How to Add Widgets on iPad

Adding widgets to your home screen is easy with iPadOS 15

What to Know

  • Tap an empty area on the home screen > tap + in the top left corner > tap a widget > select the widget size > Add Widget > Done.
  • To move widgets: Tap and hold > wait until icons start shaking > drag and drop > tap the screen to save.
  • iPadOS 15 supports Smart Stacks. Smart Stacks appear automatically based on your behavior and only take up one spot on the home screen.

This article explains how to add widgets to your iPad in iPadOS 15 and up. It also explains how to customize these handy tools to provide you quick bits of information and shortcuts to important features that make your iPad an even more powerful.

To use widgets on the iPad as described in this article, you need iPadOS 15. While iPadOS 15 won't be officially released until Fall 2021, you can get it early by joining Apple's public beta program.

How Do I Add Widgets to My iPad Home Screen?

If you've added widgets on your iPhone, adding widgets to your iPad home screen will be very familiar. If not, don't worry: It's very easy. Here's what to do:

  1. Tap and hold on any "empty" area of the iPad home screen (i.e., not the Dock and not an app).

  2. When apps start to wiggle, tap + in the top left corner.

  3. The widgets menu appears from the bottom of the screen. Browse widgets by swiping up and down on the left-hand list. You can also search for widgets in the Search Widgets bar.

  4. Tap the widget you want to add.

  5. Most widgets come in multiple sizes and shapes. This lets them to fit into different arrangements on your home screen and to show different content. Swipe side to side to see all of the variations and options for the widget you selected.

  6. When you have the widget variation you want, tap Add Widget.

  7. You can then add more widgets, move the location of the widget you just added (see the next section for more), or tap Done.

Widgets on the iPad homescreen in iPadOS 15

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How Do You Customize Widgets on iPad? 

By following those steps, you've added a widget to your iPad home screen. But you'll probably want to customize your widgets, or at least their location. If that's the case, here are your options:

  • Moving Widgets. Just like you organize apps on the iPad, you can choose where on your home screen your widgets live. This is an improvement over iPadOS 14, where widgets only live in a column on the left. To move widgets, tap and hold > when apps starting shaking, let go > drag and drop the widget to your preferred location (to move to a new home screen page, drag off the edge of the screen) > tap Done.
  • Customizing Widgets. Most widgets let you customize some of the data they display. To customize the iPad widget, tap and hold the widget > in the pop-out menu, tap Edit Widget > select from the available customization options > tap the home screen again to save.
  • Deleting Widgets. Decided you don't want a widget anymore? Delete it by tapping and holding on the widget > in the pop-out menu, tap Remove Widget > in the pop-up window, tap Remove.
  • Using Smart Stacks. Smart Stacks are a special kind of widget. They're not one widget; instead, they "stack" a bunch of widgets together in the space taken up by a single widget. You then swipe through the widgets in the stack. They're smart because the iPad tries to learn your habits and surfaces data and widgets to you dynamically. You add Smart Stacks in the same way as a normal widget except you select Smart Stack in step 3. With the Smart Stack on your home screen, customize it by tapping and holding > Edit Stack > drag and drop widgets to re-order them in he stack or swipe right to left and tap Delete to remove a widget from the Stack.
FAQ
  • How do I add the battery percentage widget on my iPad?

    Use the recommendations above to look for the Batteries widget. Select the level of detail and the style of the widget you prefer. You can customize the placement and edit this layout after you've added it to your home screen.

  • How do I add the Photos app to my iPad widgets or Control Center?

    While you can't add a shortcut to the Photos app to your Control Center, you can add a Photos widget to your home screen. Use the above methods to find and select the app and create a widget. If you'd like to prevent some photos from appearing in the Photos widget, hide photos from the Photos app by selecting the Share symbol > Hide.

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