What Is a Widget & How to Add Widgets to the iPhone Today View (iOS 17)

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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.

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • Quickly and easily access your widgets without cluttering your Home Screen.
  • View quick updates and information all in one place.

How to Add Widgets to the iPhone Today View

System Requirements

This tip works on iPhones running iOS 16 or later.

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 it's not in your face unless you want to see it. Widgets give you a lot of information packed into a small space, so you can see all the headlines at a glance. You can also add widgets to your iPhone's Home screen, but adding widgets to the Today View is a handy way to use widgets without sacrificing space on your Home screen. To learn more about widgets in iOS and many more great iOS features, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

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

  1. On your iPhone's Home Screen, swipe from left to right until you arrive at the Today View.

    Swipe all the way right on your iphone home screen to get to the Today View
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap Edit.

    Scroll 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.

    Tap on the gray minus icon to remove existing widgets
  4. To add a new widget, tap on the white plus icon in the upper-left corner.

    Tap the white plus icon at the top to add more widgets
  5. Tap on a suggested widget to add it.

    Select a widget to add it to your iPhone Today View
  6. Swipe left or right to change the size or style of the widget, then tap Add Widget.

    Choose 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.

    hold and drag widget to move
  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

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. Next, learn how to use Apple Watch widgets! 

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Author Details

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.