iOS 14’s Smart Stack makes your iPhone’s home screen actually useful. Here’s how to use it

iOS 14 brings quite a lot of refinements giant and small to iPhones, together with the flexibility to pin widgets to your house display and a characteristic known as Sensible Stack.

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One in all my favourite options added to the iPhone with the discharge of iOS 14 is the flexibility to place widgets on the house display. If you have not put in it but, you should get your iPhone ready, then download iOS 14. After that is performed, get able to have some enjoyable customizing your home screen, benefiting from a brand new pseudo app drawer known as App Library and experimenting with widgets anywhere on your home screen. Sure, iOS 14 is a lot like Android

Apple’s signature widget is known as Sensible Stack and it combines a number of app widgets that you could scroll by by yourself, or let your iPhone determine which app to point out you and when, primarily based on how you utilize your telephone. 

For instance, in the event you examine the climate after which your calendar very first thing within the morning, the Sensible Stack will possible embody each of these apps and routinely present you the forecast adopted by your agenda the primary time you unlock your iPhone within the morning. Then, in the event you routinely examine your Exercise stats after dinner, the stack will present you the Exercise widget round that point of day.

Here is the very best half — you do not have to go away the widget stacking to Apple. You may create your personal Sensible Stack, curating the included apps to your liking. Beneath we’ll stroll you thru tips on how to customise a stack. 

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The release of iOS 14 also means that developers can update their apps, adding new features specific to the update, like widgets. 

If you’ve updated your apps and read in the update notes that widget support has been added, but you don’t see the app listed when you try to add the widget, here’s what I’ve figured out. After updating the app, you need to open it before the widget will show up as an option. You don’t have to do anything special. Just let it fully load, and then you should see the widget as an option.

Create a custom Smart Stack just like you would an app folder

You don’t have to learn any new steps or techniques to build your own stack — if you’ve ever deleted an app or rearranged your home screen, you’re already a pro. If you haven’t, well, it’s still easy. 

Prior to iOS 14, you had to long-press on an app icon in order to activate the Edit Home Screen feature. That method is still available, but there’s a shortcut now:

1. Long-press on your display between the apps in the dock and the first row of apps on your home screen, like this:

You can now press on an app icon or any blank space on your screen to start editing your home screen. 

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2. Tap on the + icon in the top-left corner of the screen and then scroll through the list of available widgets. 

Locate one of the widgets you want to include in your personalized stack. You can either drag and drop the widget to your screen or tap on the + at the top of the screen.

Keep in mind, any widgets you add to a stack will need to be the same size, so you can’t have one small, two medium and three large widgets in your stack. Instead of tapping on the + icon to add a bunch of widgets to your screen before stacking them, I recommend dragging and dropping the widgets to your home screen directly from the widget picker. It saves you a step since you’re going to end up moving it yourself anyway, and it prevents the apps on your iPhone’s home screen from being arranged and then rearranged as your phone makes room for the widgets. 

Just keep stacking widgets until you’re happy. 

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3. Stacking widgets follows the same process as creating a folder for apps — drag one widget on top of another. 

Repeat that process, adding widgets until you’re happy with your creation. You can scroll through your stack at any time, or let your iPhone automatically switch for you. As far as I can tell right now, there’s no limit to how many widgets you can add to a stack. I found three or four to be the sweet spot — I was able to quickly scroll through them and find the information I wanted, without feeling it like was too much effort. 

Scroll through them on your own, or let your iPhone decide what you’ll see. 

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4. If you change your mind and want to remove a widget or change their order, long-press on the stack and then select Edit Stack from the popup menu. Change the order by dragging each widget’s name up or down. You can remove a widget by swiping to the left across the name to reveal the Delete button.

You can arrange or delete widgets with just a few taps. 

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If a widget can be further customized, like Apple’s Weather widget, which allows you to change the location used for the forecast, you can make changes by long-pressing on the specific widget and then selecting Edit [app name]

Fairly cool, proper? We have discovered plenty more features in iOS 14 we love so far, together with quite a few accessibility features which are going to be an enormous assist. Here is how one can prepare your iPhone before installing iOS 14.

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