iOS 14: How to create a smart stack widget yourself – Works for iPadOS 14 too

Doesn’t like with the default Smart Stack widget that comes with iOS 14? You can create Smart Stack widget yourself with this simple trick.

Have you upgraded to iOS 14? Depends on when you read this article, but as of today, Apple has released iOS 14 to the masses – though with a caveat, check it out here to get iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 for your iOS compatible device.

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Apple iOS 14 – Looks brand new. Feels like home. Image courtesy of Apple.com

One of the key features and differentiator between iOS 14 and all iOS before it is that the ability to use widget at home screen and one of the widget – I can say the coolest one so far – is the Smart Stack widget.

However, if you are like me, the default Smart Stack widget from Apple, as it turns out, is not so smart. That’s because the Smart Stack widget includes things that I find it boring or I don’t like to see (such as Notes, Stocks). In case you are in the similar situation like me, I’ve got the workaround for you!

How to create a Smart Stack Widget on your own on iOS 14

It is as simple as add widget, stack them, repeat.

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Tap “+ Add Widget” to add this widget to iOS 14 Home Screen

1) Add widget to Home screen. Add widget you like to be in your Smart Stack to the home screen. In case you don’t know or having difficulties in adding widget, do check here for the step by step tutorial.

2) Repeat step #1 to add another widgets you want to see in your own built Smart Stack widget. One thing to note, they have to be in the same size. So if you are trying to build a small Smart Stack widget, ensure all the widgets are in small sizes.

3) Stack them together. Now here’s the trick. Enable jiggle mode by long pressing any icons on iOS Home screen until the icons are jiggling. Then tap one of the widget you have added into iOS Home screen, then drag and move it to another widget of the same size and release it on top of the widget.

4) Repeat step #3 for other widgets you want to add as your own built of Smart Stack widget.

Ta-da! You have just made your own Smart Stack widget. Congratulations!

If the steps above doesn’t really clear for you, have a look at the video I made.

How to create your own Smart Stack Widget on iOS 14

In case you are having any difficulties, don’t hesitate to post a question on the comment section down below. I’ll be gladly help. Cheers!


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