One of the iPhone’s most useful features is hidden just to the left of the homescreen

How to use iphone widgets
  • Use widgets on your iPhone to be more productive.
  • You can set them up in the Today View screen on your iPhone.
  • You can use widgets to track Amazon orders, check the traffic, see the weather, resume a movie, peek at your calendar and much more.

One of the most useful features on the iPhone is hidden to the left of the home screen. But, if you’ve never swiped over, or just never bothered to set it up, the “Today View” on your iPhone might just look like a bunch of random boxes.

Those boxes are called “widgets,” and, when set up properly, they can provide all sorts of useful information and tools.

I use widgets to see when Amazon deliveries are arriving, the battery life of my Apple Watch and my AirPods, when my next meeting is, the weather, to see how long it will take me to get home, top news stories and to quickly dive in to music and movies.

It’s probably the most-used software feature on my iPhone, but it seems like a lot of people either don’t use it or haven’t ever set it up.

Here’s how to use the widgets on the “Today View” of your iPhone.

The Today View screen on an iPhone, showing widgets.

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The Today View screen on an iPhone, showing widgets.

I can see I have some new shoes arriving on Wednesday, for example.

The Amazon widget on an iPhone.

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The Amazon widget on an iPhone.

I can jump right back into a movie I’ve been watching.

The movies widget on an iPhone.

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The movies widget on an iPhone.

Or use new Siri shortcuts to automatically get directions to work and start my driving playlist.

The Siri Shortcuts widget on an iPhone.

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The Siri Shortcuts widget on an iPhone.

I can easily see when the next Yankees game is, the weather and how much I’ve moved today.

Widgets on an iPhone.

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Widgets on an iPhone.

You can set yours up by scrolling down to the bottom of your “Today View” panel and tapping “Edit.”

You can add your own widgets by using the edit button at the bottom of the Today View screen.

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You can add your own widgets by using the edit button at the bottom of the Today View screen.

You’ll see all of the widgets you can add. Tap the green “+” button next to each one to add them, then tap “Done.”

Widgets you can add to your iPhone's Today View screen.

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Widgets you can add to your iPhone’s Today View screen.

That’s it! Thousands of apps support widgets, so be sure to check back often when you download a new app, you may just find a new widget that works with it too.

SOURCE: https://www.cnbc.com

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