‘Tap to Widgets’ brings shortcuts for Notes, Reminders, and Calendar to Notification Center

By , Mar 18, 2013

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Tap to Widgets is a jailbreak tweak, which brings Reminders, Notes, and Calendar shortcuts to iOS’ Notification Center. Tap to Widgets allows you to easily add an item to any of these apps without having to fully open the app in question.

The tweak even lends the ability to add items to specific accounts, such as a different Calendar, or Reminders List. This is a beautifully designed tweak that functions just as you might imagine it might if Apple were behind it. Take a look inside as we walk you through each aspect of Tap to Widgets in our hands-on video.

As you know, iOS already features two built in stock widgets that can be enabled using the Notifications preference panel in the Settings app. These stock widgets, known as Share Widgets, allow users to quickly interact with Twitter and Facebook accounts.

The Share Widgets feature the words “Tap to Tweet” and “Tap to Post” to either post a new tweet on Twitter, or publish a new post on Facebook. This was the inspiration behind the jailbreak tweak that’s the subject of our discussion, and hence, that’s also where the tweak derives its name.

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With Tap to Widgets, you can independently display any of the five widgets that the tweak includes, and you can even choose to display only one widget if that’s what you desire to do. But the really great thing about Tap to Widgets is the compatibility with Notes, Reminders, and Calendar. These widgets have been conspicuously missing from Stock iOS, and this tweak remedies the issue.

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The awesome thing about Tap to Widgets is that each of the three aforementioned addons, Calendar, Reminders, and Notes can be used and modified, without having to open the full app. Add to that the ability to assign certain tasks, calendar items, and notes to specific accounts, and you have a surefire winner on your hands.

By tapping and holding on the Add button, you’ll engage a new menu which allows you to select where the item will be stored account-wise. It’s an extremely intuitive way to go about assigning items to specific accounts.

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Tap to Widgets features a simple and straightforward preference panel. The preferences can be used to reorder the way the widgets appear in Notification Center, remove certain widgets, and add or remove the separator bar that appears between each. You can also set an option that closes the Notification Center after items are added to a widget.

It’s obvious that developer, Alan Yip, spent considerable time tweaking each aspect of Tap to Widgets in an effort to make it just right. He also made sure to credit Joshua Tucker for his help with the layout, and the integration of the buttons in Notification Center. For those wondering, yes, Tap to Widgets works fine with other jailbreak apps like Dashboard X and IntelliScreen X.

Again, this is a gorgeous jailbreak tweak that looks as if it was designed by Apple. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to interact with your Reminders, Calendar, Notes, Facebook, and Twitter apps, then head over to Cydia’s BigBoss repo right now, and download Tap to Widgets. It can be had for an introductory price of $1.99. Let me know what you think about it in the comments section.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/aa71217 Adel Ali

    Nice Tweak Jeff!

  • SimonReidy

    This is a seriously high quality tweak. The ability to add all the ‘tap to’ widgets side by side makes for a neat and highly functional notification centre, and so far the tweak has worked perfectly for me.

    Not only does it work flawlessly (love the ability to long hold to change accounts!) but it’s obviously designed with a lot of care to match iOS’s UI. Definitely a tweak that could (and should) be a part of stock iOS. Well worth the money.

    • http://www.facebook.com/0xSean Sean Ellis

      Amen brother! One of the finer jailbreak tweaks this one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dietermarkus Markus Hudobnik

    LOVE this tweak. Keeps the simplicity of iOS and doesn’t add in anything ugly. Seems like apple implemented this themselves. Can you say iOS 7?

  • http://twitter.com/reloadedhead Tom García

    It is a really must-have tweak for me. And with this update it is compatible with dashboard x, so now I can tweet from my springboard, because the stock widget was not compatible.

  • Rupinder S

    What if I use Fantastical? Is there any way to use that directly instead of Calendars?

    • http://www.facebook.com/dor.pinhas Dor Pinhas

      That’s not an issue, Fantastical uses the Calendar app as default, so whenever you add a new event it would appear on both apps.
      The real problem is for people that using other calendar app like Sunrise, their source is not the Calendar app

  • http://twitter.com/warrenskipper Warren Skipper

    Fantastic tweak!

  • Chris

    Ive been looking for something like this for about a week now, Happy to see that its finally available!

  • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

    Awesome tweak. Now I just wish the icons would integrate with NCsertings. THAT would be money

  • BrawlBro1

    This is one of those tweaks you’re pretty sure Apple might implement in iOS 7.

    • bloodshed

      it’s hard to remember how many times i’ve heard this regarding plenty other tweaks, and guess what! Apple did nothin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000453776325 Cheng Ye

    Wow. This is a great tweak. Would be even nicer if it has the ability to compose messages and email too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jahoy.jahoys Jahoy Jahoys

      use Compose. free tweak in Cydia

      • http://www.facebook.com/jarel.aguilar Jarel Aguilar

        Or get BiteSMS to compose anywhere

  • Primo Sidone

    hey guys. off-topic, but i really want to know: is it really worth it to jailbreak? i don’t know if it was my iphone 4, but i jailbroke it a couple years ago, installed JB apps and cool tweaks, but my phone was always buggy. apps and tweaks conflicted with each other, it just drove me nuts. i didnt find the JB worth it, but again, it could have just been my phone. i’m really tempted by all these cool tweaks that are coming out, but don’t know what to do. thanks in advance for any insight.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jarel.aguilar Jarel Aguilar

      Jailbreaking is not always safe, yes it could bug your phone if you make a mistake, but this is what makes jailbreak so exciting, it gives you that chance to break free from that huge ass fence apple puts up and gives us a view what our devices could do and more. Jailbreaking is for risk-takers, there’s a chance you might break your phone a ‘couple of times, but you get used to it. Once you’ve figured out what to download or not to download, the whole experience becomes pretty amazing. Anyone who’s been jailbroken since, at least, iOS 4 knows what I’m talking about. If you really want something, then it’s always worth it ^_^

      • http://twitter.com/iProLgend mike ‘ .

        100% true !

  • Latrese

    Finally a new $1.99 tweak WELL WORTH the money. This looks awesome!

    • http://www.facebook.com/victor.maciel.98 Victor Maciel

      It seem quite well worth it, shame it’s iOS 6 only…

  • http://twitter.com/Devin_Plebuch Devin Plebuch

    Now if someone would integrate G+ and Reddit.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558812483 Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

      Google should’ve killed G+ instead of reader

  • http://twitter.com/Tarek0593 Tarek Hamadi

    Hey Jeff, my dream is to see your face :3

    • Guest

      Is your dream to die a painful death?

    • http://twitter.com/Haaaatim Hatim

      well if you must, go to see his twitter account and see it :) I believe it’s @jeffbenjam
      You’re welcome

  • Alexander Gold

    Jeff how to ebable Calendar ?

  • http://twitter.com/Alatoerka Alatoerka

    I like this tweak. But it was super if you can combine weetoolbox and this tweak.

  • http://twitter.com/Geo_mInI7 Geomini

    A shortcut for evernote note could be cool too 😉

  • http://twitter.com/rick5up Ricky

    Nah not much of a use

  • http://twitter.com/mrabet30 amine el mrabet

    nice tweak i like it

  • http://twitter.com/JudeFive Jude Wu

    awesome tweak! could be more worthy for me if there’s Sina Weibo(similar to twitter in China) in it.

  • http://www.eraser.org B. Braun

    Nice work, now add tap to Mail, tap to sms and tap to make a snapshot pls.

  • http://twitter.com/Mattoligy Matt Taylor

    Looks top notch! Needs Message and Email toggles to be complete! And iPad support is a must! Who leaves iPad out the loop nowadays!? Losing a very large portion of buyers! Anyway very good start on what looks like a very good tweak!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001306811568 Lucas Tres


  • http://www.facebook.com/friedhelm.walldorf Friedhelm Walldorf

    You forgot to write that notes not be syncing in icloud…

  • Александр Дубовик

    Fuck! Only iphone family;(
    How about my iPad?

  • Johnnytucats

    Like this tweak. Doesn’t seem to honor the tweak “In A Minute”, however.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JoHenningB Jo Henning Børven

    It’s super, however does not work on my iPhone 5. It worked one time, but not now. Anyone have the same problem?

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.scalzitti Kevin Scalzitti

    Looks really useful but the I will only throw my 2 bucks to developer when he adds iPad support. Having it on both my iPhone & iPad will make it worth that!

  • http://www.ideaprison.com/ ideaprison

    super sad its iOS 6 only :(

    iOS6 on 3GS eats more ram than iOS5 (i did a lot of testing not to mention iOS6 offers nothing over 5)

  • http://twitter.com/skypawn Yen-Ting Chen

    Nice Tweak!
    But it’s not working in lock screen where Lockinfo makes it show in! Still using Siri for those functions when in lock screen…

  • http://www.facebook.com/CrisFranco Cris Franco

    This would be a super tweak if it included Compose Email and SMS/iMessage with BiteSMS integration.

  • Xee

    How do you uninstall this tweak completely?

    • Xee

      To uninstall completely:
      Go to cydia and remove.
      Then scroll down to more by developer then select the Tap to Widgets ‘core’ and remove.
      Now it’s all gone.
      I think the developer should change it to just 1 thing to remove tbh.
      Other then that great tweak!

      To remove default Twitter and Facebook tap to post icons from notification centre – remove the Share Widget from Settings Notifications.

  • http://twitter.com/Devin_Plebuch Devin Plebuch

    You forgot to mention that holding down on the widget will open the actual application.

  • disqus_zVn0fV6gKF

    Is anyone else having a problem where there’s the side by side then below that there’s still tap to note/remind but taking up the whole row. I tried deleting and reinstalling but I cant seem to completely uninstall. The tap to widget is still in my settings and it’d crash my iPhone. Then I’d have to reinstall the tweak from cydia to stop it from crashing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pinamdar Pranav Pradeep Inamdar

    How do I remove the default tap to tweet & tap to post?

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