Quick Tip: Enable widgets on your iPadOS Home Screen

Android users have had the ability to use widgets on the home screen since there has been Android phones, but iOS users have had to go to a separate place to use the same functionality. In iOS or as its now called, iPadOS 13, widgets can coexist with your home screen. Here’s how to turn it on.

  1. While on your home screen turn your iPad to landscape view.
  2. Flick right with one finger or with three fingers if you are using VoiceOver.
  3. Once your Today view appears, find the first widget in the list. You will find that it is a prompt to add today view to your home screen.
  4. Tap the Add to home screen button

Please note that this will only add widgets to your first home screen page, and only while you are in landscape mode. You will be able to move in your widgets over your home screen in portrait, but they will only sit on your first home screen in landscape.

While this isn’t exactly what users would want in having widgets on each home screen, this is a start, and it can only get better in future iPadOS versions. What widgets do you use on your iPad? Let us know in the comments, or on twitter by tweeting @iaccessibility1 or by emailing [email protected].

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