iOS 14: How to add, remove, and customize widgets

Apple has announced iOS 14, and it’s the first time in years that the company has made significant changes to the home screen. There are several new features, but perhaps the most significant change is the new Widgets system. We’ve had Widgets on the Today View (the screen to the left of your first Home screen) for years, but not a lot of people use that screen. And what’s the point of glanceable info if you have to swipe around to see it?

With iOS 14, Apple is replacing the old widgets with all new ones that are more dynamic, can pull in more information, come in three sizes, and most importantly, can be placed anywhere on the home screen. Here’s how you work with widgets in iOS 14.

How to add Widgets

To get started with widgets, you’ll want to enter “jiggle mode.” Just press and hold anywhere on the screen for a few seconds. It’s easiest to press an empty space—if you press on an app icon, you’ll get that app’s context menu. If you do, you can keep holding and you’ll go to jiggle mode, or tap “Edit Home Screen.”

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To add Widgets to your home screen, enter “jiggle mode” and tap the icon in the upper left.

Once in this mode, tap the ( + ) symbol in the upper left corner of the screen. this will pop up the Widgets menu. 

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Widgets come in three sizes and sometimes multiple variants. Swipe through them before adding.

From here you can scroll through installed widgets, or use the search bar to find one. As you install more apps and they start to support the new Widgets format, you may have a lot to choose from.

Tap the widget you want to add, and you’ll see an explanation and preview. Swipe left and right to see all your options—some Widgets have multiple styles. The Notes widget, for example, can show a single note or a folder.

Widgets can come in three sizes. Small widgets are the same size as a 2 by 2 block of app icons. Medium widgets are two icons high, but four icons wide (taking up the entire width of your home screen). Large widgets are four icons wide and four icons tall.

Once you have picked a widget and its size, tap Add Widget at the bottom of the screen. The Widget you have picked will be placed on your home screen, but you’re still in “jiggle mode” and can move it around. To place it on a different home screen, drag it left or right.