iOS 14: Use widgets and create your own widgets

iOS 14: Use widgets and create your own widgets

Was es auf Android-Smartphones schon lange gab, ist jetzt auch auf dem iPhone möglich: Ab iOS 14 kann man Widgets auf dem Home-Bildschirm platzieren. Damit kann man das iPhone individueller gestalten und wichtige Infos aus den zugehörigen Apps direkt auf dem Startbildschirm anzeigen lassen.iOS 14: Widgets nutzen und eigene Widgets erstellen

You do not necessarily depend on the widgets that Apple or the developer of the respective app offer.With apps like Widgetsmith you can also create your own widgets.


Add widget to home screen

Apple offers widgets for many of its own apps and many other app developers already provide widgets for their apps.To add them to the homescreen, proceed as follows:

Press for a long time on a vacancy in the homescreen until the app symbols start shaking ("Jiggle-Mode").

Type on the plus sign on the upper left edge.

Select the desired widget.

Choose design and size of the widget by wiping to the right or left.

Tap on "Add widget".

Pull the widget to the desired area on the home screen.

Tap the display to end the "Jiggle Mode".

If you want to move the widget afterwards, tap the widget until it wobbles.Then you can move it.For some widgets, you can also make further settings on the content that should be displayed.



Widget stack and smart stack

In addition to individual widgets, you can also put widget stacks on the home screen.To do this, simply pull a widget on another.Important: Both widgets must be the same size.In this way you can stack up to ten widgets.Through the individual widgets you leaf through wiping up and down.

You can change the order of the stacked widgets via "Edit stack" (hold on the three lines and pull) or delete widgets from the stack (wipe left).

The smart stack is a special form of the widget stack.Depending on the location and time of day, this shows the widget first that the user wants to use most likely in the respective situation.

Apple offers an already prefabricated smart stack for the widgets.However, you can transform each of your own widget stack into a smart stack by activating the switch for "intelligent order" under "Edit stack".



Eigene Widgets gestalten mit Widgetsmith & Co.

Which widgets you can use on the homescreen and what it looks like first depends on what Apple and various app developers make available.But there are also ways to design widgets yourself.There are some apps available in the App Store that specialize in widgets and offer opportunities for individualization.

One of the most extensive of them is likely to be Widgetsmith.Here you can access time, calendar, photo albums or activity data, with premium subscription also on weather and gate data.The widgets can be designed in three sizes with different fonts and backgrounds and then place on the home screen as usual.With "Timed Widgets" you can also set that the content changes at a certain time.

The Color Widgets app is mainly limited to the date and battery display, but you can design the widget with a huge selection of colors and fonts.You get a simple slide show with Photo Widget: Simple.Here you can store up to 30 pictures that are changed in the widget.With glimpse 2 you can even put excerpts from websites on the homescreen as a widget.

However, there is a restriction: With the tip on a widget you always open the associated app.So if you type, for example, on a calendar integrated via Widgetsmith, not in the calendar app, but in Widgetsmith.


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Use widgets on the iPad

You can also use widgets on the iPad, but as in previous iOS versions, these are limited to the "today" view.Place freely on the homescreen like the iPhone is not possible here.

Adding and editing the widgets works just like on the iPhone.Stack can also be created and the content is rotated through "intelligent order".