HOW TO FIX FLICKERING (FLASHING) WIDGETS ON IPHONE IN IOS 14
Home Screen widgets have become increasingly popular since the release of iOS 14. However, because this is an entirely new feature, the new iPhone glances come with a fair share of bugs and glitches. Sometimes the widgets turn grey, display a black screen or don’t load any data at all.
Widgets can also start flickering in a continuous loop! The flashing doesn’t stop until you delete the widget. Intermittent blinking can occur both on the Home Screen, as well as as in the Add Widget panel. This bug generates a system-wide reaction, causing all your widgets to flicker, making it difficult for you to determine which one causes the problem.
What Causes Widgets To Flicker?
According to Eric, on gomobilenc.com, the intermittent widget flashing is caused by apps that use custom fonts.
Some of the most popular third-party apps that use this option are Widgetsmith and Color Widgets.
The flickering is often triggered after installing app updates or when the user re-configures a widget in its main app.
According to user mpmontanez (from Apple’s Developer forums) the flashing widgets issue occurs when iOS 14 tries to serve a cached version of a widget while initializing the updated one.
3 Ways To Fix Flickering Widgets
1. Reboot iPhone
Users have managed to stop the intermittent flickering of the widgets by force restarting iPhone. Quickly press and release Volume Up button, do the same with Volume Down and press & hold the Side button until the Apple logo is displayed on the screen. Release Side button and wait for the iPhone to boot up.
2. Re-Install Faulty Widget App
Flashing usually starts when you update, add or edit a widget. Long-press on the widget in question and remove it from the Home Screen, to stop all other widgets from blinking. Next, delete the app the causes the flashing problem and re-install it to prevent the flickering bug from re-occurring.
3. Remove Color Widget
We found that in most cases Color Widgets is the app to blame for causing the flickering widgets bug. Perhaps because it heavily relies on custom widget.
In our case, we recently updated to version 1.4.9 and all the widgets on the Home Screen started blinking after adding a new color widget.
Fix: The solution was to remove the widget in question. Re-configuring it from the Color Widgets app did not solve the problem and we ended up deleting the app and re-installing it.