until you pay for a subscription for added extras), where you can choose the size, font colour, background colour, border colour and more. Some commonly used apps that are available on Widgetsmith that you can customise for free now include time, date, photos, calendar, reminders, weather and health. Most iPhone users check at least a couple of these daily, so having them clearly visible on your home screen will enable you to make the most of your iPhone’s settings.

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How To Make a Widget Using Widgetsmith

Download Widgetsmith from the App Store > Choose whether you want to make a small, medium or large widget > Select Add Widget for your selected size > Select Default Widget for a standard widget, or Add a Timed Widget if you want to make your widget appear at a specific time.

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From here, you will have options to choose the widget’s Style, Font, Tint Colour and Background Colour. Once you have finished making your customisations, you can then select the back arrow > Save > then return to the home screen.

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Next, you can add the widget to your home screen, and drag it to wherever you want to put it. If you have made more than one widget in that particular size, then select Edit Widget and select the widget that you have made that you want to add.

The sky is the limit when it comes to the many ways that you can customise your home screen using Widgetsmith. Give yourself some time to get creative with this app, and make your iPhone work for you.

Gabrielle

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Apple's Environmental Report 2020 Highlights

Apple's Environmental Report 2020 Highlights

Apple have released their environmental report for 2020, which outlines their sustainability practices across all stages of the supply chain, from manufacturing to packaging across all stages of the production cycle. We will be analysing this information and highlighting some of the key facts that Apple have disclosed in their report to see if they are on track to achieving their sustainability goals in 2030.

iPhone 12 Environmental Reports

iPhone 12 Environmental Reports

The new iPhone range has been released alongside their environmental reports, we analyse the individual reports and find out where any improvements have been made. Apple have an ambitious target of zero net emissions by 2030, we take a look to see if their devices are taking a step in the right direction.

Which iPhone 12 Should I Get? iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max

Which iPhone 12 Should I Get? iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max

The iPhone 12 model that you should get will depend on a number of factors, namely your budget and your preferences for your device’s features. In summary, the iPhone 12 Mini is a smaller version of the iPhone 12, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max is a larger version of the iPhone 12 Pro with some more sophisticated photography features.