iOS 14 basics: how to add widgets to your iPhone’s home screen

One of the more prominent changes introduced in iOS 14, and one that is generating a lot of interest, is the addition of widgets that can be added to any page. There are all sorts of weird and useful things you can do with them (especially if you’re willing to play around with apps such as Shortcuts and Widgetsmith). To begin, here’s how to add an existing widget to your home screen:
Note that the first time you tap the new widget, you may be asked to adjust its features (for example, to tell a weather widget what you want it to report).
To move the widget around the screen or to another screen, just long-press it until it starts to shake and then move it where you want it. If you want to get rid of the widget, long-press to bring up a remove option.
But wait – there’s more:
You can create a stack of widgets if you want to save space or if there’s one widget you’ll only want to use occasionally.
To create a stack:
To see each widget in your stack, swipe up or down on the top widget and the next one will be revealed.
If you want to change the position of or remove any of the apps in the stack:
Apple has also created a feature it calls a “Smart Stack,” which will automatically choose which widget should be on top depending on your location, what time it is, or what you most often look at.
iOS 14 comes with a pre-built Smart Stack made up of a group of selected apps. You add that stack the same way you’d add any widget:
Once you’ve added it, you can change the order of the included apps or remove the ones you don’t want, the same way you’d remove any stacked apps. Or if you want to start from scratch, you can create your own Smart Stack:
You can also use widgets (and widget stacks) on iPads – however, they can only be placed in the Today view on the left side of the left-most screen. Otherwise, the process for adding and stacking widgets is the same as on the iPhone – as is the process for creating Smart Stacks.
If you want to keep your widgets in view no matter which screen you’re on, you can.
Meanwhile, if you want to start creating your own widgets or find out what you can do with the new App Library, check out these articles: