- May 22, 2009
I''m digging that widget that shows battery levels of multiple devices.
In iOS 14, Apple made some dramatic changes to the Home Screen of iPhone. In particular, it introduced the concept of Home Screen widgets, which are similar to the widgets available on Android phones
I can’t figure out how to organize things. It’s frustrating that the App Library doesn’t give you the ability to rearrange and rename folders. So far, I regret altering my Home Screen with widgets.
I am back to 13 because of this. Organization in 14 is a royal mess. I like the idea of stacks and widgets but I am finding every time I edit my layout, organize my home screen, or add a widget all my apps fall out of every folder I ever created, and now I have many pages of individual apps. No thanks, I will wait to fall, it was fun while it lasted.
In iOS 14, Apple made some dramatic changes to the Home Screen of iPhone. In particular, it introduced the concept of Home Screen widgets, which are similar to the widgets available on Android phones.
Previously, use of widgets was limited to the Today View, which can be accessed by swiping from left to right on the Home Screen. In iOS 14, however, widgets got a design and functionality overhaul, and now any widget that's available in the Today View can also be added to the Home Screen alongside your apps.
How to Add Widgets to the Home Screen
There a couple of ways you can add widgets to the Home Screen. If you long press on a widget in the Today View, you'll see an Edit Home Screen option in the popup menu. Tapping this enters jiggle mode, and from there you can drag widgets out of the Today View and place them anywhere on the Home Screen.
When in jiggle mode, notice the plus (+) button in the top-left corner of the screen. You'll find the same button appear if you long press on a blank area of the Home Screen or any additional page of apps. Tapping this button opens the Widget Gallery, where you can add and customize widgets.
In the Widget Gallery, you can search for a specific widget or scroll through the available options. Tapping on a widget in the list lets you see the size and content options that are available for the widget. To add a widget to the Today View or the Home Screen, select it, choose a size (small, medium, or large), and then tap the Add Widget button.
Widget Sizes and Other Functions
When you customize a new widget, you'll notice that the larger the size of the widget, the more content it can display. In the Weather widget, for example, the smallest widget shows the current conditions, while the largest displays the forecast for the next few days.
Bear in mind that bigger widgets take up more space on your Home Screen. A small widget takes up the space of four apps in a square shape, but a medium widget takes up the space of eight apps in a rectangle shape, and a large widget takes up the space of 16 apps in a square shape.
Some apps also have different widget options based on function. In the Apple News widget, for example, you can choose to see relevant news from the day or get stories about a specific topic of interest. You can change this function on an existing Apple News widget anytime. Just long press on the widget and then select Edit "News."
When you've got some widgets on your Home Screen, you can move them around, just like apps. Simply long press on the screen to enter jiggle mode and then drag a widget around with your finger.
Siri Suggestions Widget
In the Widget Gallery, if you scroll down to the list section you'll see a Siri Suggestions widget. This dynamic widget displays app suggestions based on your iPhone usage habits, similar to what shows up under Siri Suggestions when you use an iPhone's search function.
With widget stacks, you can stack multiple widgets on top of one another, so you can put all of your favorites together and then swap between them with an upward or downward swipe of the finger.
Apple has also added a special "Smart Stack," which is a widget stack that uses Siri Intelligence to surface the most relevant and useful widget based on your iPhone usage habits.
Third Party Widgets
Apple is allowing developers to create their own Home Screen widgets to augment in-app functions, so keep an eye out for available widgets for your most loved third-party apps.
For more on widgets and the other Home Screen changes that Apple has introduced in iOS 14, such as App Library, make sure to check out our full iOS 14 Home Screen guide.
Article Link: How to Use Widgets in iOS 14
You can hold down on the News Widget and change the topics that are pulling through. In addtion, go to the apple news app and unfollow the channels you dont want to see.Can anyone get the News Widget to display more than one Top Story? In the largest widget size it displays one Top Story and one Apple News Plus Story, which I don't want nor care about. In iOS 13 widgets it displayed 4 stories.
this beta has been pretty stable for me at least, I feel like its just certain glitches like widgets not updating correctly
Because they are the old style widgets. They can only sit forlornly at the bottom of the widget screen, just to remind us how much better at space utilisation and interaction the iOS 13 widgets were.So why can I not select 3rd party widgets (Google maps, Windey etc)? They are still in the Today View (far left screen), or have I missed something??
I like the widget but I use it in the same place it was in iOS 13 (it’s called Today?) and use other pages for icons only. I am waiting for 3rd party apps widgets though.
Maybe not after you try changing to Widgets. Or maybe you can. I’m not having good luck getting what I want in a widget panel. I keep getting Twitter and Facebook and Instagram because of Siri suggestions. I haven’t had a Facebook account in 5 years, an Instagram in 3+ and I ditched Twitter late last year. Items I actually use don’t show up in Siri Suggestions, And I can’t (or don’t know how) to create a medium to large widget and select what apps I want to put in it. Siri Suggestions seems to be the only way to get multiple apps in a frame.You can create your own folders and organize things as you want, like before, right?
It amazes me how slowly these third party apps are rolling out widgets. Almost none of my third party apps have a widget.