Favorites Widget

Contacts on your Lock Screen and Home Screen

Call or message your favorite people directly from the Lock Screen or Home Screen.

You can also open a URL or run a shortcut instead when tapping the widget. This opens up a lot of cool possibilities. Here are some ideas of what you could open.

iPhone-only for now. iPad version will come when iPadOS supports Lock Screen widgets (probably iPadOS 17).

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a feature request, bug report, or some feedback

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How do I add the widget to the Lock Screen?

When on the Lock Screen, tap and hold on the clock, tap the “Customize” button, and select “Favorites”.

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How do I add the widget to the Home Screen?

When on the Home Screen, tap and hold on the background (not on any icons), tap the top-left “+” button, and select “Favorites”.

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The widget does not show up in the widget picker

This is a well-known iOS 16 issue. Try this.

Can I call someone by just tapping the widget without the confirmation dialog?

Yes. Enable the “Quick Call” setting in the app.

Can the Lock Screen photos be full-colored?

This is unfortunately not possible. iOS enforces that Lock Screen widgets are single-colored.

Can you support more actions when tapping a widget?

Sure. I’m happy to consider requests. Send it here.

When using the “Run Shortcut” action, why does tapping the widget first open the main app and then the Shortcuts app?

This is because of iOS limitations. A widget can only open its own app when a user taps it. And the only way to run a shortcut is to open the Shortcuts app using a special URL. So when you tap the widget, the widget opens the main app, and the main app then opens the Shortcuts app. It’s not a very good user experience, but only Apple can fix this.

If you work at Apple, you know what to do:

Why is this free without ads?

I just enjoy making apps. I earn money on other apps. Consider leaving a nice review on the App Store.

Where can I find the changelog?

Go here and click “Version History”.