15 Best Android Widgets

by: Joe HindyMarch 20, 2015

Widgets don’t garner the huge draw that they once did. One day years ago widgets used to be an essential feature that set Android apart from its competition but the competition have since gotten wise and have added widgets as well. That said, a lot of people still use widgets and they can be an important part of any phone home screen set up. Below is our updated list of the best Android widgets and above is our original video for the best Android widgets!

1Weather best weather apps for android1Weather

[Price: Free with in app purchases]

One of the best weather apps period.

  • Includes re-configurable home screen widgets.
  • Just weather or you can also have a clock/weather combination widget.
  • Free to use so you can at least try it without spending money.
  • The app itself is excellently designed.
  • Android Wear support.
  • DashClock support as well as Daydream support.
  • A few miscellaneous bugs here and there.
1Weather provides a number of great weather and clock widget options which also link to a fairly competent and well-designed application. It’s an overall great option for those who want a simple weather/clock combo.
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1Weather the best weather apps for Android

best android widgets - battery widget rebornBattery Widget Reborn

[Price: Free / $1.99]
Battery Widget Reborn was but a beta at this point last year and it has blossomed into one of the must have widgets if you need a battery widget. It’s customizable in a number of ways that allows for a bunch of shapes and colors. This means it’ll go well with almost any theme and it’s not overly expensive at $1.99 for the pro version.

More battery information than you can shake a battery at.

  • Sleek, customizable widget can find a place in almost any theme.
  • The app itself is informative with pretty much any battery stat you need.
  • Includes other goodies like Dash Clock support, a torch function, and more.
  • There is a free version you can try first!
  • Some bugs associated with the app such as update issues.
  • If you have slow internet, the Play Store authentication can take longer than expected.
If you need a battery widget, we recommend you take a look at this one.
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battery widget reborn - best android widgets

beautiful widgets - best android widgetsBeautiful Widgets

[Price: Free / $2.75]
Beautiful Widgets has been around for a long time. It came about and received popularity when people were looking for a substitute for the famous HTC Sense camera widget and has remained popular ever since. The price has gradually declined over the years but it’s still an amazing option for those who need widgets.

There's a reason it's been popular for years.

  • Many widget styles and they come in a myriad of sizes.
  • Hundreds of themes to match any home screen decor.
  • Includes widgets for clock, weather, toggles, and battery among others.
  • First paid Android app to ever reach 1 million downloads.
  • There are some bugs here and there, including issues with location and weather being reported.
  • Surfing themes can be a pain because there are a whole bunch of them.
  • May be slow, laggy, or unresponsive on older or lower end devices.
With its mammoth theme selection and many widget styles, Beautiful Widgets is a great option for those who know they need something but are unsure what it is.
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beautiful widgets - best android widgets

clock now best android widgetsClock Now

[Price: Free]
Clock now is a minimal-style clock widget that resembles Google Now cards. It’s in the style of the old Google Now cards but nevertheless there are those who enjoy that kind of theming. It comes in dark and light colors and has a few widget styles.

Sometimes simple is better.

  • Neutral theming and transparency helps this app work on almost any theme.
  • Includes clock widget and toggles widget.
  • In the style of Google Now cards and Holo theming which fits right in on Nexus devices.
  • It's free!
  • It is a little simple and that means fewer customization options.
  • If you need something more than a clock or a toggle then this is not the app for you.
  • Developer no longer supports this app so eventually it will become incompatible with everything.
It’s not as complex as some of these others but sometimes you don’t need complex. It’s also free which is a huge plus.
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Clock Now - best Android widgets

chronus best DashClock extensionsChronus Home and Lock Widget

[Price: Free / $1.99]

More than just a clock.

  • A competent clock/weather widget that provides a more minimal flavor.
  • Includes additional functionality such as RSS reading, calendar, support, built-in Gmail, missed calls, and text messages. May require extension download.
  • DashClock support (except Lollipop). Also Android Wear support.
  • Works on the lock screen as well.
  • No DashClock support on Android 5.x (not the developer's fault but still a bad thing).
Chronus represents and inexpensive and well-rounded option in widgets. It has a lot of features and can perform a lot of different functions.
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dashclock widget - best android lock screen appsDashClock Widget

[Price: Free]

More of a widget than most widgets.

