KEY POINTS

  • Apple recently announced iOS 14
  • The new iOS version includes built-in widgets that users can take advantage of
  • These widgets can be customized according to user preference

Apple's recently announced iOS 14 brings a slew of new and enhanced features designed to make the iPhone experience the best yet for all users. These new and enhanced features include built-in widgets that will prove to be helpful.

Cult of Mac noted that the widgets that iOS 14 has aren't as interactive as those on Android devices, but they're nevertheless helpful and will provide users with relevant information such as upcoming appointments, weather conditions, playback information and stock prices, with just a quick glance at the device.

Despite not being as interactive as Android widgets, iOS 14 widgets can be customized so they will work as the user intends. Here's how to customize widgets on iOS 14.

First, choose the preferred size

Apple's widgets come in different sizes and also offer different view options that the user can choose from. In order to maximize their use, however, users will need to choose their preferred size right off the bat as these cannot be resized later.

Users should go to Today view then add the widgets they want (such as weather, calendar and so on) in the size that they prefer. Users should keep in mind that they can never be resized once they are placed on the Home Screen.

Those who can't find the widget they want to add to the Home Screen should press and hold on an empty space in Today view, then press the plus (“+”) button at the top-left portion of the screen. This will open the widget gallery, where all widgets can be found.

Second, customizing the widget

Once the widget is added to the Home Screen, users should press and hold on it to bring up the Edit option. Alternatively, users can also access the widget settings by tapping on the widget while it's jiggling.

Customization options vary depending on the widget being customized. The Weather widget lets users select a city they want the forecast for, while the Notes widget lets users choose the note to be displayed on it. On the other hand, the Reminders widget lets users select which to-do list will be displayed.

Once users are done customizing a widget's particular settings, they can simply tap on the “X” icon at the top-right to close the window. The widget will update to reflect changes made.

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