Seven Cool iOS 8 Widgets

Seven cool iOS 8 widgets that you can access from your notification screen.  

For those of you that don’t know, iOS notification center widgets allow you to easily access some of your favorite apps right from your notification center.

To add iOS 8 widgets to your iPhone or iPad, just swipe down from the top of your iPhone or iPad screen to enable your notification center.  Next on the “Today” tab scroll all the way down the screen until you see the edit button. Tap edit and you will have the ability to either delete apps or add apps to your notification screen.

“After trying quite a few of the apps that have iOS 8 widgets available, I’ve got seven I really like.”


1.  Check The Weather (.99 – Rated 4+)

I tried several iOS 8 weather widgets and I settled on “Check The Weather” because I like the overall clean layout, plus it gives you both hourly and weekly forecasts.


2.  PCalc Lite (Free – Rated 4+)

This is a very handy calculator app that allows you to access your calculator from any screen on your iPhone or iPad by swiping down from the notification Center! It’s gonna get the job done for simple problems, but it’s not a scientific calculator.  So if you just want you to do a simple calculation or maybe calculate a tip it’s a great little tool for that.


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3.  Evernote (Free – Rated 4+)

I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of the Evernote app before and being able to access it from your iOS notification center makes it even that much better.  You can create a text document, access the camera and photos, as well as set up reminders and lists.  This is a very convenient feature, especially if you’re a regular Evernote user.



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4.  iMonitor (Free – Rated 4+)

iMonitor is an iOS 8 widget that allows you to stay on top of your iPad or iPhone’s free storage, free memory, CPU memory and it will let you know how much of your iPhone or iPad memory is currently being used.


5.  BuzzFeed (Free – Rated 3.5)

I must admit Buzzfeed is one of my guilty pleasures.  The BuzzFeed iPhone and iPad app gives you trending news stories across the web, everything from funny to serious, to just plain weird!


6.  Argus (Free – Rated 4)

This is a really convenient iOS 8 health widget that’s been featured everywhere from the Apple’s new TV ad to USA Today, CNN, TechCrunch, Gizmodo and a lot of others.   The Argus app that allows you to, not only track your steps, but calorie count, there’s GPS for cycling or running, you can also track of your daily water intake and track your meals! I am loving this iOS 8 health notification center widget, plus it’s got a great looking layout as well!


7.  Bing Search:

The Bing app features the Bing “image of the day”, which is pretty neat, and it also gives you  a quick look at the daily trending topics, sports and news.


There are a lot of new iOS 8 notification center widgets available and hopefully many great ones to come.  What’s your favorite new iOS 8 notification center widget?


  1. Alex London on October 9, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Evernote is such a useful app, I have it on all my devices – it’s unusual for such a good app to be free! I’m definitely going to check out Argus! Thank’s for this!