  • Free to use with a lot of functionality in the base app.
  • Stock functionality includes clock, weather, calendar support, Gmail, and next alarm.
  • DashClock has a bunch of plugins that extend functionality, including flashlight support. In fact, several apps on this very list have DashClock support.
  • Free to use with no in app purchases.
  • Works on the lock screen and home screen.
  • May be too minimal for those looking for more flashy widgets.
  • Some bugs here and there.
DashClock Widget may look minimal, but it packs a ton of functionality for both your home screen and lock screen. You can also check out our list of the best DashClock extensions here.
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DashClock Widget - best android lock screen apps

digical calendar best android widgetsDigiCal+ Calendar & Widgets

[Price: Free / $4.95]
A good calendar widget can be hard to come by thanks to the sheer amount of information they need to display. DigiCal+ Calendar & Widgets seems to have this task under control with their calendar widgets. It rates a 4.5 rating in the Google Play Store. Even though the widgets aren’t all that customizable, they do come in neutral colors so it should fit with most themes. The calendar app itself is fairly solid too.

A calendar widget worth your time.

  • Transparency and neutral colors help this app work with most themes.
  • Boasts six different calendar views and six widgets that also work on the lock screen.
  • Some light customization options to help tweak the widgets to your taste.
  • Holo light and dark themes available for Android purists.
  • $4.95 can be steep for a calendar app. We think it's worth it but we understand if you don't.
  • If you enjoyed the weather addition to the calendar, be prepared to pay for a subscription for it.
  • A few graphical and performance glitches on certain (older) devices.
There’s a free trial if you want to try it before you buy it but if you’re looking for calendar widgets, it doesn’t get much better than this.
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digical calendar & widget - best android widgets

tiny flashlight best Android flashlight apps with the least permissionsPretty much any flashlight app with a widget

[Price: Vaires but generally free]

The most useful reason for owning a camera with a flash.

  • Most flashlight apps have home screen widgets for quick flashlight access.
  • Our list (linked below) has flashlight apps that require the bare minimum permissions.
  • Most are generally free.
  • They also generally work on most phones (that have a flash).
  • Screen light options for those without a camera flash.
  • Some don't have widgets.
  • Using these is probably really bad for the flash module on your smartphone.
It’s true that Lollipop are invalidating the need for these apps and one day these won’t be needed. Currently, Lollipop isn’t on that many devices so they’re still useful! Click the button to see our list of the best Android flashlight apps.
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flashlight by simgears best Android flashlight apps with the least permissions

Google Keep Best android appsGoogle Keep

[Price: Free]

Nice and simple with all the right features.

  • Widget lets you take notes quickly which is about the speed most people want to jot down a note.
  • Notes themselves can be labeled, shared with friends (great for grocery lists!), and color coded for your convenience.
  • Syncs with your Google Drive (drive.com/keep).
  • Free with no in app purchases.
  • Simplicity is its biggest strength but those who need more features may want to try Evernote.
  • Google hates it when you delete things for some reason and the app promotes 'archiving'. You can delete but it requires menu diving.
Google Keep doesn’t have the rock solid list of features that Evernote does, but it’s great for those who want to keep it simple and Keep has some decent widgets.
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HD Widgets - best android widgetsHD Widgets

[Price: $1.99]
HD Widgets was right alongside Beautiful Widgets as an older app that became popular when the HTC Sense clock widget was in town. It has since expanded greatly and has adapted to today’s widget needs much better. It boasts complete customization, a lot of widget options, and even a couple of add ons. You can watch our review of HD Widgets below.

  • Amazing level of customization.
  • Widgets for clock, weather, toggles, battery, and others.
  • Colourform and Kairo theme packs extend customization and styles. They also allow for more modern theming.
  • Widgets for tablets too!
  • The actual app is fairly functional as well.
  • Widget selection changes based on your screen size, operating system, etc. So your mileage may vary.
  • Latest update has caused some issues for some people.
  • Not all widgets are supported on Kairo and Colourform and we think that's a shame.
This is a masterpiece in the world of widgets and $1.99 is about half the price that it used to be.
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system monitor best android widgetsSystem Monitor

[Price: Free / $3.99]

Knowing is half the battle.

  • Monitors six things in total: CPU, RAM, I/O, Network, Apps, and Battery.
  • Free version and paid version.
  • You can also open the app as a floating window.
  • The widgets look good and should mesh well with most themes.
  • Some devices, namely 8-core processors seem to have the occasional trouble.
  • A couple of bugs here and there. Nothing serious.
System Monitor is a clean app for those who want to keep an eye on the statistics of their devices. It’s powerful and the widgets look good.
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system monitor best android widgets

taptu icon - best android widgetsTaptu

[Price: Free]
Taptu is an interesting news app that throws design standards out of the window and does its own thing. The app itself is pretty good but the widgets are also really solid. Usually with a news app you get a list of stories that you can view if you click the app. Taptu widgets allow for a more custom experience and it’s a little more friendly for those who want to browse news from the home screen instead of the app.

One of the best ways to bring news to your home screen.

