Widgets are containers for Apps. You may ask, what makes this different to just a normal app then?
I’ve updated this post so that it is compatible with the new Apple operating system that was launched in September 2021. Although the videos mention iOS 14 and that widgets work different between the iPad and iPhone, that is no longer the case with iOS 15. Now the iPad and the iPhone work exactly the same when adding and using widgets.
Widgets display specific information from the app on the screen of your iPhone/iPad, without having to open the app. Your weather app is a good example; a weather widget allows you to see todays forecast without opening the app.
This calendar app inside a widget at the top of my screen is another good example.
My calendar widget shows 3 events.
Widgets operate the same on the iPhone and the iPad as of iOS 15. You can add a widget to any screen. Tap and hold on any part of the screen until your apps start jiggling and then press the plus button at the top left of the screen.
The video below gives you an overview of widgets on the iPhone. Please note the video below was recorded when you couldn’t add widgets anywhere on your home screens on your iPad.
Note: The videos on this post mention iOS 14, which is now the old operating system. As of now, 25-9-2021, the new operating system is, iOS 15. Now the iPad operates just the same when adding and using widgets as the iPhone.
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.
- Add the smart stack widget to one of your iPhone screens.
- Add another widget just below or above the stacked widget.
- 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.
That’s it for Widgets on IOS 14/15 on your iPhone and iPad.