How to add and edit widgets on your iPhone

With widgets, you can get timely information from your favourite apps at a glance.

You can use widgets on your Home Screen and Lock Screen to keep your favourite information at your fingertips. Or you can use widgets from Today View by swiping right from the Home Screen or Lock Screen.

iPhone screen showing how to add widgets 

How to add widgets to your Home Screen

  1. From the Home Screen, touch and hold a widget or an empty area until the apps jiggle.
  2. Tap the Add button Grey add button in the top left-hand corner.
  3. Select a widget, choose a widget size, then tap Add Widget.
  4. Tap Done.

To add widgets from Today View:

  1. Touch and hold a widget until the quick actions menu opens.
  2. Tap Edit Home Screen.
  3. Drag the widget to the right-hand edge of the screen until it appears on the Home Screen.
  4. Tap Done.

How to add widgets to your Lock Screen

With iOS 16, you can add widgets to your Lock Screen to get information at a glance – for example, the temperature, air quality, battery level or upcoming calendar events.

iPhone screen showing how to add widgets to Lock Screen 

  1. Touch and hold the Lock Screen until the Customise button appears, then tap Customise.
  2. Tap the box above or below the time to see the widgets you can add to your Lock Screen.
  3. Tap or drag the widgets you want to add.
  4. Tap Done.

If there’s not enough room for a new widget, you can tap the Remove button  to remove a widget and make room for the one you want to add.

iPhone showing widgets in the Today View 

How to add widgets to Today View

  1. Touch and hold a widget or an empty area in Today View until the apps jiggle.
  2. Tap the Add button grey plus icon in the top left-hand corner.
  3. Scroll down to select a widget, then choose from the three available widget sizes.
  4. Tap Add Widget, then tap Done.

 

iPhone showing how to edit a widget 

How to edit your widgets

You can configure your widgets. For example, you can edit the Weather widget to see the forecast for your current location or a different location. Here’s how:

  1. Touch and hold a widget to open the quick actions menu.
  2. Tap Edit Widget Edit Widget icon.
  3. Make your changes, then tap outside the widget to exit it.

You can also move your widgets around to put your favourite ones where they're easier to find. Just touch and hold a widget until it jiggles, then move the widget around on the screen.

How to use widget stacks

You can use widget stacks to save space on your Home Screen and in Today View. You can use Smart Stacks or create your own widget stacks.

Add a Smart Stack

A Smart Stack is a pre-built collection of widgets that displays the right widget based on factors such as your location, an activity or the time. A Smart Stack rotates widgets automatically to show you the most relevant information throughout the day. Here's how to create a Smart Stack:

  1. Touch and hold an area on your Home Screen or in Today View until the apps jiggle. 
  2. Tap the Add button grey plus icon in the top left-hand corner.
  3. Scroll down and tap Smart Stack.
  4. Tap Add Widget.

iPhone showing widget stack 

Create your own widget stacks

  1. Touch and hold an app or empty area on the Home Screen or Today View until the apps jiggle.
  2. Drag a widget on top of another widget. You can stack up to ten widgets.
  3. Tap Done.

Edit a widget stack

  1. Touch and hold the widget stack.
  2. Tap Edit Stack . From here, you can reorder the widgets in the stack by dragging and dropping the app to where you want it to be in the stack. You can also turn Smart Rotate* on or off.
  3. Tap Done.

* When Smart Rotate is turned on, iOS will show you relevant widgets throughout the day.

With iOS 15 and later, you can turn on Widget Suggestions, so apps you already use can appear automatically in your Smart Stack at the right time based on your past activity. An option lets you add the widget to your stack so it’s always there when you need it. Just follow steps 1-2, then tap Widget Suggestions to turn it on.

You need to have iOS 14 or later to use Smart Stacks or create your own widget stacks.

How to remove widgets

  1. Touch and hold the widget that you want to remove.
  2. Tap Remove Widget.
  3. Tap Remove again to confirm.

Learn more

Find out more about Widgets on your iPad

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