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macOS Sonoma brings Mac widgets to your desktop – here’s how to use them

Published Oct 13th, 2023 1:45PM EDT
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Widgets are no strangers to macOS users. First introduced with Mojave in 2018, Apple has revamped this piece of software so users can always have helpful information with macOS Sonoma. During the WWDC 2023 keynote, Apple announced that widgets could now be arranged anywhere on the desktop in macOS Sonoma. The announcement came alongside Apple’s iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 updates.

Apple has put a lot of effort into this feature, even though a few essential apps, such as Apple Music, still lack support. Here’s what you can do with widgets on macOS Sonoma:

  • Add widgets to your desktop: Place widgets on your desktop from the new widget gallery. And you can now play a podcast, turn off the lights, and more – right from a widget;
  • Access iPhone widgets on Mac: With Continuity, you can add your iPhone widgets to your desktop without having to install the corresponding apps on your Mac;
  • Widgets fade for better focus: When you open an app or window or use Stage Manager, widgets fade into the background so you can concentrate on the taste at hand. Switch your wallpaper, and the color of the widgets instantly adapts.

Now that you know what widgets on macOS Sonoma are capable of, here’s how to use them.

How to use widgets on macOS Sonoma

You can even add widgets for apps not available on Mac. Image source: José Adorno for bGR

On your Mac with macOS Sonoma downloaded, click on your calendar in the top right corner. From there, tap “Edit widgets,” so your widget gallery unveils.

You can add widgets to the Notification Center or anywhere on your desktop. Personally, I prefer them on the right corner, as I aim for a clean Home Screen. If you have lots of Home customizations or Shortcuts, these are definitely some options to choose from.

I prefer having the weather, Find My Friends, stock, and batteries always available. Still, I could add other widgets, such as Gentler Streak, exclusively for iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad, to check my fitness status for the day.

Basically, any iPhone or iPad app offering widget support can be added to your Mac. Unfortunately, I still don’t understand why Apple Music isn’t available, mainly because Apple added interactive widgets with this latest update, letting users play/pause a song right from the iPhone Home Screen. Maybe with a future macOS update.

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José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.

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