Clear Spaces allows you to create Transparent Widgets that allow you to move your icons where ever you want.
It starts with taking a screenshot by putting your home screen into wiggle mode and swiping all the way to the right. Import that screenshot into 'Clear Spaces' and it'll crop the image down to fit perfectly and merge into the wallpaper.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out at [email protected] or @clearspaces_ on Twitter.
Clear Spaces Positive Reviews
Good app, bad instructionsI purchased Clear Spaces to do just what its name implies: create clear spaces on my home screen that would reveal widgets when swiped. But the instructions don't tell you HOW to make that happen. Turns out, you need to locate your widgets where you want them onscreen, THEN add the Clear Spaces widget to each of them to create stacks. Maybe this was obvious to everyone but me, and it works perfectly now that I've figured it out... but it took a lot of online research to get to this point. Just wish the devs had made it clearer in the instructions..Version: 1.5.7
Decent appThis app does exactly what it says on the tin. The background lines up perfectly for me. The widget customization options are few and fairly simple. It would be cool to have more variety to choose from, but I downloaded this app called “clear spaces” for the clear spaces, and those are solid.
The export widget background feature is great if you wanna use other custom widget apps, though having to save each individual widget background to your phone then opening a new app and uploading these individually is a chore. But that’s not the app’s fault, it’s Apple’s and their archaic widget programming which makes all widgets essentially useless anyway.
One last thing: the custom text feature only lets me type in one message into the app, which then repeats itself across all custom text widgets instead of letting me choose a different message for each individual widget. This is so hilariously useless and should be corrected..Version: 1.5.6
Love this app but update added nameWas 5stars if not more. Today there was an update for customization, now all the widgets have the “cs” logo on the Home Screen. Please remove this again! Love your app. Maybe different calendars? Like a 30 day month calendar, just a suggestion.
If you need a character to be invisible for the widget name, use this Unicode “space” icon. Copy the “space” between the brackets [⠀]. It looks like a space mark, but it is an invisible character. I use it for my folder names. Another suggestion.
But for those interested: This is the best and easiest app, BY FAR, to create transparent widgets. Once they remove the widget name again - oh my, you’ll be in love. Worth it, one of best new apps..Version: 1.5.2
AMAZING!!!I typically don’t write reviews and I wasn’t expecting much but this app is AMAZING. I have been constantly trying to make invisible widgets but I use the default apple rainbow wallpaper and was stuck. All you have to do for this app is screenshot your screen both light and dark mode and then you’re done. It’s fast, easy, and looks super clean!!! I also need to mention they have removed the word under their widget which is a super minor thing that makes me the happy person ever, it actually makes the widget full on invisible. So, so happy I spend my money on this..Version: 1.5.2
Worked perfectly and was super simple to setupI've used various "tricks" over the years to customize my iPhone home screen and move icons to the bottom for easy reachability. iEmpty was the first tool I used, then a shortcut tool that did basically the same thing by installing a profile. This was far simpler to use and has the added benefit of being able to use the smart stack widget feature of iOS to hide useful information in plain sight. Best $2 I've spent in quite some time..Version: 1.5.7
Does what it is meant to. NO name labels!My desire to push my apps down to the bottom of the screen on my 12PM was so great I had to do something! I found this app and it’s worth the $2! There are many reviews saying the name label is there - NOT ANYMORE! It has been updated so they are removed. Great app and does what it says it will do!
The only improvement I personally would like is that they weren’t noticeable when swiping across the Home Screen or unlocking the phone! But this is an iOS thing, not a developer thing..Version: 1.5.2
Best in ClassGives the option to “close app on widget tap,” a handy feature since tapping any widget opens its associated app, an inconvenience in the case of an app of this sort. It doesn’t actually prevent the app from opening but does deny it focus, which is something other similar apps don’t offer and earns the price for this feature alone. Developer may want to reword this option so it’s accurate in an update. Works well, and according to an email from the developer, complies with GDPR..Version: 1.5.7
Great app - want more!I just downloaded the app and I already love it! It is easy to use, and does exactly what it is supposed to.
