With the new release of iPadOS 17, currently available via developer beta and expected to be fully available this fall, Apple now lets its iPad users include widgets to the lock screen. The Apple iPad users can add any widget, from a clock and stock information to calendar events, to the lock screen on their iPads. If you have been eagerly waiting for the arrival of this functionality, then wait. Please read this article because it’s the perfect place to learn how to add widgets on the iPad lock screen and how they work.
How To Add & Customize iPad Lock Screen Widgets
- Firstly you need to Unlock your iPad and keep pressing for some time on the lock screen.
(Note: Swipe down from the top to drag the Notification panel and do a long press on the lock screen wallpaper if you have an iPad with Touch ID.)
- Press the Customize button at the bottom to tweak the lock screen. Or tap on the “+” icon to create a new lock screen.
- Then, click on the Lock Screen window. Home screen and Lock Screen on iPad.
- Next, tap the Add Widget button under the clock in portrait orientation to bring up the widgets panel and add widgets to the iPad lock screen in portrait mode.
- For the other orientation, which is the landscape orientation, you need to tap on the Add Widget button in the rectangular box to the left.
- Then after adding widgets to the iPad lock screen in landscape mode. You will view a list of suggested widgets at the top of the widgets panel, followed by the list of apps for which you can add widgets on the lock screen.
- Then, you must select the preferred Widget and click on it to add it to the iPad’s lock screen.
- To place your widgets in the proper place, you can drag and place a widget on the lock screen.
- Now you successfully add widgets to the lock screen on your iPad.
How Do Lock Screen Widgets Work on iPad?
Earlier, it was available only to iPhone users; Apple now also allows you to add your favorite app widgets to the iPad lock screen in portrait and landscape orientations. You can also track your real-time steps, view live cricket scores, and check out the latest weather conditions.
Besides adding widgets, Apple has also included support for Live Activities to the iPad, which can display live information like cricket match or football match scores or the time until your booked Uber driver arrives in a notification tile on the lock screen.
Places Where You Can Add Widgets
- You can easily set a widget on your iPad’s Home Screen.
- You can also add the Widget to “Today View” by accessing the screen by swiping right on the Screen.
- Adding a widget just below the clock on Lock Screen in portrait orientation
- You may also include a widget on the Left side area of the Lock Screen in landscape orientation.
- Above the clock on iPad Lock Screen, a widget can be included in either orientation.
Use Lock Screen widgets on iPad.
The main function of the Widget is to give you quick information at a glance. For example, the Widget – batteries on the Lock Screen of your iPad can display the remaining charge of your Apple Pencil or AirPods.
With that said, iPadOS 17 and iOS 17 have introduced a lot of interactive widgets, which let you interact with them without even opening the app. For instance, you can click the Play button on the Music app widget, and it will begin to play that song without even taking you to the Music app.
However, the Lock Screen widgets are not interactive, so clicking or tapping on them will take you inside that respective app. For example, clicking the temperature widget will directly take you to the Weather app. Similarly, clicking on the events Widget will take you to the Calendar app.
Remove Widgets From Your Ipad Lock Screen.
- The first step is to Tap any one of the added widgets.
- Next, Tap on the iPad Lock Screen widget area.
- Then, click on X for the Widget you want to remove. You can repeat this to get rid of all added widgets.
- Next, click on X, placed next to the Search Widgets box.
- The last step is to tap the Done button, followed by the Lock Screen tile to exit the editing screen.
Widgets From other Apps Can Be Added.
- Additionally, several third-party programs offer widgets. Updated widgets for iPadOS 14 and later operate in the same way as native widgets for the iPad.
- You can still use a widget from an un-updated app, but the Widget will act differently. Widgets that haven’t been updated can be used as follows:
- To display Today View on your Home Screen, swipe to the right.
- Press and hold a space in Today View until you see the widgets wiggle.
- Tap Customise after swiping down from the top of the Today View.
- Tap the Add button for each app widget you want to add.
- Click Done. At Today View’s base is a section with the widgets you chose.
Your Widgets, Customize
- You can alter the content of some widgets:
- The quick actions menu will appear when you touch and hold a widget.
- Click Edit Widget.
- Once you’ve made your modifications, tap outside the Widget.
- Reposition your widgets.
- To make a widget jiggle, touch and hold it.
- Place the Widget where you want it by moving it.
- Apps and other widgets on your Home Screen move around to make room for the Widget as you move it.
Removing a widget
- Hold the Widget in your hands.
- Tap Remove Widget, then again to confirm your selection.
Separate Sets Of Widgets For Ipad In Landscape And Portrait Orientations
The Lock Screen on iPhone is always in portrait orientation; thus, a single set of widgets do the job. The Lock Screen, which is on an iPad, can be rotated to both orientations – portrait orientation and landscape orientation. For that reason, you can include two sets of widgets.
Like the iPhone, you can add up to four small widgets (two big widgets or one big & two small widgets) to your iPad Lock Screen in portrait orientation.
But when using your iPad in landscape orientation, you get the whole left side area at your disposal, and you can include more than one or multiple widgets until the left edge of the screen is full.