3 ways to add, use and customize widgets on iPad


With iPadOS 15, users can now place widgets on their iPad’s home screen. You can use these widgets to see updates to your favorite apps such as today’s news headlines, weather updates, stock quotes, calendar events, battery levels, and more to boost your productivity. In addition to allowing users to add widgets to the Home screen and Today View, iPadOS also provides options to customize the widgets. Here’s how to add, use, and customize widgets on your iPad.

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Add widgets to your iPad’s home screen

Previously, you could only add widgets to the iPad’s home screen by adding them in the Today View pinned to the home screen. They stuck to the left side of the screen and there was no option to move them.

The new iPadOS 15 changes that by letting you use widgets on any page of your home screen. Follow the steps below to add a widget to the home screen.

  • Press and hold an empty part of your iPad’s home screen.
  • Tap the + at the top left once you enter the shake mode with app icons vibrating.
  • Scroll through the list on the left to see all available widgets from apps on your iPad.
  • You can also search for widgets using the search box at the top.
  • Some apps offer multiple widgets. You can swipe through the widget to view the different style and size options.
  • To add a widget you like to the home screen, select it and tap Add widget.
  • OR drag the widget to the desired place on the home screen.
  • Finally, click on Done in the top right corner.
  • Add Widgets to iPad Today View

    The Today View is available on both iPad and iPhone and can be accessed by swiping all the way to the right from the home screen. It provides at-a-glance information about the apps you use most. You can also open it from the lock screen to quickly see updates.

    So if you want to use widgets on the iPad but not on the home screen, you can add them in the Today View with the steps below.

  • Swipe right on your home screen to open Today View.
  • Click the Edit button or long-press anywhere on the blank part of the screen.
  • Now tap + in the top left corner to open the widget gallery.
  • Browse different apps to see their widget options.
  • Click Add Widget or drag it to the Today View screen.
  • Then tap Done in the top right corner.
  • You can now swipe right from the home screen or lock screen to view these widgets. If you can’t access Today View on your lock screen, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > turn on the toggle for Today View and Search under Allow access when locked.

    How to customize the iPad widgets

    The iPadOS 15 offers several ways to customize the widgets. You can change how they display information, move them around, or even stack multiple widgets on top of each other.

    Move and arrange the widgets

    You can move and arrange the widgets on your iPad, similar to arranging the app icons. All you need to do is long press a widget and drag it to the desired part of your screen.

    You can also long-press on a blank area of ​​the screen to enter shake mode and then drag the widget anywhere you want.

    Stacking widgets on top of each other

    Like the iPhone, iPad allows you to stack multiple widgets on your home screen. You can then swipe through the widget stack to access multiple widgets. This way you can use all your favorite widgets while taking up less space on the screen.

    There are two ways you can stack widgets. You can drag one widget onto another or use Apple’s Smart Stack widget, which shows certain information based on the time of day and how you use your iPad.

    To create a widget stack on iPad:

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