How to Add, Edit & Delete iPad Widgets in Today View (iPadOS 16 Update)

Customize your Today View and Home screen on your iPad by adding widgets.

Adding widgets to your iPad's Today View is a game changer in terms of productivity and ease of access to your favorite apps and important info. There are a variety of widgets you can add to the Today View on your iPad, plus adding widgets to the iPad is actually fairly simple. We'll show you how to set up widgets on your iPad, how to change widgets on your iPad, and how to remove widgets from your iPad.

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How to Add & Remove Widgets on iPad in Today View

You can add and remove widgets on an iPad to make your screen organized, more fun, and easier to navigate. Also, if you like tips like this about how to use your Apple devices, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day!

Add Widgets to Today View

Use these steps to add a widget to your iPad:

  1. Swipe right until you reach the first screen on your iPad. This is your Today View

    Swipe right until you reach the last screen on your iPad. This is your Today View. 
  2. Long-press an empty area of the screen.

    Long-press an empty area of the screen.
  3. Tap the gray add icon in the upper-left corner.

    Tap the gray + icon in the upper-left corner.
  4. Select or search for a widget.

    Select or search for a widget.
  5. You can swipe left or right to choose a widget size.

    You can swipe left or right to choose a widget size.
  6. Tap Add Widget.

    Tap Add Widget.
  7. You'll see the newly added widget in your Today View.

    You'll see the newly added widget in your Today View.
  8. Tap Done.

    Tap Done.

Remove Widgets from the Today View

If you want to remove a widget from your iPad Today View, follow these steps:

  1. Long-press a widget to open the quick actions menu.

    Long-press a widget to open the quick actions menu.
  2. Tap Remove Widget.

    Tap Remove Widget.
  3. Tap Remove to confirm that you want to delete the widget.

    Tap Remove to confirm that you want to delete the widget.

How to Stack Widgets & Edit Widget Stack on an iPad

There are different sizes for widgets on an iPad. Widgets of the same size can be stacked. When you stack widgets, they will take up less space and you will be able to scroll through the widgets whenever you like. You can also edit a widget stack to personalize what you see in it.

How to Stack Widgets

Here's how to stack iPad widgets:

  1. Long-press the widget you want to move into a stack.

    Long-press the widget you want to move into a stack.
  2. Drag the widget and drop it on top of another widget of the same size to create a stack or add to an existing stack.

    Drag the widget and drop it on top of another widget of the same size to create a stack or add to an existing stack.

Add more widgets using the steps above, but keep in mind that you can only stack up to ten widgets. Also, you cannot join two stacks; you will need to drag individual widgets into existing stacks.

How to Edit a Widget Stack

With these steps, you can reorder iPad widgets or delete them from the stack.

  1. Long-press the widget stack.

    Long-press the widget stack.
  2. Select Edit Stack.

    Select Edit Stack.
  3. To change the order of the widgets, long press on one and then drag it higher or lower on the list.

    To change the order of the widgets, drag it higher or lower on the list.
  4. Additionally, you can turn Smart Rotate on or off to allow your iPhone to present the most relevant widget in the stack to you.

    Additionally, you can turn Smart Rotate on or off to allow your iPhone to present the most relevant widget in the stack to you.
  5. To delete a widget, tap the minus icon.

    To delete a widget, tap the minus icon.
  6. Tap Remove.

    Tap Remove.
  7. Tap Done.

    Tap Done.

How to Edit Widgets on an iPad

Some widgets have configuration options. For example, a weather widget can display weather in different regions. You can edit the widgets on your iPad to customize the information shown.

  1. Long-press a widget to open the quick actions menu.

    Long-press a widget to open the quick actions menu.
  2. Tap on Edit Widget.

    Tap on Edit Widget.
  3. Tap on the settings you wish to change and adjust them to your preference.

    Tap on the settings you wish to change and adjust them to your preference.
  4. When you're done, tap anywhere outside the widget to finalize your changes.

    When you're done, tap anywhere outside the widget to finalize your changes.

Once you’ve created a widget in a certain size, you cannot change it by editing. You need to delete it and add the new one in a different size. 

How to Customize iPad Home Screen with Widgets

In addition to having widgets added to the Today View, you can also add widgets directly to the home screen of your iPad. To learn how to add widgets to the iPad home screen, check out this article on how to add widgets to your iPad Home screen

Now you know how to use iPad widgets to make your iPad more fun to use! 

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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life who lives in Hawaii. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on her blog The Travel Bug Bite! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.