Top 4 Ways to Change Widgets on iPhone With iOS 16 update

Widgets have been a game changer for iOS users since they were first introduced in iOS 14. This feature has evolved over the years to include new apps, and provide support for third-party widgets.

The release of iOS 16 takes widgets a step further by introducing them on the lock screen. If you’re new to the OS and would like to customize and change your default widgets then here’s how you can get started with the same on your iPhone.

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How to change widgets on iPhone on iOS 16

You can change widgets on iOS 16 either on your lock screen, home screen, or in the Today view. You can also change and customize third-party app widgets depending on the app you use. Follow the steps below to help you change widgets on your device.

Method 1: Change Widgets on your Lock Screen

Follow the steps below to help you change widgets on your lock screen. You can add new widgets or remove existing ones to make space for your new widgets. 

Unlock your device and tap and hold on to your lock screen to enter the editing mode. Now tap Customize under your current lock screen. 

Tap on your widget area to enter the editing mode. 

You can now place a maximum of 2 large widgets or 4 small widgets in the dedicated area. Tap the  icon to remove existing widgets and make space for new ones. 

Now scroll the list at the bottom and tap the app for which you wish to add a widget to your lock screen.

You can also tap and choose a widget from the suggestions at the top.

Once you’ve selected the app, tap and select the widget you wish to add to your lock screen. 

Repeat the steps above to change any more widgets currently on your lock screen. Tap Done once you’re done changing widgets. 

Tap your lock screen to exit the editing mode. And that’s how you can change widgets on your lock screen in iOS 16.

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Method 2: Change Widgets on your Home Screen

You can add an infinite number of widgets to your home screen. Use the guide below to help you change widgets on your lock screen. 

Change an existing widget

You can change existing widgets and change their appearance or the content displayed in them depending on the chosen widget. Follow the steps below to help you change an existing widget on your home screen.

Note: You can only change the apperance and content for certain widgets that support this feature.

Let’s take a look at the stack widget in iOS 16 for this example.

Tap and hold on to the widget you wish to change. Select Edit Stack.

Tap the  icon to remove widgets that you do not wish to show up in your stack.

Tap Remove to confirm your choice. 

Tap and turn off the following at the bottom of your screen based on your preferences. 

  • Smart Rotate: This feature allows iOS and Siri to intelligently rotate your widgets based on your usage.
  • Widget Suggestions: This feature allows the stack widget to make suggestions based on how you interact with your widgets and device.

Tap Done once you’re done making changes to your widget.

And that’s how you can change an existing widget on your home screen in iOS 16.

Replace an existing widget 

To replace an existing widget tap and hold a widget and select Remove Widget.

Tap Remove again to confirm your choice.

Repeat the steps above to remove any additional widgets from your home screen. Now tap and hold on any item on your home screen and select Edit Home Screen from the context menu. 

Tap the icon in the top left corner. 

Now select the desired app whose widget you wish to add to your home screen.

You can also choose and add widgets from suggestions at the top of your app list. 

Now select the widget you wish to add for the selected app by swiping on your screen. 

Once chosen, tap Add Widget at the bottom.

The selected widget will now be added to your home screen. Tap and drag the widget around to reposition it on your home screen. Repeat the steps above to add any additional widgets you like on your home screen. Tap Done to exit the editing mode.

And that’s how you can replace widgets on your home screen.
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Method 3: Change Widgets in the Today View

The Today View offers you the ability to add widgets and view information at a glance. It also allows unsupported third-party apps to add shortcuts to your Today View that otherwise may not support the native widgets in iOS 16. Use the steps below to help change your widgets in the Today View. 

Unlock your device and swipe right on the home screen to view your Today View. Now tap Edit.

Tap the icon in the top left corner of the widget you wish to remove.

Tap Remove to confirm your choice. 

Repeat the steps above to remove any other widgets that you wish to change in your Today View. Once you’re done, tap the + icon.

Now tap and select a widget you wish to add to your Today View. You can select an app or select a widget from the suggestions at the top.

If you selected an app, swipe right and choose the desired widget size.

 

Tap Add Widget once you’re done. 

Repeat the steps above to add any more widgets to your Today View. Tap Customize once you’re done.

You will now be shown supported third-party apps that can display shortcuts using this stack. Tap + beside the preferred app to add it to your Today View. 

Tap Done.

Tap Done again. 

You will now have changed widgets in your Today View. 

Method 4: Change Widgets using a third party app

Third-party apps also allow you to add widgets to your home screen, and Today View. This gives you more control over your widgets’ content and appearance. If you’re using a third-party app then here’s how you can change and customize your widgets. We will be using Widgetsmith for this guide. The process should be similar for other third-party widget apps as well. Let’s get started.

In most third-party apps you can change and edit the widgets using the app itself. Start by opening Widgetsmith on your device and tap Widgets at the bottom. 

Now tap and select the widget you wish to change from the list on your screen. You can choose to edit the current widget or tap Add [Size] Widget at the bottom to create a new one. 

Customize and change the selected widget based on your preferences. We will be changing our clock’s color for this guide. 

Tap Save once you’re done changing your widget. 

If you edit an existing widget then changes should be already visible on your home screen or Today View. 

If however, you created a new widget, go to your home screen or Today View and tap and hold on to your widget. Select Edit Widget from the context menu. 

Tap Widget.

Now select the widget you recently created. 

And that’s how you can change your widget when using Widgetsmith on your device. 

FAQs

Here are a few commonly asked questions about changing your widgets on iOS 16 that should help you get familiar with the latest changes. 

Can you change the widget icons?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to change your widget icons for native apps unless you’re using a third-party app like Widgetsmith.

Can you add multiple widgets on the lock screen?

Yes, you can add up to 4 smaller widgets on your lock screen or two rectangular widgets. 

We hope this post helped you easily change your widgets on your iOS 16 device. If you face any issues or have any more questions, feel free to drop them in the comments below.

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