The arrival of real Widgets on the iPhone home screen is arguably one of the biggest changes in iOS 14. If they were once relegated to the left page from the lock screen, and only accessible after deploying the action center from the main iPhone page, they are now an integral part of the home screen.
IOS 14 widgets come in three sizes with varying degrees of information, can be placed anywhere on your Home screen, and most importantly, can be stacked on top of each other to save space. Here is everything you need to know to use iOS 14 Widgets properly.
1. Install a widget
Installing a widget on the iOS home screen couldn’t be easier. Touch and hold the screen to activate edit mode. Then press the + button displayed at the top left of the screen to access the list of iOS widgets.
Note in passing that when the screen is in edit mode, you can still access the old Widgets from the left page. With iOS 14, however, developers have an API that allows them to create or update their existing widget to make them compatible with a home screen display.
By default, iOS displays a suggestion of widgets that may be of interest to you, based on the apps installed and that you use the most. Scroll down to access the full list of available widgets. At the moment, very few third-party apps offer widgets compatible with iOS 14.
If you do not yet know which widget to choose from all the native iOS widgets, perhaps start with the Smart battery. This displays a stack of multiple widgets to scroll up and down, which are accessible at the right time thanks to the artificial intelligence embedded in your iPhone. Depending on the location, the time, or your activity, the Smart battery will be able to display different widgets: News in the morning, the calendar at the time of your appointments, Maps at the time when you leave work, etc.
Each widget in iOS 14 comes in three sizes (small, medium, and large) to scroll left to right, with obviously more information displayed for the larger one. Once you have chosen your widget and its size, press Add Widget to integrate it on the home screen.
2. Move and edit widgets
Like any icon, the widget placed on your home screen can be moved as desired. Put the home screen in edit mode, and move the widget around as you see fit. Any app icons displayed around it will automatically reposition itself around it.
If you have opted for the Smart battery, tap on it to access the options. Smart rotation, enabled by default, shows the right widget at the right time, depending on your usage patterns. However, you can deactivate this automatic rotation and modify the order of appearance of each of the widgets using the handles dedicated for this purpose.
In addition, the various elements of this stack can be adjusted. For example, a long press on Siri’s Suggestions widget will let you indicate to suggest certain shortcuts less often that you deem not very useful, customize the Notes folder to display, or even set a specific city for the Weather forecast.
3. Create your stack of widgets
The native iOS Smart Widget Stack may seem practical, but it may not meet your expectations for the widgets displayed. To avoid multiple widgets on the screen, iOS 14 allows you to create your own stacks of Widgets.
To do this, just add your widgets to the screen as you usually do and then, when the home screen is in edit mode, overlay one widget on top of another to create a stack, as you would like. made to create application folders.
You can then, as with a smart stack, activate smart rotation, or change the order of appearance of each widget in the stack.