How to Add Widgets to Today View in iOS 10

BY Khamosh Pathak

Published 18 Jul 2016

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Widgets are literally everywhere in iOS 10. And I’m certainly not complaining. I love that widgets are evolving from being a shortcut to its own thing. Really, at this point, they’re only 1 step away from being on the homescreen altogether.

In iOS 10, these are all the places you’ll find widgets.

  • 3D Touch the icon in the Home screen to see the compact version of the widget.
  • Swipe right on the Lock screen. If you’re on the iPad and using it in landscape mode, you’ll see a two column layout here, with the left column getting a more prominent placement.
  • Swipe to the left most screen on the Home screen to see the Today view, containing all the widgets.
  • Swipe down to bring the Notification Center and then swipe right.

Add Widget From Quick Actions

Let me tell you how you can quickly add a widget to the top of the Today view. This will only work if you’re using an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.

If you want to add a widget for a stock app like Notes or even a third party app that officially supports widgets, all you have to do is 3D Touch the apps’ icon to bring up Quick Actions.

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Here, on the top, you’ll see the compact version of the widget. If the widget isn’t already in the Today view, you’ll see “Add widget” text in the top-right corner.

Tap there and the widget will be added to the top of the Today view.

Add From Today View

Don’t have a device with 3D Touch? Don’t worry, it’s pretty easy to add a widget directly from the Today view.

Go to the Today view and swipe to the bottom of the page. If you’re on the iPad and in landscape mode, swipe to the bottom of the left column.

Now tap the “Edit” button.

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On the top, you’ll see a list of all enabled widgets. Below, you’ll see a list of all the available widgets that you can add.

Tap the green “+” button beside the app’s name to add the widget.

This will add the widget to the bottom of the list.

Scroll to the top and tap and hold the “Handle” at the end of the app name and drag it up or down to reorder the widget.

On the iPad, you can drag the widget between the left and right column areas as well.

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If you want to remove a widget, tap the “-“ button next to the app’s name.

Do all the arranging, tap “Done” and that’s it.

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