19 best Notification Centre widgets for iPhone & iPad in iOS 9

Widgets were first implemented in iOS 8, allowing app developers to display information and alerts in your iPhone or iPad's Notification Centre; and the feature is more advanced than ever in iOS 9. In this article we round up the 19 best Notification Centre widgets

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Best Notification Centre widgets: How to edit your widgets

First things first: before you download any new apps, take a look at your current Notification Centre to see what's already there. Swipe down from the top of your screen, then tap the Today tab. This is how iOS 9 does widgets - in a uniform, minimalist design that's easy on the eyes.

You should already see Apple's widget listings there, which include Calendar, Weather, Stocks and Reminders. Scroll down to the bottom of the Today tab and tap Edit to add more. You'll then see a list of every app on your iPhone that is compatible with widgets, meaning the developer has built that functionality into the app itself. The apps already included in your personal Notification Centre are marked at the top; apps that are compatible but not included are found below. Just tap the red circle to remove an app, or the green circle to add one.

There are plenty more apps available if you'd like to add more widgets. Download any of the apps we look at in the rest of this article, then go back to Notification Centre to add them to your Today view.

We'll warn you, though: it's really easy to add too many widgets, way too fast, making your lovely clean Notification Centre look like a TMI explosion. If you choose carefully, you can curate the perfect collection of widgets for your needs.

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First things first: before you download any new apps, take a look at your current Notification Centre to see what's already there. Swipe down from the top of your screen, then tap the Today tab. This is how iOS 9 does widgets - in a uniform, minimalist design that's easy on the eyes.

You should already see Apple's widget listings there, which include Calendar, Weather, Stocks and Reminders. Scroll down to the bottom of the Today tab and tap Edit to add more. You'll then see a list of every app on your iPhone that is compatible with widgets, meaning the developer has built that functionality into the app itself. The apps already included in your personal Notification Centre are marked at the top; apps that are compatible but not included are found below. Just tap the red circle to remove an app, or the green circle to add one.

There are plenty more apps available if you'd like to add more widgets. Download any of the apps we look at in the rest of this article, then go back to Notification Centre to add them to your Today view.

We'll warn you, though: it's really easy to add too many widgets, way too fast, making your lovely clean Notification Centre look like a TMI explosion. If you choose carefully, you can curate the perfect collection of widgets for your needs.

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Best Notification Centre widgets: AFAR Travel Guide

Free, AFAR Travel Guide

Gorgeous travel guide and magazine AFAR built its widget to display cool things nearby to explore, broken down by tabs (eat, drink, do, and more). The app itself allows you to look at travel guides for cities and countries around the world, which is created by AFAR-appointed experiential travellers and locals.

With more than 80,000+ unique travel experiences, the app and widget will give you a lot of information to plan your day and night trips.

 

Best Notification Centre widgets: Ancestry

Free, Ancestry

Finding out where you came from, through photos, stories and historical documents, is always interesting, and these days it's easier than ever to delve deeper and deeper into your family history.

This app allows you to explore your family's stories, and its widget reminds you of milestones from your family tree, like birthdays, anniversaries and death dates. If you typically don't jot those dates down in your calendar app, Ancestry's widget is a helpful reminder.

 

Best Notification Centre widgets: Audible

Free, Audible

Audible is without doubt the best way to listen to audiobooks on your iOS device. Whether you want to catch up with the latest Stephen King novel while you're in the bath, or enjoy a spot of Hilary Mantel when out for a run, Audible has got you covered.

With its widget you'll also be able to tell at a glance how many hours you've been listening to books over the past day, week, month, or since your membership began.

There are also indicators of how close you are to reading milestones, and encouragements to push on for a few chapters more and gain one of the services' many badges.

 

Best Notification Centre widgets: Buzzfeed

Free, BuzzFeed

Looking for a distraction, want to know what's trending or even what the internet is raving about? For the latest in adorable animals and celebrity listicles, BuzzFeed has you covered. Its widget shows you one article at a time, with an image, which you can tap to read, bookmark, or skip to check out another story.

The BuzzFeed app works both on the iPhone and iPad, meaning it is a perfect companion to procrastinate during the day.

 

Best Notification Centre widgets: Calendars 5

Free, Calendars 5

One of the most useful types of widget on Android is the calendar. With a quick swipe you can check your agenda, quickly add another appointment, then return to your day.

Calendars 5 is a fully fledged organisation app, complete with iPad and iPhone optimised versions. It also packs a very handy widget that displays your daily agenda and also allows you to add entries directly from the widget.

It’s a very tidy design that accompanies an excellent app, although you’ll need to spend £4.99 to get it. We think it’s money well spent.

 

Best Notification Centre widgets: Duolingo

Free, Duolingo

Having troubles learning a new language or want to learn a new one from scratch? Language-learning app Duolingo give you the ability to do just that.

With its widget built to include your daily goal and progress too, it allows you to keep on-track with your learning. It's cute, simple and unobtrusive while delivering useful info; perfect as a widget.

 

Best Notification Centre widgets: Evernote

Free, Evernote

Evernote is a ridiculously handy app, and once you get to grips with it, that little elephant logo becomes one of the most important on your device.

For years now Android users have had a Quick Note widget that instantly accesses some of Evernote's excellent notation features, and finally iOS has the same. Now when you want to create a text document for remembering important facts, or take a snapshot of that birthday present idea, just drag down on the Notification centre and tap the icon on the widget.

Simple, fast, and incredibly useful. Just like you'd expect from Evernote. 

