How to Add Widgets to Your iPad Lock Screen (iPadOS 17)

With the introduction of iPadOS 17, Lock Screen widgets have arrived on the larger canvas of the iPad, offering enhanced functionality. Moreover, these widgets can be interactive, allowing you to perform various tasks even when your iPad is locked. These tasks encompass actions such as controlling Home devices, marking off Reminders, and managing music playback.

Adding widgets to your iPad Lock Screen

Incorporating widgets into your Lock Screen on iPadOS 17 closely parallels the process on the iPhone, albeit with some layout differences. This variance is due to the iPad’s unique ability to display Lock Screen widgets in both portrait and landscape orientations.


  • An iPad that supports this feature
  • iPadOS 17, scheduled for release on September 18th

Here’s a quick overview:

  1. Wake your iPad and press and hold the Lock Screen.
  2. Select “Customize.”
  3. Tap “Add Widgets.”
  4. Choose from the available options.
  5. Tap the “X” and then confirm with “Done.”

For a more detailed approach, follow these steps:

  1. Access the Lock Screen of your iPad without unlocking it.
  2. Tap and hold the screen.
  3. Click the “Customize” button that appears.
  4. Opt for “Lock Screen.”
  5. Tap “Add Widgets.”
  6. Select one of the suggested widgets or tap an app from the list to add a widget for that specific app.
  7. Choose your preferred widget style from the available options and tap it or drag it into the widget bar.
  8. Repeat these steps for any additional widgets you want to add.
  9. To remove a widget, tap the “X” icon in the top left corner of the widget.
  10. After adding all desired widgets, either close the widget selection window by tapping the “X” icon or by tapping anywhere outside of the window.
  11. Confirm by tapping “Done,” and your updated Lock Screen is saved.

Using Lock Screen widgets on iPad

Once you’ve added widgets to your Lock Screen, they’ll be readily accessible every time you wake your iPad without unlocking it.

  • Wake your iPad by tapping the screen or pressing the top button.
  • The widgets will be displayed on the Lock Screen without requiring an unlock.
  • To open the associated app, simply tap the widget (note that unlocking your iPad may be necessary).
  • Interactive widgets enable you to perform actions without launching the app or unlocking your iPad. For instance, with a Reminders widget, you can mark a Reminder as completed by tapping it within the widget.

Removing widgets from your iPad Lock Screen

  1. Begin by following the first step mentioned earlier to access the Lock Screen customization screen.
  2. Select one of the added widgets.
  3. Tap the “X” icon for the widget you wish to remove. Repeat this for each added widget you want to eliminate.
  4. Next, tap the “X” icon located next to the “Search Widgets” box.
  5. Finally, confirm by tapping “Done” and then the Lock Screen tile to exit the editing screen.

Check out next:

The Top New Features of iPadOS 17: Enhancing Your iPad Experience

iOS 17 and iPadOS 17: Problems, Bugs, and their Fixes

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