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How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

With widgets, you get timely information from your favorite apps at a glance.

With iOS 14, you can use widgets on your Home Screen to keep your favorite information at your fingertips. Or you can use widgets from Today View by swiping right from the Home Screen or Lock Screen.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Add widgets to your Home Screen

  1. From the Home Screen, touch and hold a widget or an empty area until the apps jiggle.
  2. Tap the Add button in the upper-left corner.
  3. Select a widget, choose from three widget sizes, then tap Add Widget.
  4. Tap Done.

You can also add widgets from Today View. From Today View, touch and hold a widget until the quick actions menu opens, then tap Edit Home Screen. Drag the widget to the right edge of the screen until it appears on the Home Screen, then tap Done.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Add widgets to Today View

  1. Touch and hold a widget or an empty area in Today View until the apps jiggle.
  2. Tap the Add button in the upper-left corner.
  3. Scroll down to select a widget, then choose from three widget sizes.
  4. Tap Add Widget, then tap Done.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Edit your widgets

With iOS 14, you can configure your widgets. For example, you can edit the Weather widget to see the forecast for your current location or a different location. Here’s how:

  1. Touch and hold a widget to open the quick actions menu.
  2. Tap Edit Widget .
  3. Make your changes, then tap outside of the widget to exit.

You can also move your widgets around to put your favorites where they’re easier to find. Just touch and hold a widget until it jiggles, then move the widget around on the screen.

Use widget stacks

With iOS 14, you can use widget stacks to save space on your Home Screen and in Today View. You can use Smart Stacks or create your own widget stacks.

Create a Smart Stack

A Smart Stack is a pre-built collection of widgets that displays the right widget based on factors like your location, an activity, or time. A Smart Stack automatically rotates widgets to show the most relevant information throughout the day. Here’s how to create a Smart Stack:

  1. Touch and hold an area on your Home Screen or in Today View until the apps jiggle.
  2. Tap the Add button in the upper-left corner.
  3. Scroll down and tap Smart Stack.
  4. Tap Add Widget.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Create your own widget stacks

  1. Touch and hold an app or empty area on the Home Screen or Today View until the apps jiggle.
  2. Drag a widget on top of another widget. You can stack up to 10 widgets.
  3. Tap Done.

Edit a widget stack

  1. Touch and hold the widget stack.
  2. Tap Edit Stack. From here, you can reorder the widgets in the stack by dragging the grid icon . You can also turn on Smart Rotate if you want iOS to show you relevant widgets throughout the day. Or swipe left over a widget to delete it.
  3. Tap when you’re done.

You need iOS 14 to use Smart Stacks or create your own widget stacks.

Apple’s newly introduced Home screen widgets on iPads and iPhones could be useful to enterprise professionals.

At this year’s WWDC, Apple’s upcoming iOS 14 introduced two concepts that may be of use to enterprise professionals: “widgets,” which let you keep some key data on your Home screen, and “stacks,” which combine widgets in a useful way.

Here’s how these may help you get things done once the OS updates roll out later this year.

Introducing widgets and stacks

Widgets aren’t new to iOS, but they have been redesigned and made more data rich so that they become more useful.

Apple now offers widgets for most Apple apps and many utilities, and they’re available in three different sizes so you can choose the density of data you most need. (Larger widgets host more data.)

Apple is also introducing a widget gallery from which you can install tools from Apple and other developers. These can be placed anywhere on your Home screen, providing you with the information you need most at the time that you need it.

You can also stack up to ten widgets together in one widget space on the Home screen. Once you do so, you now have access to useful data from up to 10 apps all within one widget – you just need to flick through it to get the information from each app, rather than working through multiple apps and/or screens.

Apple has also introduced the Siri Suggestions widget, which uses on-device intelligence to show actions you might take based on your usage patterns; this item reflects your use of your device and will be personal to you.

Can anyone make widgets?

Enterprise developers in certain industries will be interested to explore the new API Apple has made available (‘WidgetKit’) with which developers can create their own widgets based on their apps. This could also be explored by commercial app developers in the enterprise space, who can use this to easily extend that information in the form of widgets.

Think about how this could help your employees access immediate sales data, repair requests, top-level logistical data and so on. Making such information available securely via digital devices in such a low-impact way should keep workers fed with the information they need, with little or no additional friction.