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Best Notification Centre widgets: The Guardian

Free, Guardian

One good use for notification widgets is that of breaking news. The Guardian app is already one of the best interpretations of a modern, digital newspaper, and with the new widget you can have three headline stories always sitting in your notifications window.

The choice of news you can display is still limited at the moment, as you can only elect to have Top Stories, Most Popular, or narrow it down to one category, such as Technology. This does stop the app taking over the window, but it would be nice to be able to combine sections in the future.

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Best Notification Centre widgets: Hours Time Tracking

Free, Hours Time Tracking

If you've ever wondered where all your time disappears to, Hours Time Tracking might well provide the answers.

This time tracking app is a simple, fast way to record your routines. To use it you create different timers for specific tasks - say, working on a project; surfing Facebook; commuting - then you use these timers to measure your day.

The results are added to a daily timeline so you can build up detailed reports of your activities. The widget gives you direct access to all your timers with just one swipe, and you can start and stop them right there in the notification windows. 

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Best Notification Centre widgets: iTranslate

Free, iTranslate

There are many apps on iOS that allow you to translate text, spoken words, or even entire menus in no time at all.

iTranslate takes this idea and makes it easy to get fast translations directly from the notification centre. After setting the language you want translated in the app itself, the widget will now quickly convert any text in the clipboard.

Simply drag the notifications window down, tap the widget and your message is immediately inserted and translated. You can of course do all this in the app, but if you’re on holiday, or a business trip, this handy little solution could save you some time.

 

Best Notification Centre widgets: News360

Free, News360

Have you ever wanted to filter the news? News360 does just that. Calling itself "your personalised news reader," it learns what you like to read the more you use it. This personal news reader allows you to skim through the news or read what’s relevant to you. Its widget also shows you the latest stories in your Notification Centre.

We like apps that are personalised to its user and found News360 an excellent app to keep you in the know.

 

Best Notification Centre widgets: Onefootball

Free, Onefootball

If you're one of the millions of people who check their devices each morning for the latest football news, then Onefootball is a good app to have installed.

Once you've set your favourite club team (and also your national one) in the app you'll then be served the top stories relating to them whenever you open the notifications window.

The widget is clean and unobtrusive, displaying just the headline and a small image next to it, so it won't swamp your screen with twenty stories about whether Wayne Rooney is any good or not. 

 

Best Notification Centre widgets: OpenTable

Free, OpenTable

This restaurant reservation app enables you to discover, explore, reserve and manage restaurant reservations. The app itself helps you discover new restaurants; view menus, reviews, and photos; and earn reward points towards your next meal. The app lists more than 32,000+ restaurants worldwide, meaning it can be very useful when discovering new cities. Its widget lists upcoming reservations, which looks great as well as being highly informative.

 

Best Notification Centre widgets: Parcel - Delivery Tracking

Free, Parcel - Delivery Tracking

If you're looking for an app to track deliveries on iPhone and iPad, Parcel is one of the best apps out there.

The app allows you to access tracking information for 265 delivery services, including Royal Mail, Parcelforce, Hermes UK, HDNL, Interlink Express, UK Mail, Yodel, DPD, TNT, Collect+ and FedEx, among many others. Its widget shows what packages are due to be delivered today or tomorrow: very useful information at a glance.

The app is free to download, but if you want to use push notifications or track more than 3 deliveries at the same time you'll need to subscribe to the premium subscription for £1.99 per year - a small price to pay for a fantastic tool, we'd have said.

 

Best Notification Centre widgets: Wdgts

Free, Wdgts

While many of the widgets here are simplified versions of larger apps, Wdgts is purpose-built to work in the notifications window.

This free app comes with eight different widgets that are very reminiscent of the ones many of us have used on OS X. These include a calculator, currency converter, battery monitor, time zone clock, and a couple of others.

It's a simple, basic collection, but one that may get more use than you think. There is a Premium version available, but the free one gives you enough great tools to make it a very worthy addition to your iOS device.

 

WorldMate

Free, WorldMate

The app is used to plan, book and manage every aspect of trips, from hotels to flight alerts: WorldMate shows you a comprehensive breakdown of your daily travel itinerary. It's handy for frequent travellers, and organises a lot of information in a neat package. We suggest only including this widget when you're actually travelling, in order to free up the widget clutter.

 

Best Notification Centre widgets: Wunderlist

Free, Wunderlist

While Evernote is excellent for organising information, our preferred tool for organising ourselves is Wunderlist. This advanced Getting Things Done (GTD) app allows you to create tasks, group them by folders, set reminders, due dates, while also attaching files and detailed notes to each event.All of this is achieved through a simple and cleanly designed interface.

Now Wunderlist also has a widget that displays the various events that are due that day, with hot links to each one and a tick box that allows you to dismiss them without launching the app. This slick, useful approach embodies the GTD ideal, and will be a very useful addition to any iOS device.

 

Best Notification Centre widgets: Yahoo News Digest

Free, Yahoo News Digest

This app delivers the top Yahoo News stories of the day to your device, twice a day - once in the morning and once in the evening. Its widget displays these stories one at a time.

Each story is created from multiple different sources to present you with the essential bits and pieces of information; Yahoo likes to call "Atoms". These Atoms include key quotes, images, videos, stock tickers, maps, infographs and Wikipedia excerpts.

 

Best Notification Centre widgets: Yahoo Weather

Free, Yahoo Weather

iOS may well have a weather notification built-in, but the Yahoo Weather app adds a bit of aesthetic charm with images from Flickr used as a backdrop for its reports.

Alongside the current temperature and conditions, the widget also lets you know the expected forecast for that evening, night, as well as the next day. The backdrops regularly change, so your notification window always has something nice decorating it, even on the rainiest of days.

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