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Since the iPhone was first released to the world in 2007, its home screen has seen few changes. Sure, there have been redesigned icons and new apps along the way. However, all of that changes with the release of iOS 14, as the icon-only grid is no more. With iOS 14, widgets are reborn in a more dynamic and much more useful way. The best part is that they can be added anywhere on your home screen and in three different sizes. Here’s how to get started with widgets on your iPhone.

How to Add Widgets

In just a short amount of time, widgets have already proven incredibly useful for iOS 14 users. Let’s start with the basics of adding widgets to your iPhone screen:

1. Touch and hold an empty area on your home screen until your apps start jiggling.

2. When you see the “+” sign in the upper-left corner appear, press on it to bring up a menu of existing widgets already installed on your phone.

3. Tap on the widget you want to add. When you select the widget, you can scroll right to see all of the available sizes. The larger the widget, the more info it shows.

4. When you make your choice in size, tap on “Add Widget” at the bottom of the screen.

5. The widget will be added to your home screen. You now have an opportunity to move the widget around on your primary home screen or another page of apps.

How to Create a Widget Stack

Along with individual widgets, iOS 14 also allows you to create a “widget stack” on your home screen. These are exactly what they sound like with a group of scrollable widgets stacked one on top of another.

To create a widget stack:

1. Follow the steps above to create at least two widgets on your home screen. You can stack as many as ten widgets in total.

2. Long press the widget until you can move it around the screen, then place it on top of another widget. Note that in order for this to work properly, widgets must be the same size and shape to stack.

3. Once stacked, swipe up and down on the available widgets to see them all.

How to Create a Smart Stack.

Similar to widget stacks, Apple has included a feature called “Smart Stacks” that are automatically chosen based on your location, apps you frequently use or time of day. iOS 14 already comes with a pre-built Smart Stack so your work will look very similar to that when finished.

To create a smart stack:

1. Touch any area of your home screen until the apps jiggle and then hit the “+” button in the upper right corner.

2. Scroll down until you see the widget labeled “Smart Stack”.

4. After the smart stack is added to your home screen, you can re-order or remove apps you do not want. Just long press on the stack anywhere and select “Edit Stack”. You can also toggle “Smart Rotate” on to have the app automatically adjust according to time of day or when the iPhone believes you will want to see a specific app.

How to Remove Widgets

Removing widgets could not be any easier. Enter jiggle mode by keeping your finger on the widget or stack you want to remove, then tap on “Remove Widget.” It’s that simple. If you want to re-add the widget or delete it accidentally, just follow the steps above.

How to Add “Today View” Widgets

“Today View” widgets have been around since iOS 10, and looking back, was the first glimpse at what iOS 14 would bring to the table. To locate Today View, swipe left on your lock screen where you will see several widgets installed by default. To personalize this space:

1. Scroll to the bottom of your Today View screen and tap edit. If the apps start jiggling, you are ready for the next step.

2. Start adding widgets by pressing the “+” button in the upper-left corner.

3. Scroll down to select a widget and then choose from any of the three default sizes. Tap “Add Widget,” and it will be added to the screen.

4. To remove or re-add previous widgets to the lock screen, scroll down while the apps are jiggling. The last set of widgets should be in a dark gray box labeled “customize,” Tap on it.

What You Can Do with Widgets

Widgets on iOS 14 are still in their infancy, but there is no question that app developers are finding new ways to personalize them every day. Apps like Widgeridoo, WidgetWizard and Widgetsmith will help create personalized widgets that can include any number of informational pieces including calendars, steps, time of day, weather and more. There are widgets for weather, email, news, Reddit sports and so much more.

There is no question that with iOS 14, the home screen is exciting again. Do also check out some of the useful widgets for the control center or the best widgets you can add to your homescreen.

David Joz

David is a freelance tech writer with over 15 years of experience in the tech industry. He loves all things Nintendo.

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How To Add File/Folder Shortcut To Android Home Screen


Android home screen is customizable to the T. You can place apps, create folders for apps and widgets, and even app shortcuts. However, unlike desktop OS, you cannot add shortcuts to your files and folders on the home screen for quick access by default. But, there are a couple of third-party apps to achieve the same functionality. Also, both the methods we share work on all the Android OEMs and also launchers that support app shortcuts.

Add File/Folder Shortcut to Android Home Screen With 3rd-Party App

You can do this by using the Shortcut Maker app. It allows you to create a shortcut for any file and folder on your phone. Also, the app comes with its own light file manager. So it should work irrespective of what file manager you are using as default on your Android smartphone.

1. To get started, install Shortcut Maker from the Play Store.

2. Then open the app and select the Files option if you like to add files on the home screen, or select the Folders option to add folders.

3. It will open the default file manager that came installed with your phone. Select the file or folder that you want to add to the home screen.

4. Once selected, you see an option to edit the shortcut before adding. Here you should see the preview of the shortcut icon that’s being added. Tap on the Try this Shortcut button to preview the file you will be adding to the home screen.

5. Tap on the Edit Label option to change the name of the shortcut. In the pop-up, you can enter the name or choose to hide the label altogether.

6. Tap on the Icon option to customize it if you want to. Otherwise, a default file/folder icon will be used instead. You can always update it later.

7. Then tap on the Open with option. If you are adding a file shortcut, you should see all the apps that can open the file. Select a default app that you want to open the file in.

Note: If you are adding a folder shortcut, Shortcut Maker will open the folder with its own mini file manager built-in. You cannot select the file manager to open the folder shortcut.

8. Then you can enable the checkmark beside the Shortcut Lock if you like to lock the shortcut with a fingerprint, pin, or pattern lock.

10. Once everything is set up, tap on the Create shortcut button. Then in the pop-up, tap on Add automatically to confirm.

That’s it, you have successfully added the file or folder shortcut on your Android phone’s home screen. The shortcut created will have the shortcut maker icon on top of it but you can remove it too.

1. To do that, long press the home screen and select the Widgets option.

2. Then long-press on the Shortcut Maker widget and add it to the home screen.

3. It will open the Shortcut Maker app. Now follow the steps just like before and tap on the Create Shortcut button.

Now instead of adding it as a shortcut, add it like a widget so you will have no app icon on the shortcut created.

Add File/Folder Shortcut using File Manager

While the Shortcut Maker app is great and provides new ways to customize, it is a bit of a lengthy process and also an additional app to install. Some file managers have this functionality built like the Solid File Explorer. You can check if the file manager you use has the feature or not. The steps should be more or less similar.

1. Install and open Solid File Explorer and navigate to the file or folder that you want to add as a shortcut to the Android home screen.

2. Long-press on the file or folder, then tap on the kebab menu (three-dot icon) at the bottom right corner.

3. In the menu, select Create Shortcut option and then tap on the Add automatically in the pop-up to create a shortcut for that file or a folder.

However, you cannot lock the shortcut icon, change name, or icon with Solid Explorer. Also, all the shortcuts will have a solid explorer icon on them and there is no way to remove it. It’s a good file manager and free but more of an all-rounder than an app created for a specific purpose.

Add Google Drive File/Folder Shortcut to Android Home Screen

Both the previous methods will help you to add shortcuts to files and folders of local storage. But with the help of the same Shortcut Maker app, we can also create shortcuts for files and folders of Google Drive.

1. Open the Shortcut Maker app and select the In-App option.

2. Now select the Drive Shortcut from the list.

3. Then navigate to Google Drive to select the folder or file you want to place a shortcut of on the home screen. Once done, tap on the Select option below. You will be redirected to the shortcut customization page where you can edit the name, and icon and also add a lock if you wanted.

5. Once done, tap on Create shortcut and then select Add automatically option in the pop-up to add Google Drive file to the home screen.

Files and Folders on Android Home Screen

The Shortcut Maker app is all that you need to get the feature on your Android device. The app comes with its own file manager, so it works with all Android phones irrespective of your default file manager. Along with files and folders, you can use the app to create shortcuts for activities, contacts, websites, and so much more. A cool feature is the ability to create split shortcuts so that you can launch two apps with one tap easily.

An example of a split shortcut can be notes and reminders app or a to-do and project management app.

How To Show Battery Percentage On Your Iphone Home Screen

iOS 14 has opened up a new world of customizations for iPhone and iPad users offering users the ability to color icons, customize icons, create widgets, and make cool home screens with ease. Among these customizable options is being greeted with the battery percentage of your iPhone neatly on your home screen.

In this post, we’ll help you figure out how you can make your iPhone home screen show the battery percentage.

Note: Before you proceed through this guide, make sure your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS – iOS 14. 

How to show your iPhone’s battery percentage on the home screen

To be able to show your iPhone’s battery percentage on the home screen, first unlock your iPhone and then tap and hold on an empty space on the home screen till you go into jiggle mode. Jiggle mode is when the apps and widgets on your home screen begin to jiggle, indicating that you can start to customize. When Jiggle mode is enabled, tap on the Plus icon at the top right (or left) corner of your iPhone home screen.

Your next step is to find and apply the widget that shows you your iPhone’s battery percentage. To do this, scroll down the list of preset widgets that’s available on your iPhone and select the ‘Batteries’ option from the list.

