Widgets are everywhere in iPadOS, providing quick access to relevant daily information.
To access widgets, simply swipe from left to right from the Home Screen or Lock Screen. It’s even accessible when your device is locked.
The default view shows snippets from some iOS apps like Calendar. There’s also a section for Siri app suggestions, much like you’ll find when using the Spotlight search. Thankfully the widget view is completely customizable, and you can add and delete widgets to your liking.
Custom widgets allow you to quickly view information from third-party apps, even if the apps aren’t running. Swipe down to the bottom of the widget view and tap Edit.
You’ll see your widgets enter jiggle mode – similar to how your apps jiggle when you rearrange them. Here, you can remove widgets with the “–” icon and rearrange their order by touching and dragging.
Tap the “+” button in the top left and you can add more from the Widget Gallery. You’ll be given a selection of compatible widgets from your installed apps. Choose one, swipe left or right to pick from three different widget sizes, and then press Add Widget.
Home Screen access
iPadOS adds the Today View to the primary Home screen, giving you quick glanceable access to handy app widgets. It’s possible to personalize these and effectively pin your favorite widgets to the Home screen.
First, scroll all the way to the left of the home screen to bring up Today View, then scroll to the bottom and hit Edit. Flick the Keep on Home Screen toggle to the On position.
Now scroll down this Today View list and hit the – and + icons to remove and add the widgets you want to see on your home screen.
The Smart Stack is a widget carousel that intelligently flips between different widgets according to your habits and needs.
To use it, bring up the Widget Gallery by pressing and holding below the widgets on the Today View, then tapping the + button. Scroll down and tap Smart Stack, and scroll left and right to select between the two different sizes. Tap Add Widget and position it as you’d like.
Once Smart Stack has been added, you can manually scroll between the available views by swiping up and down on the widget itself. To reorder the available widgets, touch and hold the Smart Stack and press Edit Stack. Drag the handles to the right of each widget to move them around.