iPhone: How to add widgets to the Home screen with iOS 14

Discover step by step how to install widgets to customize your home screen on iPhone.

Widgets are coming to iPhone. © Apple

Among the new features of iOS 14, widgets are appearing on the home screen of iPhone users. You can now customize your interface as you see fit. Mobile applications even offer to push the customization even further.

How to personalize your home screen with widgets

Widgets are accessible on the home screen directly. Here are the steps to install them:

  1. Long press on the home screen to activate edit mode,
  2. Then on the “+” sign at the top right of the screen,
  3. Select the application widget you want to install,
  4. Choose its appearance,
  5. Then click on the button “Add the widget”,
  6. Drag the widget onto your home screen, wherever you want.

The little extras: the ability to stack widgets so they don’t take up too much screen space and the “smart stack” that displays the most relevant widgets throughout your day.

Widgetsmith, the application to further personalize your home screen

With the arrival of iOS 14, new applications are seeing their number of downloads explode. This is particularly the case with Widgetsmith, which allows you to further customize your home screen on the iPhone or iPad. The free version of the application offers a number of possibilities.

How to use Widgetsmith? Follow these steps:

  1. Download Widgetsmith from the App Store then open the application,
  2. Choose the size of the widget you want to create, then the information you want to display: time, calendar, photo library, reminders, health …
  3. Customize the style of the widget: font, color, background color, format… then save your widget,
  4. In the iPhone widgets panel, select the “Widgetsmith” application and then click on it to add the widget.

To go further: you can change the visual identity of all your apps using Widgetsmith combined with the Shortcuts app on the iPhone.

One of the most anticipated new features of iOS 14

While widgets have just arrived on the iPhone, they have already been available on Android for many years. Google did not fail to recall it on Twitter …

Among the other new iOS 14 features, we can cite: the choice of the default browser, the picture in picture mode, the new translation application, the hidden Memojis or the green / orange point which represents the use of the camera or the microphone.

Do you love iOS 14 widgets and miss the Windows 95 days? Good news: you can turn your iPhone into an old PC in minutes, as shown in this tutorial from Greg Barbosa on Twitter.

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