No, widgets haven’t been removed from iOS 10’s Notification Center

By , Jun 16, 2016

ios 10 widgets in notification center

Widgets are a big deal in iOS 10. In addition to having new capabilities such as increased support for 3D Touch and the ability to play—and even stream—video inline, they now have a dedicated side panel on the Lock screen. Now, some people have voiced concerns about widgets having been removed entirely from the Notification Center on iOS 10.

Luckily, that’s not entirely true.

This is a short video I recorded to show how when you are inside an application, widgets are still available inside of Notification Center. It is just when you are on your Home screen that widgets have been moved to Home screen 0.

Unfortunately, getting to widgets inside the Notification Center by swiping anywhere from left to right over notifications isn’t possible.

Swiping over an empty area will do the trick, but this method can be quite problematic on an iPhone with a Notification Center choke full of missed alerts.

The best way to get to widgets involves swiping to the right across the Missed heading at the top of the Notification Center.

This, too, isn’t very user-friendly. That being said, we shouldn’t be harsh on Apple because this is the first beta of iOS 10. With subsequent betas, omissions like this one will be addressed.

So now that we know widgets are still available while working in other apps, how do you feel about their new location on Home screen 0? Would you prefer if the widgets always stayed within the Notification Center like in the past, or do you like them docked on the leftmost Home screen?

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  • Brandon Higgins

    Thank you!!!

  • Quilliv

    Just want a jb no iOS 10

  • zebonaut

    Need a quicker way to get to widgets on screen zero; if you are on say page 5 of the phone and not in an app. Maybe a double click of the home button

    • Storm

      Pressing the home button once will take you to screen 1 from any other screen, and then one swipe will get you to the widgets.

    • Click Home button once to get from any Home screen to the first one, then swipe to get to Home screen zero

      • Robin

        It would ofcourse still be handy to have access to certain widget features from within an app without leaving the app by pressing the Home button. It’s nice that the widgets can still be accessed via NC but I don’t like it that it takes an extra step to see them. It would also be great to have an option to reduce the size of time/date size and/or remove it completely (or see it in your top bar where it shows your cell connection.

    • 3D Touching an app on the home screen shows you the associated widget for that app and other contextual information below it. That is another way to get instant access to a widget on “screen zero”

      • Robin

        Is that your idea or is this really in the beta 10.0 version? Unfortunately I don’t have iDevices with 3D Touch so I would have to use the regular ways to see the widgets.

  • Makes sense but not entirely. Widgets need to be accessible from Home Screen 2, 3, 4, etc. Having to swipe all the way to Home Screen 0 from Home Screen 10 just to get to widgets is dumb.

  • iltas

    Im n ios 9.3.2 can i update My 6s+ to ios 10
    I hear that many apps goes to crashed in ios 10 is it true

    • Digitalfeind

      It’s a beta so yes. Apps need to be updated for iOS ten. That’s why they have beta versions.

  • I actually hope they take the widgets out of the app view. Since all the notifications react to swiping it’s a terrible design choice to set it up like this and I find myself having to stop and look for a spot on my screen that I can use to swipe over to see the widgets.

    My thought is that if I’m doing one thing and a notification comes in that’s one thing. I can quickly address it without leaving the app I’m already in. But if I am the one changing gears to look up a flight or a package or something I’m already not thinking about the app in front of me I can close it and open the widgets and resume when I’m done. Maybe Apple will figure this out in the future but for now it doesn’t make sense to me as anything that I need.

    • Robin

      I absolutely agree with you. I would like to have instant access to a widget from an app or homescreen or lockscreen. I do like it that you can still get to widgets in NC from within an app only unfortunately but the extra step to seem them in NC doesn’t make sense indeed.

  • Sohail Wahab

    Universal search is just awesome, now playing your favorite music without even opening music app is awesome niggzzz

  • Abhijeet Gupta

    What about the new emojis ? Included ?

  • ericesque

    IMO, it’s a cluster. It’s been a cluster. And it gets worse with every version. You’ve got swipe up for control center, and now horizontal swipe on control center to get to more controls. You’ve got tug to search on the home screen. Or page zero to search. You’ve got swipe right to get to widgets on the lockscreen but they aren’t available in notification center when locked. Then notification center with widgets elsewhere… And now with 3D Touch, swipe right from the home screen could give you widgets or it could give you multitasking depending on how hard you press! It all smacks of design by committee. It’s the same problem I have with Windows. Nobody has enough oversight to say, look, we’ve got too many ways to do the same thing and not enough consistency for users to rely on.

    • robrecord

      Maybe you just haven’t got use to it yet. Feels intuitive to me.

  • robrecord

    Just swipe from the left edge.