How To: The Easiest Way to Add Widgets on Your iPhone in iOS 10

The Easiest Way to Add Widgets on Your iPhone in iOS 10

iOS 10 has a lot of great new features and functionality for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, but the new widget system is definitely a highlight. Almost all of the stock apps have widgets that offer timely information, and there are plenty of third-party apps too, which means we might finally be approaching parity with Android's widget selection.

However, if you own an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, or will be getting the new iPhone 7, the 3D Touch feature in these devices make iOS 10's new widget system even better.

Instead of just viewing widgets on the Today view, i.e., the main widgets screen, you can force-press an icon on your home screen to see that app's widget right then and there, above the regular Quick Actions, if any. This feature is only for stock Apple apps so far, but may appear in third-party ones if we're lucky.

3D Touch widget examples on the home screen.

If you like the widget enough, you can take things a step further by choosing the "Add Widget" option on this popup. This will add the app's widget to your Today view, which is accessible on the leftmost home screen, or by swiping to the left on your lock screen.

"Add Widget" will move that widget to the home and lock screen's Today view.

Normally, you'd have to go to the Today view, scroll down to the bottom, hit "Edit," and then add widgets that way, so this speeds things up considerably, though you'll still need to use the "Edit" page to reorganize the widgets layout.

Cover photo and screenshots by Dallas Thomas/Gadget Hacks

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