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How to Change Picture on Photo Widget in iOS

The Photos widget in iOS is a popular way to display photos from your library on your home screen. An updated photo appears every hour. The photo that appears at any given time cannot be controlled by you. The Photos app automatically selects the photo that appears in the widget rather than letting you choose. The Apple Photos widget dynamically selects & displays photos from the user’s library. However, for viewing a fixed image or selecting specific pictures for your photo slideshow, you’ll need a third-party app.

So let’s go through an awesome iOS app that teaches you how to change the picture on a photo widget in iOS. Using this app, you can create a photos widget on your iPhone’s home screen if you’re using iOS 14 or later. 

It will allow you to create an array of images that will be displayed one after another like a slideshow. Additionally, you can specify the time interval at which the images will keep changing. It’s just like the screensaver you set on your PC. 

I have provided a link to that app and also explained how to use the app to change the photo on the iOS Photo Widget.

Download Photo Widget Simple App

The following is a link to the Apple App Store, where you can download the Photo Widget : Simple app, which lets you choose which pictures to display on your Home screen widget.   

For those of you wondering why I mentioned this app, it is because this app can support up to 30 images that will change dynamically at fixed intervals so your iPhone home screen will always look cool. 

Luckily iOS is pretty flexible, so you can choose between three widget sizes that will show your choice of photos.  

You can display specific photos from your Photos library using the Photo Widget Simple app.

Steps to Change Picture on Photo Widget

  • Download and install the Photo widget simple app from the App Store.

download photo widget simple

  • Launch the app 
  • Long press on the space of your home screen to initiate the jiggle mode
  • Tap on the + icon you see at the top right corner of the screen. 
  • You should be redirected to the widget settings.
  • You should be able to see the photo widget. Tap on it.
  • Select the size of the photo widget that you want on your iPhone home screen. We have three sizes to choose from.
  • After selecting the proper size, tap on Add Widget

add photo widget to change picture

  • The photo widget will now appear on the home screen with the Jiggle Mode still active. Tap on the empty space of the home screen to disable the jiggle mode.

Now that we have added the widget, it’s time to add your choice of photos to change the picture on the photo widget dynamically. 

Adding Photo to the Photos Widget

  • Tap on the Photo Widget
  • Then you will be redirected to the Photo Widget: Simple App
  • Tap on the option Widgets which you will find at the bottom of the screen. 
  • We need to create an album of photos that will be set in the widget and change automatically. 
  • So, to create an album tap on the Photo option you see at the top. 
  • As you highlight Photo, an option Create Album will show up. Tap on it. 
  • Provide a name for the album and tap Confirm

create photo widget album

  • Now, to add photos to the album tap on the + button you see at the bottom right corner of the screen. 
  • Then tap on Choose from my Album to add your existing photos from the Photos app library. 
  • Select your choice of photos. I have selected two images for the album. You may select upto 30. Once selected, tap on Add.

add photos to album

  • Once you select your images they will appear at the bottom of the screen. 
  • Tap on Done. At this point you can even select size of the images that will be displayed in the widget.

set widget picture size

You need to edit the Photo Widget to be able to display pictures on it. 

Editing the Photo Widget

  • Long press on the Photo Widget. 
  • Tap on Edit Widget
  • Then tap on Choose
  • Set Widget Type to Photo

set widget type

  • Then tap on Select Album to set the album that you created. 
  • Also, set the time interval after which the picture will change dynamically, by tapping on Photo Refresh Interval. You can set a maximum of 1-day interval or a minimum of 5 minutes interval. 

set photo refresh interval

That’s it. Now check out the screenshot below. That’s how the two images that I have selected earlier for the Widget album look when displayed as pictures on Photo Widget. 

change picture on photo widget

So, this is how you can change the picture on Photo Widget automatically by using this app. Try it out and let me know your experience in the comments. 

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SWAYAM PRAKASH PANDA

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