A widget is an application that runs inside other applications. For example, a weather widget displays the current outside temperature of your choosing. Widgets are also known as sidebars or mini-application. They can be useful for displaying information about your favorite websites, social media contacts, and playing music.
This article is intended to give you the best possible understanding of widgets, the benefits of using them, and how to use them effectively in your everyday life.
What are Widgets
A widget is a small application that runs on an Android device. For simplicity, I will refer to the devices as widgets, even though the term application should be understood.
There are many different types of widgets. For example, there are weather widgets, to-do list widgets, and music players.
Why Would you Want a Widget?
Widgets are beneficial in many ways. You can include useful information on your home screen, such as the current weather, directions to a location, and email accounts.
Widgets also let you perform simple functions without opening an app. For example, you can create a music player widget to control the music without leaving your home screen or pressing the home button while your phone is locked.
They are also beneficial for storing information. You can create a widget to display your email inbox, saving you the trouble of opening up your email app every time you want to check an email.
Can You Add Widgets To An iPad?
If you have an Apple iPhone or iPad, you may be wondering if you can add widgets. The answer is yes; however, this feature is more limited than Android. For example, you can add weather widgets to the lock screen but they will only show the temperature inside your home city and not a forecast like Android phones.
How do I get the Most From My Widgets?
If you create a widget, there are some important steps to get the benefits. First, you should move the widget to where you want it by pressing and holding it, then dragging it around the screen. It would help if you also sized the widget according to your preference by pressing and holding it until it shakes, then adjusting its size.
To rearrange multiple widgets at once, tap-and-hold any one of them for about 2 seconds.
The customization process doesn’t end here! You should also be aware that when you change the size of a widget, it will shrink automatically. Android adds extra space around each widget to keep it from appearing pixelated or distorted.
6 Benefits of Widgets on Your iPad
1. Personalize Your Apps
Give your apps a unique feel that is custom to your preferences.
2. Save Time and Energy
Eliminate repetitive clicking, typing, reading emails, and checking apps for whatever you decide to do. Just look at the home screen without the hassle of opening apps. Access it anytime, anywhere without buying plugins or installing an app to make your iPad work like a smartphone.
3. Incredibly Easy to Use
You can drag and drop the widget to the home screen or grab it from the app store.
4. Optimize Your Home Screen
The widgets are easily replaceable, just like on an android phone – you can add a new one with a single tap. You can edit settings for individual widgets as well. Adjust icons and buttons as needed.
5. No Need to Reach for Your Phone
What would you do when you want to check the weather, exactly? You can use that app directly on your tablet without taking the phone out of your pocket. In case of an emergency, it is great for driving or when you may need quick access but don’t want to miss something important.
6. Save Time on the Road
There is no need to reach for your phone anymore. You can access all your info when you are on the go. No more hunting for wifi signals or searching for a place to stop for checking on something; come back and go again.
What are the Limitations of Widgets?
The most important limitation of widgets is using them on the home screen. The widgets cannot be used on other screens or apps, and they cannot be accessed from the notification bar or within an app.
There are limitations in terms of customization, size, and placement. Widgets can only be placed at the bottom of your home screen, and if you shift them or resize them too much, they will revert to their default sizes. Widgets cannot be customized through the use of themes.
There may be some compatibility issues with apps that depend on customized notification bars. If you have trouble with that, it would be better to use a third-party app like WidgetLocker.
How to Add Widgets on iPad and iPhone
- You will need to get a widgets app first.
- After you download the app, you can preview it by having an introduction of it before installing it on your iPad or iPhone. The tutorial is usually simple and straight to the point, so you won’t have difficulty doing this. Just make sure that you are using either Safari or Chrome.
- After previewing the widget application, you will be given full instructions on installing it on your device.
- After you have finished the installation steps, you can finally try out your newly made widget!
How to Access Widgets from an iPad or iPhone?
Accessing a widget from an iPad or iPhone is very simple and convenient. Click on your device’s home screen and scroll until you see the bottom row. Now, click on it and drag the widget to use in that position.
If you want to remove a widget from your home screen, drag it to the bottom of the screen and drop it there.
Today, widgets are in almost all mobile devices – smartphones and tablets alike. They are used to display information, access apps, or perform simple functions without opening an app.
If you are an iPad user and want more customization options, you can create widgets that will display information on a single screen. You may also choose to download third-party apps that will add fun little single-purpose widgets or full app suites for night mode.