How to Use Widgets on iPhone and iPad

How to Use Widgets on iPhone and iPad

You might already be using widgets on your iPhone or iPad every day without realizing it. So what is a Widget on iOS? They are useful for many routine tasks such as checking the weather, viewing a list of tasks or reminders, playing and pausing music, and more. Different applications have their own widgets, which are easily accessed from the main screen or lock screen of your device. So let’s learn how to use Widgets on your iPhone or iPad:

Where are Widgets on the iPhone and iPad?

The widget is basically located on the Today View screen. And there are three ways to access the widget screen on your iPhone:

  • Swipe right from the Home screen.1
  • Swipe right from the Lock screen.2
  • Swipe down on your Home screen to reveal the Notification Center and then swipe right on it.3
  • To access screen widgets on your iPad:
  • Swipe in from the left to display Today’s Display.

How to Add a Widget on an iPhone or iPad

  1. Access the widget screen on your device, as described above.4
  2. Scroll down and tap on Edit.
  3. You will see a list of all the widgets available on your iPhone. The one with the red circle on the left has been added to the list.
  4. To add a widget, scroll down until you find what you want and tap the green + button.
  5. Tap Done after you add all the widgets you want.5

On your iPad, because the screen is bigger, you can also embed widgets on the Home screen for easier access.

How to Rearrange Widgets on iPhone and iPad

  1. Access the Widget screen.6
  2. Scroll down and tap on Edit.
  3. Tap and hold the three-line icon on the right side of the widget that I want to move.
  4. Keep holding the icon and drag the widget up or down where you want it on the list then tap Done.7

How to delete widgets on iPhone and iPad

  1. Access the Widget screen.8
  2. Scroll down and tap on Edit.
  3. To delete a widget, tap the red circle next to it, which is the – button.
  4. Tap Delete and tap Done.9

How to quickly view and add widgets from an apps

If you have an iPhone that supports 3D Touch or Haptic Touch, you can quickly view and add widgets from the application itself.

  1. Find the apps whose widget you want to add
  2. Touch and hold the application icon to activate the menu.
  3. Tap on Add Widget.10

How to Access Widgets from Lockscreen

Make sure you have allowed Today View access from the lock screen.

  1. Open the Settings apps
  2. Tap Touch ID & Passcode or Face ID & Passcode. Enter your iPhone password.11
  3. From the bottom ALLOW ACCESS TO LOCK, make sure the switch for Today View is activated.12


Different widgets offer different options for what you can do with it. For example, some take you to their application when you tap it. The others allow you to see more information directly on the widget screen by selecting the ‘Show More’ option. Some offer functionality, while some only provide information. What is your favorite widget? Let us know in the comments below.

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