iOS 14’s Customizable Widgets – What’s New And How To Use

iOS 14 is coming with a host of exciting new features. While we anticipate its wait, Let’s learn how to use one of the major features that Apple is bringing with its upcoming update – ‘Home Screen Widgets’. For the first time, Apple users will experience a customizable home screen allowing the users to add the needed information on the home screen making it more flexible to use. Widgets will come in three sizes and one can add up to 10 apps within one widget.

Here’s how to use widgets in iPhone

  • Tap and hold on an empty space in the ‘Today’ view and press the ‘+’ button that appears in the top-left corner to reveal your available apps. Make sure to choose the correct size. Once the widget is added, its not resizable and you will have to delete and start again.
  • If the widgets are in ‘jiggle’ mode, you can drag them around and place them in the desired order. You can also long press on the widget for the ‘Edit’ option and customize it accordingly.

The widgets are no longer restricted to the Today View, but can be moved to any of your home screens. By dragging one widget on another, widgets can also be stacked. Apple is offering widgets for Reminders, Notes, Podcasts, Music, Fitness, Maps, News and more. The widget gallery will have all of Apple’s widgets and also new ones from third-party developers.

Apple has also created ‘Smart Stack’, a group of widgets that will smartly shift throughout the day. This will depend on how you use your phone the entire day, for example, in the morning it may show you news, then your to-do list, followed by music and so on. The Smart Stack can be edited as the need may be.

The developer beta of iOS 14 is already out. The Public beta is soon expected to roll out on July.

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