There is one feature that I would love for you to add, that I think a great many people would enjoy:
Multiple Custom Text widgets: this would allow users to customize the text message for each screen and widgets placement. (I would like to use it as a label for the app types on that page, media, social, shop, etc.).Version: 1.5.2
UPDATED REVIEWThere was a recent update that made the widget have text underneath completely defeating the purpose of clear spaces and then the developers very quickly updated it and came out with a fix to have it removed again. I truly appreciate their work and timeliness on fixing it and making them the clear winner of the best widget app in the App Store in my opinion. I know dealing with apple and their rules is rough, so to know they can get it done so soon is amazing!.Version: 1.5.2
Can’t move a widget to the bottom of my screen?This app does what it says. It is easy to use and really helps keep my screen, minimal, neat, and organized. However I cannot move a widget box to the bottom of the screen. Only when I have widget to cover whole screen does one move to the bottom. Any ideas? Is this a flaw? I would like a widget at the top, 4 apps in the middle, and a widget at the bottom. Please advise!.Version: 1.5.6
Awesome App!!This app is awesome! I discovered the app after reading the review from 9to5Mac. Clear Spaces lets me have a blank widget so I can access my apps on the lower portion of my iPhone. I just noticed when switching between light and dark mode the widget will flicker several times before matching the wallpaper. Most times if I click the refresh button it stops, but the problem continues to occur. Hopefully it gets resolved in the next update..Version: 1.1.1
These Reviews Are LiesThe versatility this app has is amazing. If you want a custom layout this is the app to have. You can has clear areas and have a slick look. You have the ability to have important things in the spaces like the time and messages that put a smile on your face. I’m a HUGE fan of this app. I just need a version for my iPad now. You reviewers that are being super critical on absolutely nothing..Version: 1.5.7
Exactly what I’ve been looking forThis app is wonderfully simple. I use it to make my wallpaper the focal point of my homepage and push the 8 apps I use all the time down and accessible. I pair this with Transparent App Icons and my Home Screen is *chef’s kiss.*
Just read the instructions, it’s not that complicated and totally worth the effort if you want a custom and unique iPhone home screen..Version: 1.5.6
Works on iPhone 13 Pro iOS 15It works well enough given the limitations of iOS. You can see it not work as you scroll thru the pages but that is just limitation of iOS and the fact that we even need an app to have this kind of behavior and not a free grid. Works on new iPhones now (at least my 13 Pro) with the latest update..Version: 1.5.7
Love this app!Absolutely love this app! It really helps keep my home screen clean, the way I want it organized without there being a bunch of chaos with widgets and apps. It’s nice having a home screen that can breathe a little while utilizing the great new widgets apple has! Would love a little more customization with date format, maybe some different clocks and health info!.Version: 1.5.2
Great appGood price for what it can do, but I ask for a few more options in what you can put in the widgets and allow us to put different texts in different widgets. Also the time is always a few minutes behind and takes a while to change to the correct time can you fix that..Version: 1.2.1
The Best PossibleDue to Apple’s limitations on the names being necessary to display for a widget this isn’t a perfect app. But don’t let that deceive you!
This app’s interface is easy, and intuitive. Very simple to upload, and get your home screen looking fresh. For the small price of $2.00 you too can have a great looking home screen..Version: 1.1.1
Cs at the bottom of the widget?I bought the app so I could get a CLEAR space on my phone, but I can’t seem to figure out how to get rid of the little “cs” at the bottom of each widget that totally ruins the point of the app. I’d appreciate if someone could help me out on this?
