How to Add Widgets on iPad Today View (iPadOS 15 Update)

Learn how to add, delete, and tailor widgets in your iPadOS 15 Today View.

What are widgets? Widgets are the bigger icons that help you get information from your apps at a glance. For example, a Weather widget will show you the weather right on the home screen or Today View so that you don't need to open the app. We'll cover how to add, remove, and customize widgets in your Apple Today View. 

Related: How to Customize an Action Menu on Your iPhone

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How to Delete and Add Widget to iPad Today View

Widgets have seen significant updates with iPadOS 15, including the option to add widgets to the iPad Home screen in addition to the Today View, so you will need this version or later to follow the steps below. Here's how to add and remove Apple and non-Apple widgets from the Today View on your iPad. 

  1. From your first Home screen, swipe right to open the Today View

  2. Scroll to the bottom of the Today View and tap Edit

  3. To remove a widget, tap the minus icon

  4. To add a widget, tap the plus icon

  5. Tap the app you wish to add a widget for. 

  6. Swipe through the icon sizes to select the one you want. 

  7. Tap Add Widget

  8. To add a widget for a non-Apple app, scroll to the bottom of the Today View in Edit mode and tap Customize

  9. Tap the minus icon to remove a non-Apple app from the Today View. 

  10. Tap the plus icon to add a non-Apple app to your Today View. 

  11. Tap Done to exit the Customization menu for non-Apple apps.

  12. Tap Done to exit edit mode. 

How to Customize iPad Widgets in Today View

Once you decide which widgets you'd like to have in your Today View, you can also move widgets to be higher or lower in your list and further customize specific widget displays. Here's how: 

  1. To edit the customizable display settings for a widget, press and hold the widget you want to edit. 
  2. Tap Edit Widget and adjust the specific widget settings. (If this option does not appear, it means this widget cannot be further customized.)

  3. To have a widget display higher or lower in your Today View, press and drag a widget up or down the widget list.

  4. To move a widget out of the Today View and onto your Home screen, press and drag a widget to the right. 

  5. Tap Done

You can also learn how to add widgets on iPad home screen, so that you can conveniently place your iPad widgets among your apps.

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Tamlin Day

Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin's expertise covers a broad spectrum. 

Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU's literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin's first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.