The whole point of these widgets is that they can be “glanceable, relevant and personalized,” Apple said at WWDC.

What Apple says about widgets

Writing for developers, Apple states:

“Easily build widgets and make them available across iOS, iPadOS, and macOS using the WidgetKit framework and the new widget API for SwiftUI. Widgets now come in multiple sizes, and users can visit the new widget gallery to search, preview sizes, and place them anywhere on the Home screen to access important details at a glance. They can also add Smart Stacks — sets of widgets that use on-device intelligence to surface the right widget at the right moment, based on factors like time, location, and activity.”

How to use widgets on iPhone and iPad

The currently available betas of the iOS 14 and iPad OS 14 aren’t particularly transparent in how to customize the widgets you keep on your Home screen. There is no easily discernible Setting or on-screen control to help you do this – but the controls exist and you can access them in Today view on iPhone or iPad.

On iPhone:

  • Tap and hold an empty space in Today view and then press the Plus button that appears in the top-left corner to access your available apps.
  • You will be given the chance to select an app and also to choose the size of widget you want to use – if you select an incorrect widget size you’ll need to delete the widget and start again.
  • When active (all your icons are jiggling) you can also move your widgets around into your preferred order by dragging them around.
  • Some widgets will also offer an Edit function which will let you change settings.

On iPad:

If you keep the Today view on the Home screen of your iPad, you’ll need to use it to handle your widgets.

Otherwise selecting, choosing and accessing widgets is the same as on an iPhone – tap the empty space until the icons start dancing, tap the plus button to choose widgets, (or the minus button to get rid of one).

You can edit widget settings by tapping a widget and seeing if any options appear – they do not always exist.

What about Smart Stacks?

You will also see a Smart Stacks option. Select this and you can add a selection of widgets in one widget space. Smart Stacks automatically rotate the widgets in order to show the most relevant information during the day.

You can also flip through them to get to the information you need. I think enabling Smart Stacks along with your enterprise apps will be of great use, as it makes information your company relies on easily accessible – though this will depend on developers making use of the Apple API.

What do you think of widgets on iPhones and iPads? Will your company be asking its software developers/suppliers to make use of them? What sort of data would you like to see made available through them? Can you imagine these snippets of useful information being made available across other Apple platforms, such as glasses or Apple Watch?

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Jonny is a freelance writer who has been writing (mainly about Apple and technology) since 1999.

With widgets, you get timely information from your favourite apps at a glance.

With iOS 14, you can use widgets on your Home Screen to keep your favourite information at your fingertips. Or you can use widgets from Today View by swiping right from the Home Screen or Lock Screen.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Add widgets to your Home Screen

  1. From the Home Screen, touch and hold a widget or an empty area until the apps jiggle.
  2. Tap the Add button in the upper-left corner.
  3. Select a widget, choose from three widget sizes, then tap Add Widget.
  4. Tap Done.

You can also add widgets from Today View. From Today View, touch and hold a widget until the quick actions menu opens, then tap Edit Home Screen. Drag the widget to the right edge of the screen until it appears on the Home Screen, then tap Done.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Add widgets to Today View

  1. Touch and hold a widget or an empty area in Today View until the apps jiggle.
  2. Tap the Add button in the upper-left corner.
  3. Scroll down to select a widget, then choose from the three widget sizes.
  4. Tap Add Widget, then tap Done.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Edit your widgets

With iOS 14, you can configure your widgets. For example, you can edit the Weather widget to see the forecast for your current location or a different location. Here’s how:

  1. Touch and hold a widget to open the quick actions menu.
  2. Tap Edit Widget .
  3. Make your changes, then tap outside the widget to exit it.

You can also move your widgets around to put your favourite ones where they’re easier to find. Just touch and hold a widget until it jiggles, then move the widget around on the screen.

Use widget stacks

With iOS 14, you can use widget stacks to save space on your Home Screen and in Today View. You can use Smart Stacks or create your own widget stacks.

