How to Add Widgets On iPhone?

This guide tells you how to add iPhone widgets and Smart Stacks to your home screen, how to change them, and how to get rid of them.

How to Add iPhone Widgets to the Home Screen

One of the best and most fun ways to customize your iPhone is to add buttons to the home screen. This is what you do:

  1. Tap and hold the home screen until it goes into edit mode. Your app icons will jiggle, and there will be a + icon in the top left corner. Tap +.

  2. A list of available widgets will appear on your phone. To find widgets, tap into the Search Widgets box and type in the name of an app. Beneath the search bar, there are some featured ones. You can also scroll down through the complete list.

    Adding widgets to an iPhone running iOS 14.
  3. When you’ve found an iPhone widget you want to add, tap it.

  4. Most iPhone widgets offer a few different shapes and sizes so you can control how they fit onto your home screen and what information they display. Swipe side to side to see all the options your chosen widget offers. When you find the one you want, tap Add Widget.

  5. The widget appears on your iPhone home screen. You can move it to a different location by tapping and dragging it, just like moving apps and folders. When you’ve found the place you want it, tap Done.

    Adding the calendar widget from Apple to the home screen on an iPhone running iOS 14.

How to Delete Apps on iPhone

To get rid of an app:

  1. Tap and hold an app until all the apps wiggle. Any app with an X in the corner can be deleted.

  2. Tap the X on the apps you want to delete.

  3. Tap Delete in the confirmation pop-up. For apps that store data in iCloud, you are asked whether you want to delete the data as well.

    Deleting an app from the home screen on an iPhone
  4. Make your choice, and the app is deleted. Tap Done (or the Home button) to stop the apps from wiggling.

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How to Create and Edit Smart Stacks on iPhone

With Smart Stacks, iOS gadgets can do even more. They are not just one widget, but a bunch of widgets that all fit into the same space. You can put four or five of them on the home screen of your iPhone, but they only take up one spot. You can also use your finger to move through the widgets in a Smart Stack, or you can set them to move on their own. Use them like this:

  1. Tap and hold the home screen until it goes into edit mode.

  2. Tap + in the top left corner.

  3. In the widget pop-up, tap the Smart Stack featured widget, just beneath the search bar.

    Adding a Smart Stack to the home screen on an iPhone running iOS 14.
  4. Choose the size and shape you want the Smart Stack to be, and then tap Add Widget.

  5. The Smart Stack is now on your home screen. Move it around to your preferred location for it.

    Finish adding a Smart Stack to the home screen of an iPhone running iOS 14.

Once you’ve added a Smart Stack to your iPhone, you can edit its contents. Here’s how:

  1. Tap and hold the Smart Stack. In the pop-out menu, tap Edit Stack.

  2. To have the Smart Stack automatically rotate its content, slide Smart Rotate to on/green.

    Edit a Smart Stack on an iPhone running iOS 14.
  3. To change the widgets’ order shown in the Smart Stack, tap and hold the three-line icon at the right of any widget. Then drag and drop it into a new location.

  4. To delete a widget from the Smart Stack, swipe right to left across the widget and tap Delete.

    Editing a Smart Stack on an iPhone running iOS 14.

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How to Delete iPhone Widgets and Smart Stacks

You don’t like the iOS widgets or Smart Stacks you have on the home screen of your iPhone? It’s very easy to get rid of an app or Smart Stack. This is how:

  1. Tap and hold on to the widget or Smart Stack you want to delete until the menu pops out (you can also wait until the apps and widgets start wiggling, too).

  2. Tap Remove Widget (or the – icon if your apps are wiggling).

  3. In the pop-up window, tap Remove.

    Removing a widget from the home screen of an iPhone running iOS 14.

Parvesh Rana

Parvesh is the Content Editor for Bulletin XP. Here at Bulletin XP, she covers news about trending topics in the television and entertainment industries. Moreover, Parvesh likes to dance and listen to music. She also finds time in her hectic schedule to relax and spend time with loved ones.

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