How to add widgets with iOS 14

How to Add Widgets to Your Home Screen in iOS 14:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for September 28, 2020

A new feature of iOS 14 is the extra widget options you can add to your Home screen. Adding these can range from fun, such as adding featured photos, to useful, such as having the weather front and center for your daily planning.

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.

Note:  These instructions were written for sighted persons, who are not using voiceOver.  If you are using VoiceOver:  when the instructions say “Tap on an item”, perform a one finger double tap.

1.  Unlock your iPhone if it is locked.

2.  Press your Home screen until the icons start to wiggle.

3.  Tap the Add button in the top left corner.

4.  Apple will suggest widgets. If your desired widget is there, tap it.

5.  If you don’t see the widget you want to add, scroll down or use the search bar at the top of the feature.

6.  Tap Add Widget.  Select a widget, choose from three widget sizes, then tap Add Widget.

7.  Tap Done.

You can also add Widgets from the “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. 

If you do not want to add Widgets to any of your screens of apps, you can Add them to the “Today” View on your iPhone:

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 

gray plus icon

 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.

With iOS 14, you can customize your widgets. For example, you can edit the Weather widget to see the forecast for your current location or a different location.

1.  Touch and hold a widget to open the quick actions menu.

2.  Tap Edit Widget 

Edit Widget icon

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 are 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 

gray plus icon

 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 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 

three gray lines

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 gray x icon for remove

 when you’re done.

Remove widgets


1.  Touch and hold the widget that you want to remove.

2.  Tap Remove Widget.

3. Tap Remove again to confirm.

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