Create a Smart Stack

A Smart Stack is a pre-built collection of widgets that displays the right widget based on factors, such as your location, an activity or the time. A Smart Stack automatically rotates widgets to show the most relevant information throughout the day. Here’s how to create a Smart Stack:

  1. Touch and hold an area on your Home Screen or in Today View until the apps jiggle.
  2. Tap the Add button in the upper-left corner.
  3. Scroll down and tap Smart Stack.
  4. Tap Add Widget.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Create your own widget stacks

  1. Touch and hold an app or empty area on the Home Screen or Today View until the apps jiggle.
  2. Drag a widget on top of another widget. You can stack up to 10 widgets.
  3. Tap Done.

Edit a widget stack

  1. Touch and hold the widget stack.
  2. Tap Edit Stack. From here, you can reorder the widgets in the stack by dragging the grid icon . You can also turn on Smart Rotate if you want iOS to show you relevant widgets throughout the day. Or swipe left over a widget to delete it.
  3. Tap when you’ve finished.

You need to have iOS 14 to use Smart Stacks or to create your own widget stacks.

Get timely information at a glance with widgets.

How to add widgets on your iPad

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

  1. Swipe all the way to the right on your Home Screen to show Today View.
  2. Touch and hold an empty area in Today View, then tap the Add button when it appears in the upper-left corner.
  3. Select a widget, swipe left or right to choose a widget size, then tap Add Widget.
  4. Tap Done in the upper-right corner, or just tap your Home Screen.

After you add widgets, you can swipe to the right to see your widgets in Today View, then swipe left to hide them. Or you can choose to keep Today View visible on the first page of your Home Screen: touch and hold an empty area in the Today View until you see Keep On Home Screen, then turn it on.

Use widgets from other apps

Some third-party apps also provide widgets that you can add. Widgets that have been updated for iPadOS 14 work the same as built-in iPad widgets.

Until your favorite apps are updated for iPadOS 14, their widgets behave differently. Here’s how to use widgets that haven’t been updated:

  1. Touch and hold an empty area in Today View until the widgets jiggle.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of Today View, then tap Customize.
  3. Tap the Add button next to each app widget that you want to add.
  4. Tap Done. These widgets appear at the bottom of Today View.

How to pin your favorite widgets

  1. Touch and hold an empty area in Today View until the widgets jiggle.
  2. Scroll down to see the widgets that you’ve added.
  3. Drag the widgets that you want to pin into the dark area at the top of Today View.
  4. Tap Done in the upper-right corner, or just tap your Home Screen.

Widgets that you pin will always be visible in Today View. Swipe up on Today View to see the rest of your widgets.

Edit your widgets

You can customize the content of some widgets. For example, you can choose which list the Reminders widget shows. Here’s how:

  1. Touch and hold a widget to open the quick actions menu.
  2. Tap Edit Widget .
  3. Make your changes, then tap outside of the widget.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

You can also rearrange your widgets. Just touch and hold a widget until it jiggles, then move the widget up or down.

To delete a widget, touch and hold it, then tap Remove Widget. Tap Remove to confirm.

You need iPadOS 14 to edit your widgets. If you don’t see the option to edit a specific widget, it’s not available for that widget.

Use widget stacks

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

With iPadOS 14, you can use widget stacks to save space in Today View. You can use Smart Stacks or create your own widget stacks.

Smart Stacks combine several widgets into one. You can scroll through the widgets in a Smart Stack, or you can let iPadOS show you relevant widgets automatically. For example, you might see Calendar during the day to show your upcoming events, and Maps in the evening to show your commute time.

Create a Smart Stack

A Smart Stack is a pre-built collection of widgets that displays the right widget based on factors like your location, an activity, or time. A Smart Stack automatically rotates widgets to show the most relevant information throughout the day.

If you don’t have any Smart Stacks active, iPadOS shows you a suggested Smart Stack when you add a widget. Here’s how to create your own:

  1. Touch and hold an empty area in Today View until the apps jiggle.
  2. Tap the Add button in the upper-left corner.
  3. Scroll down and tap Smart Stack.
  4. Tap Add Widget.

Create your own widget stacks

  1. Touch and hold an empty area in Today View until the apps jiggle.
  2. Drag a widget on top of another widget. You can stack up to 10 widgets.
  3. Tap Done.

