How to add widgets to Mac desktop (macOS Sonoma)

When it comes to customizing your Mac’s desktop, the latest macOS (macOS Sonoma) gives you plenty of options, and one such option is letting you add widgets to the desktop. Yes, you can now add the widgets to your Mac desktop to see information at a glance like we are using the Battery widget on iPhone.

And the best part is, alongside Apple’s Stock apps, you can also add your iPhone widgets, such as Instagram, Whatsapp, Facebook, Spotify, etc, on Mac using the Continuity Camera. Here is a complete guide on how to add a widget to Mac desktop.

Steps to Add Widgets to Mac Desktop

Here is how you can add and remove the widgets from your Mac desktop.

how to add widgets on mac

Before, widgets on Mac were available in the Notification Centre, but sometimes you might want to see information at a glance when you are using a Mac, now, from the macOS Sonoma, you can bring the widgets right in the view on the desktop. Here’s how.

1→ First, click on the Time next to the Control Center in the Menu bar. Click on Edit Widgets to open Widgets Gallery. 

Alternatively, you can right-click (Control + Click) anywhere on the desktop, and from the prompt menu, click on Edit Widgets…

3→ You will see All Widgets in the left sidebar. 

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move-widget-to-desktop

4→ Select the one. For instance, Click on Calendar. or Other Best Widgets for Mac Desktop.

5→ Now, on the right side of the same window, you will see the Calendar Widgets, such as Date, Month, Up Next, List, etc. 

6→ Drag and drop the desired Calendar Widget anywhere on your Mac’s Desktop > Done to Save.

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save-widget-on-desktop-screen-mac

That’s it.

In addition, We can change the Widget details, like changing the Default city in World Clock widget on a Mac desktop.

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edit-widget-details-on-mac-desktop

Or,

in case you want to add existing Widgets, you can directly drag and drop the Widget from Notification Center to your Mac Desktop.

How to Remove Widget from Mac Desktop

1→ First, click on the Time next to the Control Center in the Menu bar.

2→ Click on Edit Widgets.

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add-a-new-widget-on-mac-desktop

3→ Right after this, you will see Remove Option at the top right corner of the widget. 

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remove-widget-from-desktop-on-mac

4→ Click on Remove Icon on the desired widget.

How to access iPhone Widgets on Mac

If you have some amazing Widgets on your iPhone, now with the latest macOS, you can access it right on your Mac using Continuity, and that’s without installing those Widgets in Mac storage. 

Things you should know…

  • Continuity Camera feature should be enabled on your iPhone. Go to Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff > toggle to enable Continuity Camera. 
  • You must sign in with the same Apple ID on your iPhone & Mac.
  • Your iPhone must be nearby, or your Mac and iPhone should be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. 

1→ Go to Time next to the Control Center in the Menu bar.

2→ Select Edit Widgets.

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add-a-new-widget-on-mac-desktop

3→ Now in the Widgets Gallery, you will see From iPhone at the top right corner, click on it.

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add-widget-to-mac-desktop-from-iphone

4→ Select the one you want, for instance, Spotify.

5→ At last, drag and drop the Spotify Widget anywhere on your Mac’s Desktop.

Isn’t it cool!

How to rearrange Widgets Back in the Notification Center on Mac

If your Mac desktop seems cluttered right after adding widgets, fuss not, you can rearrange Widgets back in the Notification Center by following the steps below. 

1→ Go to Time next to the Control Center in the Menu bar.

2→ Click on Edit Widgets.

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add-a-new-widget-on-mac-desktop

3→ After this, drag and drop the desktop Widgets one by one in the Notification Center. 

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re-arrange-widget-on-desktop-mac

That’s It!

Final Thought!

Once you add the widgets, they won’t be distractive when working with apps. That’s because Widgets Fade for better focus. Yes, when you use apps on your Mac, Widgets fade in the background to let you concentrate on your Task. 

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Karly Wood

Karly Wood, a Wellington-based journalist, excels in covering Apple and tech trends. With a diverse background in public safety, government, and education reporting, her insights bridge multiple disciplines, offering readers a well-rounded perspective on today's technological advancements. Contact Her Team:- jaysukh.pharma@gmail.com [OR] admin@howtoisolve.com

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