What Are Widgets, Plus How to Add Them to iPhone's Today View

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Beginning with iOS 8, iPhone users finally got the ability to customize their interface by adding widgets for iPhone to the Notification Center. We can still add widgets in iOS 11, these days to what Apple calls the Today View, which can be accessed by swiping right on the first Home screen on your iPhone. And widgets are more versatile than ever before. But wait, let me back up, what are widgets? Widgets are a quick way to look at information from apps that are the most important to you, choose to see more information, or even enter the app directly from the widget. The widgets chosen will vary person to person, but some common favorites include Weather, News, and Stocks. You can add, organize, and subtract your iPhone widgets whenever you want to, so let's get started learning how to add widgets to your iPhone's Notification Center in iOS 11!

Related: How to Customize Control Center with iOS 11 on iPhone   

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What Are Widgets and How Do You Add Them to Today View in iOS 11

  • Swipe right until you arrive at the Today View.
  • Tap on Edit.

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  • Tap the minus in the red circle to take a widget away, or the plus in the green circle to add one.
  • Tap Done to save your changes.

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

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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.