Team hit me with a message and got my issue resolved. Appreciate y’all!!.Version: 1.5.2
More Or Less Does What It’s Supposed ToI got this app because I wanted to redo my phone layout. It more or less does what it’s supposed to do, but I do wish it had more features considering it costs money while many widget apps are free. Additionally, I’ve noticed that if you set one of the widgets to be a clock it doesn’t actually update the time and is just stuck as whatever time you set it..Version: 1.5.7
The app I was looking for, however —I turn on “zoom display” on my phone (iPhone 11 pro max) that shows larger app icons on my home screens - which in turn do not align with the widgets I create with this app. I’m sad I have to choose between my zoom display or my spaces widgets. Can I please have both?? Please make an update where the widgets work with zoom display!!.Version: 1.5.8
Best cash I’ve spent in a whileMakes my home screen look spiffy. Easy to use and had no issue setting it up. Just set it up which takes a minute and place the clear spots where you want em and done. It sounds simple when I type it and that’s because it is simple!.Version: 1.4.3
Works flawlesslyThe biggest thing for me with the iPhone is having to reach to the top of the screen to get to my apps. This allows me to push everything DOWN where my fingers actually are and also allow me to actually see my wallpaper. It’s a beautiful thing..Version: 1.4.3
Pay for empty spaces? YesNever thought I’d ever purchase nothing, an empty, blank space. I did and haven’t looked back. Easy to set up and customizable empty spaces. I enjoy the ability to sort and organize all my other apps and widgets separated by empty spaces. Nice clean look on my iPhone and iPad. Probably the best and most used app. 5 stars..Version: 1.5.2
Works well but needs 1x1 widgetThis is the best answer to being able to organize your home screens the way you want given iOS limitations. But Clear Spaces has its own limitations. The most apparent for me is the smallest widget being 2x2. This is too large to allow you to really customize the way you want. I'd really like to see a 1x1 widget in a future release..Version: 1.5.7
Not life changing. Just life pleasing.On TestFlight this app was just pleasing to use. It’s not life changing it’s just life pleasing. Using this with smart stacks to have quick access to other apps that would clutter up the zen that is my Home Screen. Pleased to be a beta user now pleased to buy 1/3 of your next cup of coffee..Version: 1.0.1
Update!It was perfect before the update. Before the clear space on my screen did not have a label but after the update there is a label “CS”. This is annoying as I wanted my screen to be clean and minimalist without any letter. Please fix.
Thanks for fixing it. I loved the app and appreciate the fix..Version: 1.5.2
Perfect! Will be a Staple for MeSure, it’s $1.99 but it’s worth the money and more. Until Apple lets us move around these icons at will, it will be a great staple for my phone. It’s a little strange at figuring out how to work it at first but once you get the idea, it works absolutely perfectly. Thanks for this!.Version: 1.5.6
Worked perfectlyI needed some blank space for a layout. VERY pleased with how this app works-- I didn't expect to be able to add clocks and such to the blank spots!! I was skeptical about this because of the rating on the App Store but it's working perfectly for me. Thanks for the app!.Version: 1.5.5
Almost perfect!This is the type of app I have been waiting so long for! The only thing that would make it better would be the ability to have multiple information widgets at the same time. (For example, the date and an analog clock on the same widget. ).Version: 1.5.2
Just what I was looking forGreat app. I tried the beta and loved it so I was happy to pay a couple of bucks for the official release. In the beta the app label didn’t show any text but it is now. I commented to the developer on Twitter but they are already working on this, which is awesome..Version: 1.0
Love it but...I just got this app, and I do like it a lot. But I think I’m missing something - I can’t figure out how to remove the “cs” symbol from the widget. I would like it to be completely clear, so I wonder if that’s an option. If it isn’t, that would be really helpful..Version: 1.5
Pretty good, one thing not workingI love the app and how I can have my apps at the bottom of my Home Screen. However when using the digital clock, the time does not update and stays the same time until I manually refresh it. Is there something I’m missing? I have a 13 pro max..Version: 1.5.8
Got exactly what I paid forI bought this app after a quick Google search for making transparent spaces. Super happy with how it turned out. The app does have more to offer but it does the thing I was looking for so I’m satisfied. Great job..Version: 1.5.8
Suggestion for next updateI have a IPhone SE (2nd Gen). It has the zoom display mode which makes the buttons larger, a downside is that it also makes the ammount of space on my Home Screen “smaller” for apps and widgets. Maybe in a later update you could add zoomed display functionality? Thank you :)).Version: 1.5.7
Awesome app! Allows for beautiful minimal phone screens!This app is amazing, seems to be getting some bad reviews lately (maybe some people aren’t sure how to use it) but it works perfectly for me. Wish there was an iPad version too!.Version: 1.5.7
Exactly what was neededI have always wanted to customize my home screen on whichever iPhone I was using. Until iOS 14 it was very limited on what I could do. Then Clear Spaces was created to take it up a notch. One of my favorite apps this year..Version: 1.4
Great app, a few bugs.Clear Spaces is honestly the simplest widget app I’ve ever used, I love the transparent widgets, date, time, and other features. There are some bugs that I’d like to go over.
