How to Add Widgets to iPad Home Screen (iPadOS 16)

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Widgets have helped people customize their iPads for years! You can now add widgets on your iPad Home Screen and not just in the Today View. In the steps below, I'll walk you through how to add a widget to your iPad Home Screen.

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Learn how to put widgets on your iPad Home Screen to keep your favorite apps right at your fingertips.
  • See information from your apps at a glance, such as news, weather, and more.

Related: What iPad Do I Have? How to Identify Apple's Different iPad Models & Generations

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How to Add a Widget on iPad Home Screen

Did you know you can add widgets to your iPad’s Home Screen, just like on your iPhone? To use the steps below, you'll need to be running iPadOS 15 or later. Want to learn more about new iPhone and iPad features and how to use them? Sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

Here's how to add widgets on an iPad:

  1. Long press a blank spot on the iPad Home Screen page you want to add a widget to until it enters jiggle mode.

  2. Tap the + icon in the upper-left corner.

  3. Select the app for which you want to add a widget, such as the Calendar app or the Weather app.

  4. Swipe between the different sizes and types of widgets until you find the style you'd like to use.

  5. Once you see the one you want, tap Add Widget.

The iPad widget will appear on your Home Screen! Read on to learn how you can rearrange widgets.

How to Move Widget on iPad Home Screen

Once you've added a widget to your iPad Home Screen, you can move it around to customize your Home Screen just how you want it.

  1. To move a widget, long press an empty spot on your iPad Home Screen until it enters jiggle mode.
  2. Tap and drag the widget to your desired spot, then release it to save its location.

  3. Tap Done in the upper-right corner when you've organized your iPad Home Screen to your liking.

Now you know how to put widgets on an iPad Home Screen! These days, more and more apps are adding widgets that you can use on both your iPhone and your iPad.

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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life. In the last 10 years, she has been published in dozens of publications internationally and won an excellence award. Since joining iPhone Life in 2020, she has written how-to articles as well as complex guides about Apple products, software, and apps. Olena grew up using Macs and exploring all the latest tech. Her Maui home is the epitome of an Apple ecosystem, full of compatible smart gear to boot. Olena’s favorite device is the Apple Watch Ultra because it can survive all her adventures and travels, and even her furbabies.