  • The widgets are somewhat customizable which is still better than most widgets from news readers.
  • Taptu itself is a very solid and enjoyable news reader.
  • Social media support so you could actually use this to check social media too.
  • It's free!
  • There are a lot of features and some of them you probably won't use.
  • There have been some bugs and server issues popping up recently that Taptu is working on but they aren't fixed yet.
If you want news on your home screen, this is the app we recommend.
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taptu - best android widgets

Todoist best free Android appsTodoist

[Price: Free with in app purchases]

A great app to coordinate your tasks.

  • The app is solid, but it also comes with a Chrome extension, and desktop apps. Cross platform support is good.
  • Simple to use.
  • You can use it free to go premium, there are plenty of features either way.
  • Widgets allow you to use pretty much the entire app straight from the home screen.
  • Offline support.
  • You can also share tasks, assign tasks to others, and engage with other collaborative features.
  • Some don't like that you have to pay for what they consider basic features.
  • There isn't a parity in features between platforms. The desktop apps are a bit more powerful.
Todoist is a great time management and to-do list app with a good set of widgets and excellent features.
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ultimate custom widget (uccw) - best android widgetsUCCW – Ultimate Custom Widget

[Price: Free]
You’ve been reading this whole time about widgets made by others so now we’ll talk about making your own! UCCW made its way into fame when it became the first truly competent application that lets you build your own widgets with your own features. There are a limited number of actions that you can assign but this is great for people who just can’t find what they’re looking for in these other apps.

You've tried the others, why not make your own?

  • Create your own widgets with your own themes and colors.
  • Plenty of widget features including unread counts for gmail, missed calls, battery, clock, weather, and many others.
  • You can share skins which means you can download skins too. So if you find one you like, you don't have to build it.
  • It's free!
  • Plenty of add ons and skins available in the Google Play Store.
  • There is a learning curve for this app so may have to sit down and actually learn it.
  • It's still a work in progress and that means there are bugs here and there. Some of which have been around for a long time.
  • If you're skills in design rival that of a farm animal like mine do, your widgets will turn out pretty bad.
It’s free in the Google Play Store so there’s no reason not to try it out!
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zooper widget pro best android widgetsZooper Widget

[Price: Free / $2.49]
Last and certainly not least is Zooper Widget. Much like UCCW, Zooper Widget allows you to create your own custom widgets. Unlike UCCW, Zooper is a bit more polished of an effort and you can create some truly amazing stuff with this app. Our own Jonathan Feist has a whole series dedicated to making awesome Zooper widgets. To get everything, it’ll cost you $2.49 but you can use the free version to try it out first.

  • The most polished 'make your own widget' experience out there.
  • You can create some truly awesome stuff with this.
  • Loads of customization.
  • You get most of the features in the free version but the pro version is still very much worth it.
  • Like UCCW this is a work in progress and thus there will be bugs.
  • Also like UCCW if you have the design skills of a first grader, your widgets will look like they were designed by a first grader.
If you’re looking to create your own widgets, stop reading and go get this.
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Zooper Widget Drop Shadow AA best android widgets

Wrap up

This is a small sample of the widgets that Android has to offer. It’s a really good sample, but a sample nevertheless. If we missed an incredible widget or set of widgets then feel free to let us know in the comments!

  • thartist

    Hmmm… HD Widgets is not only paid but stuck between Gingerbread/Sense. Wouldn’t ever give it a try.
    On the other hand ClockNow looks amazing and is free! (and i didn’t know of it) Thanks!

    • Mark Nemeth

      It has a new addon called Colourform which brings modern and simplistic themes to HDW.

  • 윌 스튜어트

    Surprised Multicon wasn’t mentioned :O It’s a great widget that lets you put more apps on the home screen, it’s also very easy to use I highly recommend everyone try it:


  • StoosUpstate

    Found your article on Taptu. Used the card widget for months now. Its the shizzz. Good info

  • SeraZR™

    Really??? UCCW ??? It should be on the top!

    most of the awesome screens on mycolourscreen use UCCW;endless possibilities!
    i surprised to see that missin

    • Dan000

      If you like UCCW, you’ll love Zooper Widget – it’s much less clunky and you can do pretty much everything UCCW can do.

      Oh, and it doesn’t keep running when you stop using it like UCCW does.

      • SeraZR™

        yea i already tried it and it is simply fantastic!! Although there are somethings u can’t do on zooper (hard to explain :P)

        • JosephHindy

          These are also in alphabetical order lol, not in order of importance.

        • mobilemann

          can you trigger tasker tasks from UCCW? Cause that’s the coolest thing about zooper

  • Bjajjull

    UCCW? Desktop Visualizer? Minimalistic Text? That’s all you need to make an awesome homescreen.

