December 7, 2023

Widgets are not any strangers to macOS customers. First launched with Mojave in 2018, Apple has revamped this piece of software program so customers can at all times have useful info with macOS Sonoma. Through the WWDC 2023 keynote, Apple introduced that widgets may now be organized wherever on the desktop in macOS Sonoma. The announcement got here alongside Apple’s iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 updates.

Apple has put a whole lot of effort into this characteristic, though a couple of important apps, reminiscent of Apple Music, nonetheless lack assist. Right here’s what you are able to do with widgets on macOS Sonoma:

  • Add widgets to your desktop: Place widgets in your desktop from the brand new widget gallery. And now you can play a podcast, flip off the lights, and extra – proper from a widget;
  • Entry iPhone widgets on Mac: With Continuity, you may add your iPhone widgets to your desktop with out having to put in the corresponding apps in your Mac;
  • Widgets fade for higher focus: Once you open an app or window or use Stage Supervisor, widgets fade into the background so you may focus on the style at hand. Swap your wallpaper, and the colour of the widgets immediately adapts.

Now that you already know what widgets on macOS Sonoma are able to, right here’s methods to use them.

You’ll be able to even add widgets for apps not obtainable on Mac. Picture supply: José Adorno for bGR

In your Mac with macOS Sonoma downloaded, click on in your calendar within the prime proper nook. From there, faucet “Edit widgets,” so your widget gallery unveils.

You’ll be able to add widgets to the Notification Heart or wherever in your desktop. Personally, I favor them on the precise nook, as I goal for a clear Dwelling Display screen. When you have numerous Dwelling customizations or Shortcuts, these are positively some choices to select from.

I favor having the climate, Discover My Mates, inventory, and batteries at all times obtainable. Nonetheless, I may add different widgets, reminiscent of Gentler Streak, solely for iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad, to verify my health standing for the day.

Mainly, any iPhone or iPad app providing widget assist might be added to your Mac. Sadly, I nonetheless don’t perceive why Apple Music isn’t obtainable, primarily as a result of Apple added interactive widgets with this newest replace, letting customers play/pause a music proper from the iPhone Dwelling Display screen. Perhaps with a future macOS replace.

How do you want this characteristic? Do you may have a most well-liked widget? Ship me a message on Threads or at [email protected].