The arrival of iPadOS 17 brings a novelty that until now was exclusive to iPhones, widgets on the lock screen.
With the arrival of the new Apple operating systems soon to be released you should prepare yourself if you have an iPad. A feature that is still exclusive at this time and will no longer be so on the iPhone is the widget support on lock screen. That is why We will teach you how to add and delete them as appropriate.. Best of all, by having two types of orientation, horizontal and vertical, you will be able to make the most of the space that Apple gives you to place them in iPadOS 17.
Two sets of widgets, depending on how you want to view it you will have a series of widgets
By default, the iPad has a vertical orientation, but it is now very common to use it horizontally. Those from Cupertino realized this situation and that’s why you have two different sets of widgetsthey will change when the orientation is reversed. In our opinion, horizontal mode is best used, now we are going to add them to the screen.
Note: If you do not have your device on iPadOS 17 (for now in beta) do not despair, we are just a few days away from Apple releasing the final version. Save this article and refer to it to make any necessary changes
Add widgets to your iPad lock screen
Follow the steps below to start adding the widgets to your lock screen. Remember that they are not interactive like those on the home screen.
- Activate your iPad screen and unlock it using Face ID or Touch ID as appropriate. Don’t swipe up, press and hold the screen and you’ll soon be able to personalize it.
You can also do this in Settings –> Wallpaper. Tap the lock screen thumbnail or add a new wallpaper to get started.
- Afterwards you can add the widgets just as it happens on the iPhone. If your current orientation is horizontal, Tap Add Widget which is to the left of your screen. If you are vertical, touch the corresponding button below the clock.
- Select the widgets you want according to availability. Native apps are present and third-party apps are added for compatibility.
- Once the widgets are added It is suggested that you change the orientation you are facing to add the second set of widgets. Repeat the process until complete.
- Leaving everything ready, you can close the floating window by clicking on the X. If it is no longer visible, tap Done finally.
Now you can enjoy a completely different view of the iPad lock screen. If you rotate the orientation you will see the two different sets of widgets. Swiping to enter Notification Center will also show you these, so they’re a great way to display information if you don’t want to completely unlock your device.
Delete widgets if you no longer want one or both sets
- Enter the lock screen as in the first steps above
- Tap the widget or widgets that you no longer want on the screen
- After Click on the X to delete that widget and the ones you want.
- Tap the X on the floating general widget window to exit
- Confirm Ready to prepare your new lock screen
It really is very simple and in just a few steps you can add or delete widgets.
What about interactive widgets?
This novelty is completely for iPadOS 17 and iOS 17 in order to interact with the apps without opening them in their entirety. If you touch any of the widgets on the lock screen it will not be the same, it is important to clarify again that it will take you to opening the full app. In the case of the information widget such as batteries they do not have any action.
This type of actions at Apple is applauded, Personalization has been its Achilles heel for many years. Little by little it has added customization touches to both the lock screen and the home screen.
While it is true that there are shortcuts that help you create icons to change them to the default ones (and not officially), those from Cupertino have a long way to go to be able to be customizable like the closest competition, which is Android. Many iOS or iPadOS users love it as it allows them to personalize their device in a minimalist and hassle-free way.