Tomorrow’s Epiphany, gifts to be opened at home with the family. You just got a new iPhone or iPad and you’re already messing with it. Opening a new device that you like is great. Now that you’re getting it ready, moving your data from iCloud, and installing new apps, it’s time to set up the widgets on iOS 10 .
Widgets appeared in iOS 8 and since then, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users can use them. However, many users are unaware of how they can help them in their day-to-day lives. Let’s see how to make the most of iOS 10 widgets.
What is an iOS 10 widget?
In computing, a widget is an interface element that displays certain information . Widgets have moved from computers to smartphones, becoming a part that many users consider essential in their devices. Android introduced them long before iOS. Two years ago and with the launch of iOS 8, iPhone and iPad users can also enjoy them.
How do I access a widget on my iPhone or iPad?
There are two main ways to access widgets on an iOS 10 device. The first is from the lock screen, by sliding the screen to the left (opposite the camera access). The second is from the Home screen, also to the left on the first page of apps.
There’s a third way to access a widget, but it’s limited to just two: the Spotlight search engine and Siri’s app suggestions.
What are widgets for?
At their simplest, widgets in iOS 10 provide us with specific information about particular apps or services. For example, the weather in our city . By accessing the widgets we will see the information about the weather of the city we have chosen: temperature (current, minimum and maximum of the day), weather (sun, clouds, rain, etc.) and probability of rain.
Some widgets offer the ability to view more information with a “Show More” button. In the case of the weather, we will see the forecast for the following days. Besides displaying information, they serve as a direct access to the app from which they display information. In other words, if we touch the weather widget, it will open this app automatically.
Other apps such as Maps or Google Maps can show quick routes to a certain destination or the traffic to our next appointment in the agenda. The usefulness varies depending on the app.
How do I configure widgets in iOS 10?
From either of the two widget “screens”. Go to the bottom of the screen until you see a circular edit button . This will bring up the menu from which you can add or remove widgets in iOS 10, as well as move them around.
At the top, next to a minus symbol in a red circle, are the active widgets. Below them are all the other available widgets that you can activate but that are not displayed on your widget screen. To add them, tap the green button with the plus symbol.
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We can also organize the order in which the widgets appear . In this same menu and in the active widgets part, each one has three parallel lines. If we tap and drag this symbol we can move the widget wherever we want.
Unofficial third party widgets
Some of the apps that come standard in iOS have their own widgets. The apps you download from the App Store can also integrate their widgets and there are some that do. Dropbox, Google Maps, Flipboard and Shazam are some of the most popular apps that offer different widgets.
Its operation and configuration is exactly the same as Apple’s. Just edit, add, and move to get your favorites at hand.
Uses advanced automation apps
If you’re into more advanced widget use, there are two apps you can’t miss. They are Workflow, which Cristian Rus told us about some time ago, and Launch Center Pro. They are two apps that automate actions in iOS with the aim of saving time and steps in repetitive tasks .
For those who are interested in automation or already use this app, incorporating some of your actions into iOS 10 widgets is a great idea.
Less is more
This is a more personal recommendation. As we’ve seen, widgets are intended to display information quickly and provide shortcuts to certain apps and actions. Therefore, speed of access and display is paramount.
This is why the best way to take advantage of iOS widgets is by choosing only the essential ones . On my iPhone I have six of them configured: activity, app suggestions, battery, time, destinations in Maps and consumption of my data rate. If you have to keep sliding the screen until you find the one you need, in the end it costs more time than accessing the app itself.