Widgets Come to the iPhone in iOS 14

What is a Widget?

Widgets are containers for Apps. You may ask, that makes this different to just a normal app? Well, a widget displays specific information from the app on the screen of your iPhone without having to open the app. Normal apps only display the app icon which you have to tap to before you see any info.

Here’s a good example of using the calendar app inside a widget at the top of my screen. The calendar widget as you can see, shows 3 events that I’ve blocked time for on my calendar.

Widgets operate differently on the iPhone compared to the iPad. On the iPhone you can add a widget to any screen. On the iPad, swipe from left to right to display the widget’s area.

The video below gives you an overview of widgets on the iPhone.

Widget Overview

Adding a widget

This video will show you how I add a calendar widget to my iPhone. The same process works for every type of widget.

Smart Stack Widget

The Smart Stack Widget is a special widget which enables you to stack multiple apps inside it, but it’s a three-step process to add your apps.

  1. Add the smart stack widget to one of your iPhone screens.
  2. Add another widget just below or above the stacked widget.
  3. Drag the widget you want inside the stacked widget over the top of the stacked widget and let go.

Watch this video on the Stacked Widget below:

Adding two widgets side by side

Widgets come in 3 different sizes. The video below will show how to add two widgets, side by side on one of your iPhone screens.

What’s next?

That’s it for Widgets on IOS 14 on your iPhone. I’ll post another video next week showing how widget’s work on the iPad and I’ll show you some changes to the photos app on the iPhone and iPad in iOS 14 and iPad OS14.

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