How to Add, Remove, and Manipulate Widgets on an iPhone/iPad

iPhone widgets can be quite useful and can be the difference between a casual user of the technology and a real power user. They are, however, a bit difficult to understand and configure. This Gizmo Guide will help that understanding!

Prerequisites: Must be familiar with editing a home screen on an iPhone/iPad

Difficulty Level: Member • Nerd • Platypus 

Estimated Time: < 5 Minutes

Expected Outcome: The Widgets screen will be customized for personal use

Tools Required: Must have an iPhone/iPad, Must have 3rd party apps downloaded to use certain Widgets (i.e. Spotify must be installed to use the Spotify Widget)

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Steps to Perform 

  1. Scroll all the way to the Left on your home screen
    1. This is your Widgets screen
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the list
  3. Select Edit
    1. The Widgets will begin to "wiggle" just like when arranging application icons on the iPhone/iPad's home screen
  4. Once in the editing mode, to add a Widget, find and select the '+' symbol in the top left corner of the screen
  5. A Widget select screen will pop up and you can select from the provided list of Widgets to add
    1. Some Widgets have different sizes/styles, so make sure to look around to find the one that's best for you!
  6. Once the Widget has been added to the screen, you can rearrange them, just like how you would rearrange the iPhone/iPad's home screen
  7. To remove a Widget, simply tap the '-' symbol on the top left of the Widget itself
    1. There will be a prompt to confirm removing the Widget

Note that not all applications have corresponding Widgets, even some default Apple applications do not have a Widget. 

Widgets can be (limitedly) accessed while the device is locked