How to Fix Widgetsmith Not Working on iPhone Grey, Black Screen

Are you a fan of None-Apple widgetsmith to customize your iOS home screen? But is widgetsmith not working after iOS 17 update as you expected? Right, okay, worry not; in this article, I will show you all possible troubleshooting that are helpful to resolve grey screen, black screen, or even widgetsmiht no data errors on your iPhone and iPad.

Widgetsmith Not Working on iPhone after iOS 17 Update

Please, follow all solutions step-by-step carefully to fix iPhone widget issues. All workarounds have picture examples that you can see to compare with your device.

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Solution #1. Check iPhone iOS Compatibility

Before we start with aggressive troubleshooting tricks to fix the Widgetsmith App issue, make sure your iPhone runs stable iOS 15 or later. Widgetsmith App is particularly made for iOS 14 and later devices, and it won’t run on iOS 13 or any other version.

  1. Visit the Settings app on the iPhone.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Select Software Update.
  4. If it shows an iOS 15 or later version, then it might be a serious issue, and you need to fix it as early as possible.
head to setting app and tap general choose software update on your iphone

Solution #2. Widgetsmith Widget Not Showing on iPhone

Is Widgetsmith App downloaded on your iPhone? If yes, then did you add a Widget on the iPhone home screen following the correct steps?

  1. Touch and hold on to the blank space of the iPhone home screen.
  2. Tap on the Plus button on the top-left screen.
  3. Scroll the screen to find and tap on Widgetsmith.
Touch and hold the app icon or empty space on the iPhone home screen tap on plus button scroll widgetsmith on iphone
  1. You can see Small, medium, and large sizes style) please choose one of them. Tap Add Widget.
Tap add widget on iphone
  1. Lastly, tap Done on the upper-right screen. So you can see the WidgetSmith widget on your home screen.
Lastly, tap done on the upper-right screen on iphone

Still, if you can’t find the Widgetsmith App in the list of Widgets, then it might be due to the iOS bug that needs you to open the app first, and then the iPhone will add it under the list of Widgets. So first, launch the Widgetsmith App, and close it. Then, again follow the above steps to add the Widgetsmith on the iPhone home screen.

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Solution #3. Widgetsmith Grey Screen Widgets

Unlike Native Widgets added by Apple in recent iOS, Widgetsmith is not available as ‘ready to use, for once, it needs to be customized using the inbuilt elements of the app. If you haven’t configured the Widgetsmith Widget and directly added it to the home screen, it surely will appear grey and blank.

At first, remove the greyed Widgetsmith widget from the home screen; to do so, tap and hold the Widget and select Remove Widget.

Step #1. Open Widgetsmith app on your iPhone.
Step #2. Tap Widgets appear lower-left side corner.
Step #3. Choose the Widget size.

Launch the widgetsmith app choose the widgets click on add medium widget on iphone

Step #4. Next, select the type of Widget you want to add, including Photos, Time, Date, Calendar, Reminders, or Custom. For instance, if you choose photos, then please choose Allow All photos. otherwise widgetsmith is unable to show your pictures.

Step #5. After customizing the Widget, rename it and tap ‘Small #1’, ‘ Medium #1’, or ’Large #1’.
Step #6. Lastly, Save the widget.

Tap on allow full access click on save on iphone

Step #7. look at the widgetsmith on the Home screen. (if it shows grey and blank space, follow step 8 and continue).
Step #8. Press and hold on WidgetSmith widget.
Step #9. Tap Edit Widget in a pop-up screen.

Touch and hold the Widgetsmith App icon tap remove app on iphone

Step #10. Now choose the correct widget size.
Step #11. Now see, what widgetsmith shows you on the home screen.

choose the correct widget size on widgetsmith on iPhone

Step #12. For instance, if you select photos.
Step #13. Tap Photos
Step #14. Tap either Choose from Photos or choose from files

Step #15. Tap albums
Step #16. Choose one of the albums that you want to show on widgetsmith. Now select a picture and tap on Save.

Note: refer the solution 6 to create a new album in the Photos App.

