How to Add & Use iPhone Homescreen Widgets in iOS 14

Learn how to add, customize, and use widgets in iOS 14. Want to add widgets on your iPhone's home screen? We can finally do it. The update to iOS 14 has let iPhones add widgets not just in the Today View, but on the Home screen too. In iOS, Widgets have previously been off to the side, stuck on the Today View which you access by swiping left on the Home screen. While the widgets can offer all kinds of useful data, leaving them buried in a special drawer, all scrunched together, definitely limited their usefulness. With the release of iOS 14, you can add them anywhere you want, set them to one of three sizes, and even customize their contents. This brings a lot more versatility and customization to the iPhone Home screen. 

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

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How to Add Widgets on the iPhone in iOS 14

Widgets are nothing new. You’ve been able to access your widgets for a while now by swiping right on your first Home screen and opening Today View. But what is new is the ability to move widgets directly to your Home screen! To add widgets to your Home screen:

  1. Long press on your Home screen until the apps begin to wiggle and the editing options appear. 
  2. Tap the + icon. You’ll be given a selection of widgets. 
  3. Tap on the one you want to add. 

    iphone home screen in wiggle mode with an arrow to the Plus icon at the top left corner.Widgets iPhone: the widgets selection screen on an iPhone
     
  4. Select your widget display option (small, medium, or large).
  5. And then tap Add Widget

    how to add widgets: the widget selection screenwhere are my widgets: the widget size selection screen with add widget highlighted
     
  6. The widget will be added to your Home screen.
  7. When you’re done, tap Done on the top right of your screen and you will exit the menu.

    add widget iphone: The iPhone home screen in wiggle mode with the Done button highlighted
     
  8. To remove a widget, just hit the minus sign when the icons are wiggling. Voila! Your widget will now behave similarly to your apps (it’s just bigger).

How to Create Widget Stacks in iOS 14

You can also stack multiple widgets on top of each other so you can access them more easily. Widget stacks are a great way to quickly switch up the look of your Home screen, or to bring different information to your fingertips. To create a Widget Stack:

  1. Add a widget (as above).
  2. Do this as many times as you like, continuing to add widgets to your Home screen. 
  3. Once you are finished, drag and drop the widgets on top of each other to create a Widget Stack. 

    add widget iPhone: an iphone home screen in wiggle mode with too many widgetsapple widgets: moving an iPhone widget
     
  4. Tap Done once you are finished. 
  5. Swipe up and down on your stack to access all of the widgets that have been placed within it.

    a screenshot of the iPhone home screen with a widget stack added and an arrow to the Done button in the top right corneran iPhone screenshot of the home screen with a widget stack, demonstrating how you can swap widgets in the stack by swiping up and down on the stack

How to Customize & Resize Widgets in iOS 14

If at any point you decide you would like to adjust the size of your widget or change your widget stack, that can be done. To customize your widgets:

  1. Tap and hold on the widget you want to edit until a box appears. 
  2. If you want to edit what is in your stack, just tap Edit Stack
  3. If you want to edit the widget, tap Edit [widget name]

    Edit Widget Stack: An image of the iPhone screen widget stack contextual menu with Edit Widget Stack highlighted
     
  4. If you choose to edit your widget, then you can choose what is shown on your Home screen. For example, if you have a Notes widget, you can choose which notes are viewable from the Home screen on your widget.

Widget Recommendations: Our Favorite iOS Widgets So Far

Widgets only came to iOS with the release of the iOS 14 beta, so the selection will remain limited until more third-party developers get around to creating their own. We predict there will be widgets for popular and common apps like Facebook and WhatsApp, but there’s no telling what they’ll be like. In the meantime, here are the ones we've been using while we wait:

  1. The Photos App Widget
    Really spiffs up your home-screen with a selection of your top pictures curated by your iPhone’s AI. It rotates pictures and always shows you something nice, keeping your home screen fresh.
  2. The Weather App Widget
    Getting the weather at a glance has never been easier. It’s always handy to know what the temperature is like outside before you grab your jacket or hat, but with this widget, we’ll probably never actually open the Weather app again, since we can get most of its data right on the home screen. Definitely a breath of fresh air!
  3. The Batteries App Widget
    We at iPhone Life have always loved the batteries widget: it offers an at-a-glance summary of the current charge of all your iOS connected mobile devices, including your AirPods and Apple Watch. 
  4. Streaks ($4.99)
    This habit-building tool shows you how long you've successfully maintained a practice. For example, it could show you how many days in a row that you've used your jump rope. With the widget, you can pick habits you're working on and show them right on your home screen.
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Cullen Thomas

Cullen Thomas is a Writer and Producer at iPhone Life, creating tips and guides to help users unlock the full potential of their iOS and iPhone. In addition to writing countless tip-of-the-day articles and many detailed guides, Cullen has spent nine years as an instructor in media and communications at Maharishi University, lecturing on technical and artistic subjects ranging from camera and audio hardware to story-plotting to how to manage a film crew. Cullen answers questions daily about iPhones and iOS as part of the Ask an Editor insider service, and designs curriculum for iPhone Life’s online classes. As a frequent contributor to iPhone Life magazine and occasional guest on the iPhone Life podcast, Cullen likes to talk about security and privacy news, tech, gadgets, and apps, even if nobody asked.

Cullen holds a master’s degree in Cinematic Arts from the David Lynch School of Cinematic Arts. Cullen also holds two Bachelor’s degrees from Maharishi University, one in literature with an emphasis in writing and the other in Communications and Media. Cullen’s short fiction has been featured in anthologies from Amphibian Press and TANSTAAFL, and Cullen co-owns a game design company, Thoughtspike games, which builds thought-provoking puzzle games. Cullen is a sci-fi author, a coffee connoisseur, and an iPhone expert.