  • SeraZR™

    Zooper Widget pro?

  • Neilio Riddokaczech

    You mentioned that there are many many widgets. And you showed a couple good ones. However, it seems to me that 98% of widgets end up being nothing more than a giant button to open an app. I can’t stand those widgets. I wish developers would spend more time on widgets.
    I’m excited to go try that calender app. I hope I can use it without opening an app. Thanks!

    • Neilio Riddokaczech

      Only the paid version gets the month view. Nope. Not paying for something I dont even know works.

  • BJRCollins

    I have had the full BW set for some time, and no matter what device or even using the most basic of features, it’s beautiful alright, for about two hours. After that one might be forgiven for thinking their device is stroking out. Is this a case of it’s good because that’s what “they say?” shame because in its prime it was gorgeous.

  • Few more excellent widgets for mighty Android users http://www.androidtoapple.com/2013/06/top-10-android-widgets-of-2013.html

  • Benjasin

    AIX weather, beautiful widgets and minimalistic text imo

  • mobilemann

    zooper + tasker = the only useful widgets. have fun with your giant clocks tho!

    • JosephHindy

      That’s a really good recommendation, but you don’t have to be so caustic and rude about it.

      • mobilemann

        Sorry its just how I am

  • Sequoia46.2

    I like Power Toggles for system toggles, Minimalistic Text for custom text info widgets, Simple Calendar Widget for an agenda style widget, and Simple RSS Widget for RSS feeds that open in the browser.

  • Grail0375

    Event Flow Calendar Widget is a free alternative to DigiCal. You can also customize the look and fonts.

  • Jayfeather787

    Dash Clock Widget!!!

    • JosephHindy

      That one is kind of a gray area. These are meant to be home screen widgets and dash clock is pretty much only lock screen. Different function different list ☺

      • Jayfeather787

        I use it on my home screen.

      • Azeem

        It is used on homescreen as well.

  • AllPurposeRadio

    Chronus does almost everything… clock, weather, calendar, rss feed, even Facebook all in one widget or separately.
    Recent updates have made the widgets in GReader Pro the best I’ve seen in news app.
    While I love some of the more recent Twitter client apps(Talon, Fenix) Falcon Pro is still the gold standard from a scrolling widget perspective

  • Nick

    Dsshclock widget

  • Elromon
  • Azeem

    Dashclock Widget.

  • sholling

    Let’s not forget Folder Organizer and Executive assistant. Folder Organizer allows you to organize and group your apps by type/function. Executive assistant unifies your calendar app, your email app, and your text and messaging apps into one place with previews.

  • fredphoesh

    HD sucks the crap out of battery life. I keep on trying it, but keep on removing it… never seems to improve this major flaw.

    • JosephHindy

      Lower the weather refresh rate and don’t set geolocation (set it manually). Boom, battery issues gone.

  • Tor Schjølberg

    Top widgets for 2014 developed In ancient history

  • Sunny

    missed out the great
    Today Calendar Widget.
    Best widget imo

  • Govind Bhanushali

    Add “Any Text Widget” to this list : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bhanu.anytextwidget

    very Simple, nice design app for making Text widgets for android, app
    have all the basic function requested.. Developer made it clean app, not
    lot of confusing options, only the important function to make simple
    text widgets on homescreen and lockscreen.

  • Basil Alias
  • Here is our new Android application, Unique Widgets


    I thought you might find it useful to add to list

  • Kami no Tsurugi

    I like the Yahoo! Weather Widget a lot. It shows me the time, lets me add cities I’m interested in, the weather of course, and amazing new daily wallpapers! It’s amazing, and I recommend it over every other Weather App.

  • Niloofar Tavakoli
  • Jigar Pansiniya

    I am using this great “To – Do Wigdet” app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.iprospl.todowidget&hl=en.

    It has many options like alarms, moving tasks to different dates, sync with multiple devices etc. and a very good flat design and best part is easy to use.

    I will recommend this app.

  • John Smith

    QuickLook All In One widget is the best I’ve found so far. Best balance of ease of use and customization (Zooper is an overload). Nohting gives you all the key content as quickly: news, weather, calendar, and my favorite: real-time stock quotes. All I need!

  • Arcendus

    These are all pretty hideous.

  • ori

    Anyone knows of a free ‘ram optimization’ widget that will ‘clean’ the ram with a click on a widget. Something that doesnt take more than 1×1 or 1×2 blocks.


    • Gabest

      Clean Master widget is pretty nice

  • Lipsoka

    fckin autoplay vids, IT’S FCKIN NIGHT AND EVERYONE SLEEPS, you fckin pos