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

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What are widgets? Widgets are a quick way to look at information from the apps that are the most important to you, choose to see more information, or even open 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 widgets to what Apple calls the Today View, which can be accessed by swiping right on the first Home screen on your iPhone.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!

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To do this:

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


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

 

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.