Surely many have heard that in the mobile operating system from Apple, since the 8th version, support for the so-called "widgets"that are now available for phones, tablets, and players upgraded to this version of iOS.
However, based on the latest statistics, most owners of apple gadgets do not use this new opportunity to improve interaction with their smartphones at all, limiting themselves to a standard set of widgets pre-installed in the operating system.
As it turned out, many simply do not know what "widgets"why they are needed and how to enable them on your device. This is what will be discussed in this article.
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What are widgets on iOS and why are they needed
What are widgets
Starting with the 8th version of the operating system from Apple, mobile application developers have been able to create widgets for their programs and offer them to users.
Generally understood widget. it is a separate element on the screen of your electronic device that interacts with its program and makes it possible to use some of its functions without having to start the program itself. Roughly speaking, to see the temperature you do not need to open the weather application, just look at its widget, which shows basic information.
Users of the Android operating system have long been familiar with this concept, any widgets in it can be added directly to the desktop, and they will work perfectly next to the application icons.
However, Apple decided that they are not yet ready for such dramatic changes, and limited the scope of work with widgets to a part of the notification panel, or rather, paragraph "Today" in the top curtain of an iOS device.
Why do we need widgets
First of all, of course, widgets are designed to significantly improve the convenience of interaction between users and its electronic gadget. Using widgets, you no longer need to scroll through multiple screens or open folders with applications just to, for example, find out the balance of your phone in the operator’s application.
To-do list for tomorrow, weather in Jamaica, balance of WebMoney wallets, free memory of your phone or the national currency rate (how to show the ruble exchange rate in the widget "Stocks" we already told). the scope of widgets is limited only by the imagination of application developers. Almost certainly, each of you will find one or more widgets useful for him, which will simplify the work with the iPhone and increase the speed of receiving information.
How to add and enable widgets on iPhone, iPad or iPod
In fact, you yourself won’t be able to add a widget for any application, it is necessary that the program developers take care of this for you. And if they provided such an opportunity for their application, then we can only activate the widget in the notification panel of the iPhone. There you can find out which of your installed programs have their own widgets. The algorithm of actions is as follows.
- Open the notification panel of your gadget (top curtain) by dragging your finger from the top of the screen down on one of the desktops.
- In the left tab called "Today" scroll down the screen and click on the button that says "Edit".
- As a result, you will see a page with widgets for all the programs that you have installed (provided that the application has a widget). For, to activate the widget click on "green plus sign" to the left of the program name. For example, you want to activate the Yandex.Maps widget. After you have included all the necessary widgets, click "Done" in the upper right corner of the screen of your iPhone.
- As soon as the settings are saved, all widgets activated by you will display their information in the toolbar (top curtain) of your gadget. For example, the Yandex.Maps widget will look like this.
That’s all, so you can add and remove widgets to the tab "Today" on any of the iOS devices above version 8. You can also choose any order of their location, changing their places in the settings.