What Is a Widget & How to Add Widgets to the iPhone Today View (iOS 14 Update)

What is a widget, anyway? We'll explain what widgets are and give you a breakdown of how to use widgets to spruce up your Today View on the iPhone.

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What is a widget? Widgets are a quick way to look at information and news from apps without having to open them. Let's take a look at how to add widgets to your Today View so that they're organized and easy to access. You can also add widgets to your iPhone's Home Screen, but adding widgets to the Today View is a hand way to use widgets without sacrificing space on your Home Screen.

How to Add Widgets to the iPhone Today View

So, why should you add widgets to your Today View? The Today View is quick and easy to access from your iPhone Home screen, but not in your face unless you want to see it. This makes it an ideal place to store widgets that give you quick updates and information, or that function as handy shortcuts for apps. Widgets make customizing your iPhone much more fun and user-friendly.

Here's how to add widgets to your Today View:

  1. On your iPhone's Home screen, swipe right until you arrive at the Today View.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap Edit.

    Swipe all the way right on your iphone home screen to get to the Today ViewScroll all the way down and tap Edit
  3. If you wish to remove an existing widget, tap the white or gray minus icon at the corner of the widget you want to remove.
  4. To add a new widget, tap on the white plus icon in the upper-left corner.

    Tap on the gray minus icon to remove existing widgetsTap the white plus icon at the top to add more widgets
  5. Tap on a suggested widget to add it.
  6. Swipe left or right to change the size or style of the widget, then tap Add Widget.

    Select a widget to add it to your iPhone Today ViewChoose a size or style for your widget, then tap Add Widget
  7. If you want to rearrange the widget once it appears in your Today View, simply long-press the widget and drag it to the spot you'd rather place it in.
  8. Once you're satisfied with the widget and its location, tap Done in the upper-right corner.

    Tap Done in the upper-left corner to save your changes

Related: The 10 Best 3rd-Party iPhone Widgets for iOS 14 

If you change your mind later and want to add or remove a widget, you can do so at any time by following these same steps.

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Jim Karpen

Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.