You can finally customize your iPhone's home screen in iOS 14 — and people are flocking to Pinterest for ideas (AAPL, PINS)
Summary List PlacementApple's iOS 14 update finally lets iPhone owners personalize that static grid of icons on their smartphone's home screen with customizable widgets. And iPhone users have wasted no time seeking inspiration on Pinterest, as data from app analytics firms has shown in recent days. Pinterest broke its daily download records on September 21 — five days after iOS 14 launched — with 616,000 installs, app tracker Apptopia reported according to TechCrunch. Sensor Tower also showed a spike in Pinterest downloads, saying that the app surpassed its record on September 20 with about 800,000 installs worldwide on iOS and Android, the TechCrunch report says. Data from App Annie, another app analytics firm, also indicates that Pinterest rose to the top of the iOS App Store charts around that time. Its findings show that Pinterest moved from the 43rd spot in Apple's App Store rankings on September 17 to 29th on September 18, before jumping to the 7th spot on September 19. Pinterest now ranks 8th when it comes to free apps in the iOS App Store, according to App Annie. The No. 1 spot is occupied by Widgetsmith, an app that offers widgets for iOS 14. Pinterest also confirmed to TechCrunch that the surge hasn't been caused by a paid campaign. It told the outlet that the app is experiencing organic boosts in both downloads and iOS 14 related searches. Since iOS 14 launched on September 16, iPhone owners have been sharing their revamped home screens.
Ily iOS 14 🤍 #homescreen #ios14homescreen #ios14 pic.twitter.com/dpUqwclwDu — Melody Hancock (@shawty_a_melody) September 23, 2020 This iOS 14 feature is the best. My home screen is so smooth and clean. Thank You, @Apple . pic.twitter.com/77LizHqdtt — Carlos Henrique (@CarlosH75354938) September 23, 2020 Day 6️⃣5️⃣ - Now that I’ve accomplished what I set out to do, finding it hard to keep at it. Need a new challenge 🙇♂️ In love with all the new widgets I’ve come across in iOS 14. Built a custom receipt shortcut today to stack with @DebitCreditApp on my Home Screen #100DaysOfNoCode pic.twitter.com/p53LLfsirs — Tyler Keating⚡️ (@tyIerkeating) September 23, 2020
Widgets are essentially dynamic app icons that show information like the weather, upcoming calendar events, progress toward your activity goals, photos from your image library, and more. Android has offered widgets for years, but Apple only previously offered widgets on the iPhone's "Today" view, which can be accessed by swiping to the left of the home screen. Apple's iOS 14 update represents the first time users can add widgets to their iPhone's main home screen, finally enabling iPhone owners to customize what they see on that primary section of the iPhone's user interface. Widgets have also gotten a makeover in iOS 14, enabling them to show more information at a glance and allow for additional tweaks when it comes to their size, shape, and appearance. But that's not the only way Apple is changing the home screen in iOS 14. The company also introduced the App Library, a screen that includes curated folders organizing all of your apps by category. Apple unveiled iOS 14 at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June before officially launching the update on September 16. To update to iOS 14, back up your iPhone, open the Settings menu, tap "General," and choose "Software Update." SEE ALSO: Apple may announce 4 new iPhones next month — here are 3 features we'd love for Apple to include Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
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Summary List PlacementFor several years, the iPad has had a screen called "Today View," which lets...Summary List PlacementFor several years, the iPad has had a screen called "Today View," which lets you view and use all sorts of widgets. But starting with iPadOS 14, you can now move those widgets to your home screen. When your iPad is in landscape mode, Today View now lives on the left side of your home screen's first page. If the iPad is in portrait mode, you can see the Today View and its widgets by swiping to the right. Through the Today View, iPadOS 14 now lets you add widgets to your home screen. Here's how. How to add widgets to your iPad's home screen Before anything, hold your iPhone in landscape mode. 1. Make sure you're on the home screen – swipe until you're on the first, right-most screen. 2. Tap and hold any blank spot on the home screen until the app icons and folders start to jiggle. 3. Tap the plus sign at the top-left of the screen, above the Today View. You should see the list of widgets pop up to the right of the Today View. 4. To pin a widget to the top of the Today View, drag it from the widget pop-up to the gray square at the top of the Today View. To add more, tap the plus sign again to re-open the widgets pop-up and repeat. 5. To add a widget to the bottom of the Today View, tap the widget you want and then tap "Add Widget." Note that you have a choice of what size you want the widget to be when you do it this way. It's not permanently stuck at the bottom — see the next section to find out how to rearrange widgets. 6. When you're finished adding widgets, tap "Done" in the upper-right corner of the screen. How to remove or rearrange widgets on the iPad's home screen Once you've added some widgets, they're easy to rearrange — and even delete, if you want to get rid of them. 1. Tap and hold any blank spot on the home page until the app icons and folders start to jiggle. 2. To move a widget around in the Today View, just hold your finger on it, and then drag it to the position where you want it. Sometimes widgets can be a little finicky, so drag carefully, and know that you might need to try again if it doesn't go where you expect. 3. To delete a widget from the Today View, tap the minus sign at the top left of the widget and then tap "Remove." It'll still be in the widgets pop-up, so you can always add it back again later. How to customize a widget Some widgets can be modified after you add them to the Today View. To do that, tap and hold a widget until the pop-up menu appears. Depending upon the widget, you will see various options. Generally, the only options will be to "Edit Home Screen" (which simply lets you move them around) or "Remove Widget," which deletes it. But some widgets, like Weather, have an "Edit Widget" menu option. In the case of Weather, for example, you can specify what cities you want to see the weather in. There's also a special kind of widget called a Smart Stack. A Smart Stack is just a collection of different widgets that share the same space, and you can flip through them with a swipe. You'll see a menu option called "Edit Stack" for Smart Stacks. If you choose this, you can rearrange and remove widgets from the stack. For more details, read our article, "How to add a smart stack to your iPhone's home screen with iOS 14, and get a revolving window of useful apps." Related coverage from Tech Reference: How to lock your iPad with a passcode, fingerprint, or facial scan, and make it nearly impenetrable to strangers How to tell which version of iPadOS you have and make sure your software is up-to-date 'Why is my iPad screen black?': 3 ways to troubleshoot your iPad if the screen is unresponsive How to change or reset your iPad's passcode, even if you don't remember what the passcode is How to set up and activate an iPad in 2 different ways SEE ALSO: The best iPad cases Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
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