Edit a widget stack

  1. Touch and hold the widget stack.
  2. Tap Edit Stack. From here, you can reorder the widgets in the stack by dragging the grid icon . You can also turn on Smart Rotate if you want iPadOS to show you relevant widgets throughout the day. Or swipe left over a widget to delete it.
  3. Tap when you’re done.

You need iPadOS 14 to use Smart Stacks or create your own widget stacks.

After thirteen iterations, Apple has added widgets to the iOS home screen. It also has the Stacks concept which combines widgets in a smart way. Widgets hold some set of data from apps and they appear on your home screen in Today view. With this new development, developers can expand their app development to include widgets. Here’s how to use Widgets on iPhone and iPad.

Where Can You Find Widgets on iPhone and iPad?

You can find widgets on the Today View screen. There are three ways to get to the widgets screen:

1. From the Lock screen, Swipe right

2. From the Home screen, Swipe right

3. From the Home Screen, Swipe down so that your Notification Center is displayed, and then proceed by swiping right on it.

On your iPad, you can access the widget screen by Swiping in from the left so that Today View is displayed.

How to use iPhone Home Screen Widgets on iOS 14

  1. Start by pressing your Home screen for a longer time than two seconds. Do this till your apps start wiggling (you can also access this from an app > Edit Home Screen).

2. From the top left corner, tap the + icon.

3. The available widgets on your iPhone will now show.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8How to Use Widgets on iOS 14 ; Source: www.9to5mac.com

4. Tap the one you want, select a size and tap Add Widget so that it is added to your home screen.

5. You can change the position of your widget by moving it around the screen.

6. After that, complete the steps by tapping Done in the top right corner, and your widget is set.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8Tap Add Widget, Resize and Tap Done; Source: www.9to5mac.com

7. It is also possible for you to create your own Smart Stacks widgets by placing widget of the same size on top of each other. You can only place up to 10 in this regard.

This new widget feature also come with iPad and but is limited to the Today View sidebar unlike the iPhone where you can have them on your home screen, secondary and other app screen.

How to Edit iPhone Widgets on iOS 14

iOS doesn’t add the widget of a new app automatically to the widget page. The reason for this might probably be so that your widget page is not crammed with so many widget you don’t really want to use. It is easy to edit widgets and you can do this very easily.

1. Open the widget page or Today View

2. Move down the screen and locate the Edit button

3. Tap the Edit button and your currently available widgets will be shown. The widgets that have their place on the widget page will have red circles with white horizontal lines.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8Editing Widgets on iOS 14; Source: www.macworld.co.uk

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8Editing widgets on iOS 14; Source: www.macworld.co.uk

When you scroll down to the More Widgets section, you’ll be able to view the other widgets that are installed on your iOS device but are not currently active. You can add them by tapping the green circle having a plus sign inside, beside the name. After that, you can position it wherever you want using the three lines.

How to Disable Widgets on iOS 14

You don’t like it, or you don’t want it? Yes! You can disable widgets. Follow the steps below to achieve this:

1. Swipe right on your Lock screen or Home screen, or swipe down the Notification Center, so that your widgets screen is revealed.

2. Scroll down your widget list.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8Disabling widgets; Source: www.imore.com

4. Tap the red button.

5. Tap Remove and the widget is gone from Today View.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8Disabling widgets; Source: www.imore.com

Apple has finally rolled out iOS 14 for all the supported iPhone models and it allows users to add widgets to their home screen. However, iOS 13 comes with Widgets too and if you aren’t planning to update to iOS 14 then you can get work done with the Widgets that are available on iOS 13. These widgets can help you to check the weather in your city, give access to your shortcuts and do much more. In this guide, we are going to have a look at how the Widgets work in iOS 13. Without waiting further, let’s get started.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

1. How to bring up Widgets on the iPhone and iPad?

iOS 13 comes with three methods that allow you to access Widgets quickly on iPhone and iPad. Have a look at them below to see how you can bring up widgets on your device.

Method 1: From the Lockscreen

If you want to access Widgets when your iOS 13 device is locked you can access them straight from the lock screen. To do that all you have to do is:

Step 1: Press the Side button on your iPhone to bring up your Lockscreen.

Step 2: Swipe right from your lock screen and you’ll have Widgets on your Screen.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Method 2: From the Home Screen

When you have your iPhone or iPad unlocked, you can access Widgets straight from your Home Screen. To access Widgets from your Home Screen just follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Make sure you are on the Home Screen in your iOS 13 device.