- When editing a widget, you have the option to select Top, Middle, and Bottom, if you have previously used another image, it will use that one instead.
Overall it’s a great app, I would definitely recommend purchasing it as it’s definitely worth the price.
Keep up the good work,
Hope to hear back.Version: 1.0.1
Why is this so poorly rated?!?Does exactly as I intended it to. I wanted a transparent date widget on my homescreen (similar to the pixel phones) and this app gave me the exact look I was wanting. Here’s hoping that Apple will allow us to remove the label under widgets. Great work devs!!.Version: 1.2.1
Worth every pennyThe best you could ask for. It lines up seamlessly and even comes with different fonts for the different widget tools (clock, custom text, date, etc.). Highly recommend!.Version: 1.5.7
Very cool appSo far after the 1.5.2 update everything is going good now. And everything is running as it should be. Anyways is it possible to add a calendar to the widget? That would be really cool thank you! Keep up the good work.Version: 1.5.2
REALLY great!I’ve been using this app since day one and it’s really awesome. It helps my ADHD to keep my Home Screen clean and minimal.
The only feature request I have is support for Focus support so I can have multiple wallpapers set..Version: 1.5.9
The app name is still shownDuring beta testing the app name was hidden. This made it really ‘clear spaces’. I understand it probably wouldn’t pass app review that way and that is why it is shown, but some of the example screenshots show it without the app name. This is a little deceptive..Version: 1.0
Latest revision broke the appMy phone updated the app, and now the widgets don’t work properly. When I try to re-add or edit it. Tap here to get started is the only thing displayed. Tapping on it does nothing. Was working good until this.
Turns out the app had lost my images somehow. It was a pain to get it working again..Version: 1.3.1
It's great!This is the best, and easiest, app for creating transparent widgets. My only complaint is the change font option doesn't actually change the font in the text widget. I'll bump to 5 stars when it is fixed. [Used on 12 Pro Max].Version: 1.5.2
Good app but bewareThis app is fairly easy to use although if you are using it with stacks of widgets it’s hard to move your sections intoOr onto the stack.
Also, after a few months of using it I woke up to someone who had changed my wallpaper twoA very gross image of a dinner. After I changed my Apple password I reached out to the app developersWho seemed not to take my concerns seriously. I am now using a different app..Version: 1.5.2
A small price to pay for a great appThis app is so useful and very underrated. Meant for people who want to bring out their true aesthetic nature and is essential to make a clean layout. I wish there was more options for the widget functionality.Version: 1.5.7
Worked great then didn’tMy first set up of the app went very well and it worked nicely for a long time. Recently I changed my wallpaper and it hasn’t been able to work correctly. I wrote to the support email but didn’t get a reply, so it might be end of life for this..Version: 1.5.7
Could be a lot betterThe title “clear space” will hopefully be removed soon. You need add 1x4 (single row) option as well. Keep up the good work..Version: 1.1
FantasticI love the look, and what it does. But the best thing about it is the support. They put up with my stupid question, helped me quickly and it was awesome. It all works great. 100% recommend it..Version: 1.5.6
Amazing app but could use more featuresI love how my phone looks very nice and clean but I was wondering if any more features could be added? I heavily rely on the calendar widget so if you could add a calendar one with clear background, it would make this app beyond perfect for me!.Version: 1.5.5
Clearly The BestClear Spaces is the single best customization APP for iPhone. The APP seemlessly blends into the background. Blank spaces or spaces with information are clear and crisp. This kind of breakthrough creative ingenuity is the direction other widget developers and Apple needs to follow. Thank you for giving my iPhone a look and aesthetic I've been waiting for!.Version: 1.5.5
NO APP NAME ANYMORE !!App works flawlessly.
The developers removed the name that was appearing below the widget on the home screen.
Worth the 2$, buy it now..Version: 1.5.2
Nice but...It’s a great app, how ever it sucks that the name of the app is below the “clear space” so it’s not actually clear..Version: 1.0.1
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