Solution #4. Manage Permissions for Widgetsmith

Apple’s Privacy policies can sometimes be a pain in the head, but I must say that we can add personal information without fear on iPhone because of those strict privacy policies. Of course, just like any other app, Widgetsmith needs all the permissions to access and use the data and apps stored on iPhone. Otherwise, you’ll likely face the Black or Grey colored widget on your iPhone.

  1. Launch the Widgetsmith App.
  2. Tap on the Settings tab located at the lower part of the screen.
  3. Tap App Privacy Permissions.
  4. Give the permissions by selecting the Manage option under all the apps.
  5. It Must appear as Status: Granted, not Denied.
  • For instance, Tap on Manage under the photos app section.
  • Your screen will jump on the settings app, tap Photos.
  • Tap either Full Access or Limited Access to show your iPhone library in widgetsmith space on the home screen.

Solution #5. Widgetsmith Activity Widget Showing No Data

Activity Widget or Health App requires special permit access from the Widgetsmith app; all you need to do is access the Settings and grant permissions once and for all. If you see Status: Requested in the Health App, here’s how to overcome that issue.

  1. Go to the Widgetsmith App.
  2. Tap on the Settings tab.
Go to the widgetsmith app tap on the settings tab on iphone
  1. Tap App Privacy Permissions.
  2. Scroll the screen to tap on Manage under the Health Section.
Tap app privacy permissions scroll the screen to tap on manage under the health section on iphone
  1. In the line Summary, tap on the Profile icon.
  2. Under Privacy, Tap Apps and Services.
Tap on the profile icon tap apps and services on iphone
  1. Tap Widgetsmith.
  2. Tap on Turn On All the listed data, including Active Energy, Activity, Exercise Minutes, Steps, Stand Hours, Walking + Running Distance, and Workouts.
Tap widgetsmith click on tap on turn on all the listed data on iphone

After all, this troubleshooting, if you still see the Status: Requested, go to the App Store, and update the Widgetsmith App. It seems like a problem from the developer side, which we can’t fix.

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Solution #6. Widgetsmith Showing Black Screen on iPhone

The Widgetsmith can show the black screen on the iPhone if any block of the widget is empty, more like you haven’t added the content you want to see on the Widget. So, for instance, if you’ve added the Photos Widget but forget to choose the Album you wish to see on the home screen widgets, a Widgetsmith Black Screen error could occur.

Choose the Album for the Widgetsmith from the Widgetsmith App. Or else create a new album in the Photos app and add the photos you wish to see in the Widgetsmith widget.

  1. Go to the Photos App on the iPhone.
  2. Tap on the Album
  3. Tap on the Plus icon in the upper-left corner.
Go to the photos app on the iPhone tap on the album tap on the plus icon on iphone
  1. Choose New Album.
  2. You can give any name to the album.
  3. Save the album.
Choose new album you can give any name click on save button on iphone

7. Now select pictures by tapping on specific photos and tap Add, next you can explore new albums in the album tab.

Click on photos save the album on iphone

Solution #7. Miscellaneous Tricks to Fix Widgetsmith App

Force Restart iPhone:

  • For iPhone 8 or later, press and quickly release the Volume Up button and then press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Next, press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears.
Hard Reboot iPhone Step by Step
Hard Reboot iPhone Step by Step

Solution #9. Delete and Re-Install Widgetsmith

  1. Touch and hold the Widgetsmith App icon until the app starts shaking
  2. Tap Remove App.
  3. Tap Delete App
  4. Tap again on Delete to confirm.
Touch and hold the widgetsmith app icon tap remove app click on delete on iphone

Now Re-install Widgetsmith on your Phone

For a better understanding, you can see below the example pictures.

  1. Open the App Store in iOS.
  2. Find Widgetsmith in the App Store search bar.
  3. Tap on a cloud with a down arrow icon to re-install
  4. Wait till download and tap on Open.
Open app store find widgetsmith tap on a cloud down arrow icon to re-install wait till download and tap on open on iphone

Solution #10. Configure Widgets of Different Sizes

If the Widgetsmith cannot load any data on the Widget, then change the size of the widgets from the app.

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Karly Wood

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