Adding Widgets to Your Mac Desktop: A Step-by-Step Guide

With MacOS Sonoma, Apple has made it easier than ever to add widgets to your Mac’s desktop. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll walk you through the process of adding widgets, whether you’re a seasoned Mac user or new to the MacOS Sonoma experience.

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Getting Started With Widgets

Before we dive into the world of widgets, let’s make sure you have everything in place:

Accessing the Widgets Menu On Your Mac

Let’s begin by accessing the Widgets menu through the Notification Center on your Mac. This is where you can discover a wide array of widgets and add them to your desktop:

Adding Widgets from the Notification Center

  1. Click on the top-right corner of your screen to open the Notification Center.
  2. In the Notification Center, you’ll find an “Edit Widgets” button. Click on it to proceed.
  3. You’ll now see a list of available widgets. Scroll through and explore the options.
  4. Click on the widgets you want to add to your desktop. You can choose from widgets like weather updates, calendar events, news feeds, and more.
  5. Some widgets allow you to customize their appearance or content. Configure these settings according to your preferences.
  6. Once you’ve selected and configured your widgets, simply click “Done.” The selected widgets will now appear on your desktop.

Adding Widgets Directly from the Desktop

If you prefer a more direct approach to adding widgets, you can do it right from your desktop:

  1. Right-click on your Mac’s desktop.
  2. From the context menu, select “Edit Widgets…” to access the Widgets menu.
  3. Similar to the previous method, you can now choose your widgets from the available options.
  4. Customize your widgets as needed and click “Done” to add them to your desktop.

Accessing iPhone Widgets on Mac Desktop

MacOS 14 Sonoma introduces the exciting feature of accessing iPhone widgets directly on your Mac’s desktop:

  1. Open the System Settings app on your Mac and go to “Desktop & Dock.”
  2. Toggle on the “Use iPhone widgets” option if it’s not already enabled.
  3. Right-click on your desktop and click the “Edit Widgets…” option from the menu.
  4. Search for the app widget you use on your iPhone, select your preferred style, and click to add it to your Mac’s desktop.

Tips and Tricks for Maximizing Widget Usage

Widgets can do much more than you might think. Here are some tips and tricks to make the most of them:


Congratulations! You’ve mastered the art of adding widgets to your Mac desktop using MacOS Sonoma. Enjoy the convenience of having quick access to information, tasks, and more right on your desktop. Explore the possibilities, and make your Mac experience even more efficient with widgets.

Additional Resources

If you’d like to learn more about MacOS Sonoma, widgets, or other Mac-related topics, check out our related articles and resources. If you encounter any technical issues along the way, don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance or support.