Widgets in iOS 14 are a real hit, in large part because of the benefits they provide for visual customization and the ability to be placed on the home screen. Back when they were first announced in June, however, there was concern about a way these new widgets would be a downgrade from their predecessors: widgets in iOS 13 and earlier could offer more interactivity, even acting as mini-apps.
Due to restrictions imposed on Apple on iOS 14 widgets, I was afraid that one of my most used widgets would be far less useful. This widget is for Timery, the Toggl time tracking app. Timery’s iOS 13 widget not only enabled start and stop timers right from the widget, but you can also see a real-time view of the current running timer. With iOS 1
Today, Timery’s iOS 14 update has arrived, and I’m excited to report that my concerns were completely unfounded. Developer Joe Hribar has managed to circumvent Apple’s API limitations as best as one could hope for, delivering new widgets that actually provide more functionality than before.
The main reason Timery is able to offer more power than before, despite a new set of limitations, is that the app now includes a number of separate widget options that, when used together, more than make up for what the app’s only iOS The 13 widget could do.
There are three types of iOS 14 widgets available in Timery:
- Saved timers
- Current time
- Time track
The saved timer widget looks most like Timery’s previous widget, and it comes in small, medium and large sizes that provide launchers for one, four and ten of the timers, respectively. By pressing a timer, the entire Timery app will start and start the timer without any further action on your part. The need to open the entire app is an unfortunate regression compared to the old widget, but I quickly got used to it.
There are a few notable details about the Saved Timers module. First, from the configuration screen, you can optionally activate a switch marked ‘Show current time entry’, which will cause the widget to not only show your timers, but also a real-time calculation of your current running timer. This recreates an important feature from Timery’s iOS 13 widget, so I turned it on immediately; my medium widget now has the two timers I use consistently, plus a live number of my current timer, just like the old widget.
The other thing worth mentioning about the Saved Timers widget is that you can use multiple versions of the widget at the same time to house different sets of timers. If you often use specific timers related to work and others related to school or another area of life, you may prefer to maintain separate widgets for the different groups of timers instead of throwing everything in a single large widget. Now it’s an option, and it never was with the iOS 13 widget.
The current time entry widget is simple and straightforward: it takes the ‘Show current time entry’ feature that I just mentioned as an option for the saved timer widget and puts it in its own dedicated widget. It is available in small and medium sizes.
The module I am particularly excited about is the latest: Time Tracked. This widget is available in all three sizes, and it can be configured and gives an insight into the time you have tracked either on your current day or current week.
My top feature request since Timery debuted last year has always been a reporting feature, and although you could create something similar via a shortcut (especially from today, when multiple shortcut periods are now supported), I still wanted a more native feature. Although Timery’s Time Tracked widget is still not a full-featured reporting option, it provides the data I most want from such a feature: my total tracking time for the week. Being able to see the total time for the day is also good, but the entire app’s Timestays tab has always offered the total already; However, it is much more painful to summarize the entire week’s value of timers from that category. Before, I always wanted to visit Togg’s main page several times a week to get weekly totals, and now I do not need it because my Timery widget provides this data in an instant.
Time Tracked can be configured with a number of options beyond just whether you want your totals for the day or week. You can choose which workspace you want to track, whether you want to filter by client, project, description, tag or billable status, and you can also change how the totals are organized, and whether the widget should be rounded up or not.
Speaking of configuration options, it’s also worth mentioning that all of Timery’s widgets can follow custom appearance settings. By default, widgets will switch between light and dark appearance automatically according to the device’s system setting, but if you want, you can configure some of them manually to keep either the light or dark appearance permanently – a nice option I’ve ‘often seen with other apps .
With today’s iOS 14 update, Timery has managed to send widgets that provide even greater total value than before. The need for the new widgets to launch the entire app when you press buttons is a small drawback and one that I quickly got used to. But the flexibility now offered by the ability to use several different types of widgets at once, and configure them to your exact needs, is undoubtedly a net gain for the app and its users.
I currently have a medium-stored timer widget on the iPad home screen and the iPhone Today view stacked with a medium-time-tracked widget. Saved timers show the two timers I use most often along with space to show the live number of my current timer; Time Tracked shows the total time I have tracked for the week, divided into hours. In the same amount of space that Timery’s iOS 13 widget took up, I get extensive functionality upgrades. I have very few widget stacks installed on my devices, but this Timery stack is invaluable, and I expect many users will find stacks a great option for combining multiple Timery widgets in the future.
Timery’s widget update is now available in the App Store.