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How to use Widget Stacks in iPadOS 15

With iPadOS 15, you can use widgets on any page of your Home Screen And with widget stacks, you can combine several widgets into one.

You can scroll vertically through the widgets in a stack, or you can turn on Smart Rotate to let iPadOS show you relevant widgets automatically. For example, you might see Calendar during the day to show your upcoming events, and Maps in the evening to show your commute time.

To create your own widget stacks:

° Touch and hold an empty area on your Home Screen or in Today View until the apps and widgets jiggle.

° Drag a widget on top of another widget of the same size. 

° Drag other widgets of the same size on top of the stack to add them. You can stack up to 10 widgets.

° Tap Done in the upper-right corner, or just tap your Home Screen.

How to Use a Smart Stack

A Smart Stack is an automatically selected collection of widgets that displays information based on factors like your location, activity, or time. The widgets in a Smart Stack rotate throughout the day to show the most relevant information. Here’s how to add a suggested Smart Stack:

° Touch and hold an empty area on your Home Screen, then tap the Add button when it appears in the upper-left corner.

° Select Smart Stack in the list on the left.

° Swipe left or right on the Smart Stack to choose a size, then tap Add Widget.

° Tap Done in the upper-right corner, or just tap your Home Screen.

How to edit a widget stack

° Touch and hold the widget stack.

° Tap Edit Stack. From here, you can reorder the widgets in the stack by dragging them up or down. 

You can also: 

° Turn on Smart Rotate if you want iPadOS to show you relevant widgets from your stack throughout the day. 

° Turn on Widget Suggestions to allow iPadOS to add widgets that you might find useful. 

° Tap the delete button on a widget to remove it from the stack.

Tap Done in the upper-right corner, or just tap your Home Screen.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple’s support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.

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