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iOS 14 now lets you install widgets on your screen — a useful new affection that absolutely changes how your phone screen looks, depending on how many of them you use. So how do you use them? Let us explain.

Apple alien several new appearance to iOS 14 that change the way the phone looks — including the adeptness to hide apps after deleting them. But one that changes how you use the apps themselves is the adeptness to use widgets on your main app pages — up to now, they’d only been arresting in the Today View page (the one that you can usually find by scrolling all the way to the left on your screen). These are activating tiles tied to specific apps that show you advice rather than just the approved app tile. For example, the Apple Music widget will show you the name of the song you’re alert to as well as the album art.

No doubt there are many iOS users who have never had this kind of ascendancy over their phone screens. So… how in the heck do you get a handle on iOS widgets? Here’s the skinny.

How to get widgets

To start, not every app has an accompanying widget — they’re only accessible on specific apps. You’ll only really be able to tell by attractive at their App Store pages, or by attractive at the widget list after you install the app. You can access the list of accessible widgets by long-pressing your screen and entering editing-wiggle mode. Then press the button at the top-right corner of the screen.


This will show you all the widgets accessible from your installed apps and examination what they look like.

To install one, tap on it, and select whichever widget size or form you prefer — most widgets either come in assorted sizes or present altered advice and you’ll have to select here which one you prefer. Then tap “Add widget” and it’ll automatically install at the top of whichever page you’re on.


You can also edit some widgets by long-pressing on them in edit mode and borer “Edit Widget.” Here’s an archetype of what it looks like with Apple’s Clock widget.

Widget Stacks

There’s also a appropriate widget called the Smart Stack. This is about a carousel of the most useful advice of the day, culled from your installed apps. The Smart Stack is automatically generated, and you can access it from the widget menu.


It’ll show you things like Apple News, or your agenda appointments. You can edit the Smart Stack by long-pressing it, and then selecting “edit,” and toggling whichever apps you want to appear.


You can also create your own stacks. To do this, pick out the widgets you want in the stack, then actually drag them over each other from the edit screen. Once you do, they’ll be in a stack.