Step 2: Swipe right from your Home Screen to access the Widgets.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Method 3: From the Notification Center

To bring up widgets from the Notification Center on your iPhone or iPad all you have to do is:

Step 1: Open the Notification Center by swiping down from your Home Screen.

Step 2: Swipe Right on the Notification Center and you’ll get the Widgets on your screen.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

2. How to Add Widgets on iPhone and iPad

To add Widgets on your iOS 13 device all you have to do is:

Step 1: Bring up the Widgets section on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2 : Scroll Down and tap on Edit.

Step 3: Tap on “+” to Add a Widget from the list of available widgets.

Step 4: Press Done from the top right corner to save your changes.

Have a look at the image below to see how it’s done.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

3. How to use Widgets on your iOS 13 Device

Every widget on iOS 13 comes with its own specific function and helps you to get your tasks done. To use widgets on your iOS 13 device all you have to do is:

Step 1: Bring up the Widgets section on your iPhone or iPad

Step 2: Select the Widget you want to use. Some widgets come with an expansion option that helps you to see more details on the other hand others may directly take you to the App.

Step 3: Press on “>” to expand the widget else just tap on the widget to bring up the App.

Have a look at the screenshots below to see how it’s done.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

4. How to Rearrange Widgets on the iPhone and iPad

iOS 13 allows you to rearrange Widgets on your iPhone and iPad which means that users can prioritize the widgets based on their daily usage. To rearrange widgets on your iPhone and iPad all you have to do is:

Step 1: Bring up the Widgets section on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2 : Scroll Down and tap on Edit.

Step 3: Long press and drag your widget to the top or bottom to reposition it and press Done. That’s all doing this will rearrange your Widget.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

5. Adding a Widget directly from an App

There are few iOS Apps that allow you to add widgets directly and as a result, you save a lot of time by skipping the process. To add Widgets directly from an App all you have to do is:

Step 1: Long Press on the App which supports widgets.

Step 2: Tap on “Add Widget” to add it in the Widgets section.

Have a look at the image below to see how it’s done.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

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How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

If you’re an iPhone user, you probably already know that iOS 14 now includes the ability to add widgets to your home screen. It’s easily the most popular new feature and people have come up with some very creative ways to customize their iPhones with an assortment of widgets. Sure, Android has had this ability for a while, but it’s actually a killer productivity feature.

A lot of the great productivity apps on the iPhone now also have widgets. In addition to giving you the ability to customize the appearance of your Home Screen, they can add a lot of functionality.

Here are the nine best productivity widgets for the iPhone in iOS 14.

1. Fantastical

On my main Home Screen, I have a widget stack, which allows me to add several widgets to one spot and swipe through them. Fantastical, along with the next two widgets in this list, are in that stack. Fantastical was already my calendar app of choice, for a number of reasons. The widget makes it more of a no-brainer for me. I like that it gives me a clean view of the next few events on my calendar, as well as the day, date, and even the weather.

2. Spark Mail

The inbox widget from Spark is definitely the best-designed way to see your unread messages at a glance. Since we’re talking about widgets, the way they look and feel really matters. In this case, Spark has a winner. The widget will tell you how many unread messages you have and give you a preview of the first few, and includes a compose button to open the app and take you directly to a new widget.

For what it’s worth, the Spark calendar widget is also great. If I weren’t using Fantastical as my primary calendar, Spark would be my next choice.

3. Things

The final widget I have in the stack on my home screen is Things. I use Things to keep track of all the things I need to do on a daily basis, so it makes sense I’d want to have the next important tasks easily viewable at a glance. Just like the app, the Things widget is minimalist and functional, which is exactly why I like it.

4. Headspace

The widget adjusts throughout the day to show different activities based on what is relevant. For example, in the morning, it shows the Wake-Up meditation, but in the evening, it will lead to a featured Sleepcast. Since one of the keys to staying productive is being healthy, a routine of mindfulness can help.

5. Carrot Weather

My favorite weather app had been Dark Sky, but Apple bought it, and there’s no widget. Fortunately, if you like your weather forecast with a little personality, there’s Carrot. It’s a great app, and the widget lets you control which information it displays. If you subscribe to the highest tier, you can even have the widget show you a weather map.

