How To Change Widget Names On iPhone Home Screen In iOS 14
Last updated on October 9th, 2020 at 07:16 amPosted in TILs by Patricia on October 4, 2020
You love filling up your iPhone’s Home Screen with widgets, but are looking for a way to add custom names to them? This is a feature that many iOS 14 users are asking for. I hate to disappoint you, but it’s unfortunately not available yet.
You can’t change the name that displays on the Home Screen below a widget, in iOS 14! Although some third-party apps like Widgetsmith allow you to rename widgets, the change isn’t visible on the Home Screen. It only helps in the Edit Widget screen, giving you the chance to better differentiate between the available widgets.
You can customize the Home Screen in many ways in iOS and iPad OS 14. There’s a trick that allows you to hide Home Screen pages and even one that lets you to customize app icons. However, we have to wait a bit more until we will be able to rename widgets.
Can I Hide Widget Names?
Popular apps that provide custom widgets offer such a great variety that you can end up filling an entire Home Screen with Widgetsmith boxes, for example. Having the name Widgetsmith displayed multiple times looks awkward, thus you might be looking for a way to remove the label, if renaming isn’t an option.
Sadly, you can’t do that either but we hope that an upcoming iOS 14 version will add more customization options.
Dash Dot Dash Widget
EFRAC has created a simple photo and sticky notes widget that’s named ‘Dash Dot Dash’. The name is not standing out on purpose as the developer has deliberately chosen one of the least unobtrusive 3-character name for its widget.
Apparently, App Store Developers are required to use a minimum of three characters when naming their apps. The dot, a dash and another dot won’t stand out on the iOS 14 Home Screen.
This is the closed that you can get to hide a widget’s name from the Home Screen!
- 1. Install the Dash Dot Dash app on your iPhone or iPad. (App Store download link).
- 2. Open the app and tap on Add Widget.
- 3. Input a Name (this doesn’t impact the way the widget is named on the Home Screen, it’s used to better distinguish between), select Background image (or a single color), add Text if needed.
- 4. Save the new widget.
- 5. Long-press on Home Screen, tap on -.-, select desired size and add Dash Dot Dash widget to Home Screen.
How To Rename Widget Smith Widgets
As mentioned above, custom widgets from Widget smith can be renamed.
- 1. Open Widgetsmith on your iPhone or iPad.
- 2. Tap on the widget that you want to rename.
- 3. Use the Tap To Rename option, available at the top of the screen.
- 4. Edit the name and hit Save.
Fact: This name appears when you long-press on a widget in the Home Screen and tap on Edit Widget. Tap the Widget label and select the desired widget from the list.
Are you also willing to hide or change widget names on iPhone Home Screen. Use the comments section available below to share your opinion. We have already submitted to Apple feedback to request these options and the more users are interested in this functionality the better traction our initiative will have.
Related: Check out these 10 must-have widgets on iPhone Home Screen!
Yea can we have a name change option for the Widgetsmith itself
It should become available in the future.
So, if someone made an app that allowed you to customize widgets named [ ] – 3 spaces from the Unicode/Braille Keyboard, the name of the app wouldn’t show?
The Unicode trick works if you want folder names on Apple devices to appear blank.
Yes, that makes sense.
Not sure if spaces are accepted. I guess that the Dash-dot-Dash widget creators have tried the spaces option too and perhaps it did not work and they chose the least unobtrusive character combo.
However, I am hoping for iOS 15, that will be previewed today, to bring some additional layer of customizations to widgets.