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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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.
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.
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:
To add Smart Stack to the iPad home screen:
Many widgets allow you to customize the information they display. For example, you can edit the location for the Weather widget, change members for whom the data should appear in the Screen Time widget, choose which inbox to display in the Mail widget, and more.
For widget stacks, you will also see the options to enable or disable Smart Rotate and Widget Suggestions. When enabled, Smart Rotate uses Siri intelligence to automatically scroll to a widget in the stack based on the time of day. You can disable it to prevent the widget from scrolling automatically.Widget suggestions in widget stacks on iPad
Similarly, widget suggestions allow iPadOS to add widgets that you may find useful. It exposes the user to the widgets they don’t even know exist. That said, you can always disable the feature or remove the widgets you don’t like from the stack.Remove widget from home screen
Removing a widget from the iPad’s home screen is similar to removing apps. Long press a widget and tap Remove widget. You can also long-press anywhere on the blank screen and tap the – button next to the widget. Then tap Delete to delete it.To block
This was all about how to add and use widgets on your iPad’s home screen. In addition, we also mentioned how to edit and customize widgets and explore the Widget Stack, Smart Rotate and Widget Suggestions. While iPadOS comes with several built-in widgets, you can always install third-party apps to use their widgets. Anyway, what is your favorite widget on iPad? Let me know in the comments below.
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