6. Sticky Widgets

It doesn’t get much simpler than Sticky Widgets, which are widget representation of the sticky note. I love this, because honestly, the number of times I walk around with an actual sticky note stuck to the back of my iPhone is a little embarrassing. This is a much better way to do it.

Basically, the widget sits on your Home Screen, and when you tap on it, it opens the app to allow you to type a simple note. When you close the app, the widget updates with whatever you wrote. You can also control things like the font or color, but the overall simplicity is what makes it a part of this list.

7. Widgetsmith

One of the most popular apps of the iOS 14 widget-craze, Widgetsmith lets you create custom widgets to display things like the date, weather, photos, custom text, or your activity. You can even choose to show the tide or phases of the moon. Pretty much anything you might want to do to make your Home Screen unique, Widgetsmith will let you do it.

8. Siri Suggestions

The Siri Suggestions widget automatically places two rows of app icons based on what Siri thinks would be helpful to you at any given time. One of the reasons I consider it so useful is that it allows you to have apps rotate throughout the day, meaning you have access to the ones you really need, without their taking up more space on your Home Screen.

9 Google

OK, so I was on the fence about the Google widget. Then I realized that my main disappointment with it is actually a function of the way widgets are designed. Since they are primarily designed to display information, they aren’t really interactive. The Google widget begs to be interactive with its search bar, voice search, and image search options. Still, the fact that the widget gives you quick access to those functions in the Google app makes it a great productivity tool.

How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

You probably already use widgets on your iPhone every day without even realizing it. So what is Widget on iOS? They come in handy for a multitude of routine tasks such as checking the weather, seeing your to-do list or reminders, playing and pausing music, and much more. Different apps have widgets of their own, which are easily accessible from the home or lock screen of your device. So let’s learn how to use Widgets on your iPhone:

Where are Widgets Located on iPhone?

Widgets are basically located on the Today View screen. And there are three ways to access the widgets screen on your iPhone:

  • Swipe right from the Home screen.How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8
  • Swipe right from the Lock screen. How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8
  • Swipe down on your Home screen to reveal the Notification Center and then swipe right on it.How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8
  • Swipe in from the left to reveal the Today View.

How to Add a Widget on an iPhone

  1. Access the widgets screen on your device, as explained above.How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8
  2. Scroll down and tap on Edit
  3. You will see a list of all the available widgets on your iPhone. Those that have a red circle to the left are already added to the list
  4. To add a widget, scroll down until you find the one you want and tap the green + button.
  5. Tap Done after you’ve added all the widgets you want to.How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Note: On your iPad, since the screen is bigger, you can also pin widgets on the Home screen for easier access.

How to Rearrange Widgets on iPhone

  1. Access the Widgets screen.How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8
  2. Scroll down and tap on Edit
  3. Tap and hold the three-lines icon on the right side of the widget you’d like to move
  4. Keep holding down the icon and drag the widget up or down to place it where you want on the list and then tap on Done.How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

How to Remove Widgets on iPhone

  1. Access the Widgets screen.How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8
  2. Scroll down and tap on Edit
  3. To remove a widget, tap the red circle beside it, which is the – button
  4. Tap on Remove and then tap on Done.How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

How to Quickly View and Add Widgets from Apps

If you have 3D Touch or Haptic Touch supported iPhone, you can quickly view and add widgets from the app itself.

  1. Find app whose widget you want to add
  2. Touch and hold the app icon to activate its menu
  3. Tap on Add Widget.How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

How to Access Widget from Lockscreen

Make sure you have allowed Today View access from the lockscreen.

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Tap on Touch ID & PasscodeorFace ID & Passcode. Enter your iPhone password.How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8
  3. From under ALLOW ACCESS WHEN LOCKED, make sure the toggle for Today View is enabled.How to use widgets on an iphone or ipad with ios 8

Summing Up

Different widgets offer different options for what you can do with them. For instance, some take you to their app when you tap on them. Others allow you to view more information right on the widget screen by selecting the ‘Show More’ option. Some offer functionality, while some just provide information. What are your favorite widgets? Let us know in the comments below.