How to Use iPad Widgets in Safari

Add widgets to iPad for quick access to apps

Add widgets to iPad to quickly access the functions of another app when viewing a web page in Safari. For example, to quickly save a web page to the Instapaper bookmarking tool, install Instapaper on the iPad, then enable the Safari widget. There are other apps that support these kinds of widgets, such as Pinterest, Twitter, and Evernote.

An iPad widget is also a mini-program that runs on the iPad. App widgets can't be installed on the iPad home screen (next to other app icons) like on other platforms such as Android.

The screenshots in the instructions below apply to iOS 12, but the written instructions work for older versions of iOS, too.

How to Install Safari Widgets on iPad

To access an iPad widget, first, enable the widget.

  1. Open any web page in Safari.

  2. Tap the Share button on the upper-right corner of the page.

    Share button in Safari on iPad

    If you don't see this menu, scroll to the top of Safari to make it appear.

  3. In the list of app icons, scroll right, then tap More.

    More button in Widget section in Safari on iPad
  4. Turn on the toggle switch for the widget you want to add to Safari.

    Evernote Widget toggle in Safari on iPad


    The widget only appears in the list if the app is installed and if it supports this functionality. Learn how to install apps on iPad if you need help.

    To reorder the widgets, press and hold the three-lined button to the right of a widget, then drag it up or down the list to place it before or after another widget.

  5. Tap Done to see the new list of available widgets.

    Evernote widget in Safari on iPad

Use and Delete iPad Widgets

Go to the web page you want to use the widget with, tap Share, then tap the widget icon to use that iPad widget. This is how it looks when using the Evernote widget with Safari.

Evernote widget in Safari for iPad

Deleting a widget from iPad is as simple as removing the app. You can also disable a widget from the Share menu to keep the app but clean up the widget area. Do that tap Share, tap More, then turn off the toggle switch for the app.