How to Add Widget to iPhone Home Screen


With the rollout of iOS 14 in late 2020, Apple is finally giving iPhone owners the ability to add widgets to their devices home screen. You’ll only see widgets associated with the apps that are installed on your iPhone, and the widgets associated with apps will come in a variety of sizes with different content options. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in the YouTube video below.

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Steps to Add Widget to iPhone Home Screen

  1. Navigate to your iPhone home screen, an d then hold your finger against an open space until all of the apps start to jiggle.
  2. Tap the “+” icon at the top of the screen. A window with available widgets is displayed.
  3. Scroll through this list to see available widgets. It should be noted that you’ll only see widgets for apps that you’ve launched at least once on your device. Also I won’t cover the smart stack widget in this video, and I’ll link to my video in the description that will go over how to use smart stack widgets. Tap the widget you want to add to your iPhone home screen. In this example, I’ll tap the news widget. A window appears where you can swipe through the different types of widgets, in terms of both size and content, that you can add.
  4. Tap “Add Widget” on the screen associated with the widget you want to add. You’ll return to your iPhone home screen where you’re apps will still be jiggling, but you’ll now see your new widget added.
  5. Hold your finger against the widget, and then either move it up or down to reposition it within the other apps on your iPhone home screen, or move it to another screen. Tap “Done” when you’re done moving your widget. Interacting with each widget can be a little bit different, so you’ll need to test this to see how you can interact with your widget. Some widgets let you swipe through to see more pictures or information, while some will just launch the associated app whenever you touch them. You can remove a widget from your iPhone home screen at any time by holding your finger against that widget to bring up a menu, tapping “Remove” in that menu, and then tapping “Remove” again on the next window asking you to confirm that you want to remove that widget.

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Max has nearly 20 years of experience working in IT across three different industries in project management and management capacities: publishing, telecommunications and healthcare. He holds the following degrees and certifications: BS Communications, MA Communications, MBA and Project Management Professional (PMP). His tutorial-focused YouTube channel earned more than 100,000 subscribers in its first four years, and currently has more than 160,000 subscribers, 110,000,000 video views and an insane 2.4 million hours of watch time. Max enjoys learning new technology, reading and collecting comic books, listening to audiobooks and playing video games.

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