How to use Google widgets for work on an iPad

Set up Google widgets on iPad or iPhone to show knowledge, search or entry gadgets with a faucet.

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With the discharge of iPadOS 15 on Sept. 20, 2021, widgets now work each on iPhone and iPad. Constructed-in app widgets show data equivalent to current electronic mail (Mail), upcoming conferences (Calendar) or the present time in as much as 4 time zones (Clock).

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Individuals who use Google Workspace and different Google apps on iPad additionally might discover it useful so as to add Google app widgets to a house display screen (Determine A). As of late September 2021, some work-related Google apps that provide widgets embody: 

  • Chrome (3 widgets) for entry to look, an incognito browser, voice search and a QR code scanner, 
  • Drive for entry to look and both prompt recordsdata or digital camera and add choices,
  • Gmail for entry to look, compose (new electronic mail) and your inbox,
  • Google (2 widgets) for entry to look, voice search, an incognito browser and Google Lens,
  • Google Calendar (3 widgets) for upcoming occasions, 
  • Google Maps (2 widgets), for show of your present location with site visitors indicators, or for entry to look and numerous close by areas,
  • Google Photographs (3 widgets) for entry to prompt photographs,
  • Duties (2 widgets) to show duties from a particular checklist, and
  • Voice to show prompt contacts to name.

Determine A

Screenshot of iPad in landscape orientation, with ten widgets from various Google apps displayed.

Google supplies widgets for a number of apps on iPad together with (high row, from left) Gmail, Chrome, Maps, (center, from left) Drive, Google search, Maps, Photographs, (backside, from left) Calendar, Duties and Voice.

Earlier than you possibly can add a widget, be sure you have the corresponding app put in (e.g., set up the Google Calendar app so as to have the ability to set up a Google Calendar widget). Additionally be sure you’ve opened the app and signed in to your Google account. In my expertise, it might take a couple of minutes after you put in an app and register to it for the widget to be out there.

Find out how to add a widget

In any empty portion of an iPadOS (or iPhone) residence display screen, faucet and maintain till a + image shows within the higher left nook of the display screen (Determine B). Faucet + to entry the widget gallery. 

Determine B

Screenshot of iPad with app/widget edit mode active and + displayed in the upper left and circled.

In an empty portion of a house display screen, faucet and maintain till the + shows within the higher left. Faucet + to entry the widget gallery.

Scroll the checklist of obtainable widgets (as proven in Determine C, alongside the left aspect of the display screen), then faucet the identify of the app widget you need to set up. Word that the names listed above are the phrases that show within the checklist of widgets once you go so as to add a widget on an iPad. In different phrases, the Google Drive app widget is listed as Drive, not Google Drive. Equally, Chrome is listed as Chrome, moderately than Google Chrome.

Determine C

Screenshot of Widget Gallery, with Google Calendar tapped, and one small square widget displayed. Three dots below the widget indicate that two other Calendar widgets are available. + Add widget button below the three dots.

All widgets are listed alongside the left aspect of the widget gallery. Faucet on an app identify to show out there widgets for that app, as proven right here.

Some apps provide a couple of widget possibility (Determine D). When two or three widgets can be found, they usually fluctuate by dimension: A small sq., a medium dimension rectangular or a big sq.. Swipe to the aspect to show out there widgets. Whereas one the display screen for the widget you need to add, faucet +Add widget. The widget shall be added to your house display screen.

Determine D

Three Google Calendar widget images: (left) small square, with one meeting displayed, (middle) larger rectangular share with one meeting displayed, (right) rectangular widget with month displayed to the left of one meeting listed.

Some apps provide a couple of widget, as proven right here. Swipe left/proper to show out there choices. So as to add a widget, choose + Add Widget.

Word that you could be set up widgets greater than as soon as. For instance, you may set up the Drive widget on two totally different residence screens. 

Find out how to transfer a widget

Faucet and maintain on a widget till a menu of choices shows. At this level, you might drag the widget to reposition it, both in your present residence display screen or drag it to the proper or left to maneuver it to a different residence display screen. As soon as the widget is positioned the place you need it, carry your finger.

Find out how to edit a widget

As of September 2021, three of the Google widgets listed above–Gmail, Drive and Duties–could also be edited to show totally different knowledge. Faucet and maintain on a widget till the menu of choices shows, then choose Edit Widget for entry to out there choices (Determine E, left). Modify the choices as desired. For instance, you might set up a number of Process widgets, every configured to show a distinct checklist.

Determine E

Three screenshots: (left) Task widget with three menu options displayed (Remove Widget, Edit Home Screen, and Edit Widget) and Edit Widget circled; (middle) Task List option with My Tasks list circled; (right) Several other tasks lists displayed and available for selection (My Tasks, Inbox, Someday/maybe, Next Actions, Waiting for…, Projects).

You possibly can configure some widgets. Faucet and maintain on a widget to carry up the menu (left), then faucet Edit Widget to entry out there choices (center). On this instance, the Duties widget can show gadgets from any job checklist you choose (proper).

Find out how to take away a widget

Eradicating a widget works very similar to eradicating an app. Faucet and maintain on the widget you need to delete till menu choices show. Then faucet Take away Widget.

What’s your expertise?

I discover the Google Calendar and Duties widgets to be helpful. What Google widgets do you employ on iPhone or iPad? For the three widgets talked about above that provide various configurations, what settings do you discover useful? Are there different Google associated widgets you suggest? Let me know what you expertise with widgets has been on iPad and iPhone, both with a remark under or on Twitter (@awolber). 

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