The iPhone gets powerful home screen widgets in iOS 14, but the iPad does not get the same powers with the iPad 14. Regardless: There is still a way to place widgets on your iPad home screen.
Apple may one day add the iPhone’s powerful home screen widgets to the iPad home screen in a future update to iPadOS. There is currently a solution: You can place the widgets in Today View and keep a widget area on your home screen in landscape mode. How to set it up.
First open “Settings” by tapping the gray gear icon.
In Settings, navigate to “Home screen and dock.” In the “App Icons” section, select a check mark next to the “More” option. (If “Larger” is selected, you will not be able to place Today View on your home screen.)
Then turn the switch next to “Hold the home screen today” to turn it on. This allows you to place widgets in Today View on your home screen.
Then go back to your home screen and make sure you are in landscape mode (with the longest dimension of iPad-oriented from left to right). You should see Today View on the left of the screen and app icons on the right.
Note that Today View widgets only appear on your home screen in landscape mode. If you switch to portrait mode, Today View disappears. (However, you can still reveal Today View with a quick swipe to the right.)
To add widgets to Today View, swipe up in the Today View area until you see the “Edit” button at the bottom of the screen. Push it.
The icons start to wiggle. To add a widget, press the plus (+) button in the upper left corner of the screen.
A widget selection panel appears on the right of the screen. This panel allows you to swipe and browse through a list of available widgets. When you find the widget you want to add, tap and drag it to the Today View section screen, then lift your finger.
While adding it, feel free to add several other widgets and arrange them however you like by dragging them around the screen with your finger. When done, tap “Done” in the upper right corner of the screen.
After that you are ready! You will see the home screen as usual again, and the widgets you configured in Today View will be where you expect them to be.
If you change your mind and want to delete some widgets, just click the “Edit” button at the bottom of Today View, then drag the widgets out of the Today View area. Have fun!
We hope that a future version of iPadOS will support iPhone-style widgets, so you can have a home screen full of widgets instead of app icons, if you wish. But for now, this is the best thing you can do.