How to Add Widgets on iPhone

Customize Your iPhone with Widgets and Smartstacks

What to Know

  • Widgets and Smart Stacks require that you're running iOS 14 or higher on your iPhone.
  • Hold your finger on the home screen of your iPhone and, when the icons start to jiggle, click the + in the upper left of the screen. You'll be able to add widgets from the page that comes up.
  • While iOS 14 comes with some widgets from Apple, your favorite apps have to be updated to add widget capabilities.

This article shows you how to add iPhone widgets and Smart Stacks to your iPhone home screen, how to edit them, and how to delete them.

How to Add iPhone Widgets to the Home Screen

Adding widgets to your iPhone home screen is one of the best and most fun ways to customize your iPhone. Here's how you do it:

  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. This opens list of widgets available on your phone. To find widgets, you can tap into the Search Widgets box and type in the name of an app. Some featured widgets are just beneath the search bar. You can also scroll down through your full list of widgets.

    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. This allows you to better 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 is added to your iPhone home screen. You can move it to a different location by tapping and dragging it, just like you move 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.

Some iOS widgets have settings that let you control what content is shown in them. Once you've added the widget to your iPhone home screen, tap and hold the widget. In the pop-out menu, tap Edit Widget to change its settings.

How to Create and Edit Smart Stacks on iPhone

Smart Stacks take iOS widgets ever further. Rather than just one widget, Smart Stacks are a group of widgets all combined into the same space. They let you put four or five widgets onto your iPhone home screen, but only take up the space of one widget. You can also swipe through the widgets within a Smart Stack or set them to automatically scroll. Here's how to use them:

  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 added to 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 on the Smart Stack. In the pop-out menu, tap Edit Stack.

  2. To let the Smart Stack automatically rotate what content it shows you, move the Smart Rotate slider to on/green.

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

    As of this writing, you can't add custom widgets to Smart Stacks. The iOS adds them automatically and you can only remove them, if you want.

How to Delete iPhone Widgets and Smart Stacks

Decided you don't like the iOS widget or Smart Stacks you've got on your iPhone home screen? Deleting a widget or Smart Stack is really easy. Here's how:

  1. Tap and hold on 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.