In the next screen, you will need to select the widget size. You can select a size from – Small, Medium, and Large. If you just want to view the battery stats of just your iPhone, then we suggest picking the Small size to make the most room for all other apps and widgets on your home screen. Once you have made up your mind on the widget size, tap on the ‘Add Widget’ button at the bottom.

Your battery widget will now be added to your iPhone home screen.  Tap on anywhere else on the home screen to exit jiggle mode and make your changes permanent.

How to show the battery percentage of your iPhone and connected devices

If you often connect Bluetooth devices like wireless earphones, speakers, and Apple Watch, you can also show the battery percentage of all these devices on your iPhone home screen. Before you move to create a battery widget, make sure you have connected to all the Bluetooth devices you generally connect to, so that you can make up your mind on which widget to choose.

To show the battery percentage of your iPhone and connected devices, tap and hold on an empty space on the home screen until you go into jiggle mode. Here, tap on the Plus icon at the top right (or left) corner to access the widgets available to you.

Inside the Widgets list, scroll down and tap on the ‘Batteries’ option from the list.

Now you need to select the size of your battery widget. Unlike earlier, we’d suggest you go for either the medium or large option so that the widget box has more room to show you the details of all your connected devices and their battery percentage.

The medium-sized battery widget has four slots for showing battery percentage with icons for each one of your devices. On the other hand, the large-sized battery widget shows you the entire names of connected devices and their battery percentage. We’ll recommend the Large option if you are connected to more than 3 devices at once or would want to see the name of the devices you are connected to at all times.

Once you have selected the appropriate size of the widget, tap on the ‘Add Widget’ button at the bottom.

You will now return to the iOS home screen. To stop the icons and widgets from shaking, tap any blank space on the screen to set your home screen with your newly created battery widget.

Should you download third-party widgets for showing battery percentage?

NO, at least for now. While there are a bunch of widget apps that claim to show the battery percentage on your iOS home screen, for some reason, the apps we tried failed to do exactly that consistently. We tried using Battery Widget & Usage Monitor and Usage: Activity & Data Widget and although the widgets at disposal look quite good on your home screen, they fail to update themselves as your phone’s battery status changed.

What we’re trying to say is, in contrast to Apple’s own Batteries widget, widgets from both of these apps don’t appear to update to the current status of your battery but instead show the battery status of your phone when you last opened the widget app.

The reason for both of these apps not showing real-time battery stats of your iPhone could have something to do with iOS’ unwillingness to share background battery details with third-party apps. Thus, at least for now, it doesn’t make sense to install a third-party widget app for the sole purpose of showing the battery percentage.

What do you have to say about the battery widget on iOS 14? Has it been helpful are do you think Apple should make more of them?


6 Tips To Customize Your Iphone Home Screen For A Unique Look

So far it seems that iPhone users are really enjoying the new options they have for their Home Screens. If you’re one of those people and are still seeking ways to make your screen fit your personality and taste, then you’ve come to the right place!

With tips from iDB, you can take your Home Screen to the next level. Whether you love animals, games, or characters, and want to change widgets, icons, or wallpaper, here are great ways to customize your iPhone Home Screen.

Tips to customize your iPhone Home Screen

Find and add Apple widgets

Widgets are handy tools that you can put most anywhere on your Home Screen. They come in different sizes, show various details, and can give you terrific overviews of things like your Calendar, Mail, Weather, or Notes.

Check out our walk-through for how to find, add, and remove widgets on your iPhone Home Screen.

Use third-party widgets

Along with widgets for Apple apps, you can use widgets for third-party apps. For tools like Spark Mail for email, Pedometer ++ for step tracking, and Unwind for relaxation, all it takes is a glance at your screen.

Not all apps on the App Store offer widgets and those that may not have them now, might implement them later. So be sure to look at your favorite apps to see if they provide widgets.

Or even better, simply review our list of the best apps with widgets for your Home Screen for an excellent start.

Create custom widgets

Maybe the widgets for Apple and third-party apps still aren’t enough for you. Good news, you can create your own widgets!

Using one of the apps we’ve highlighted in our how to create custom widgets article, you can create the exact widgets you want. From those that show the date, time, or weather to others that display photos, quotes, and your agenda, custom widgets let you pick the data and appearance.

Make a widget with your favorite color as the background or accent, select the style of text that fits your taste, and you’re on your way to great customizations for your Home Screen.

Change your app icons

So once you have the widgets you want to use, what else can you do to spruce up your Home Screen? You can not only create your own widgets, but custom app icons too! With the Shortcuts app and the images you want to use, you can give your iPhone a theme you love.

The ability to create custom app icons has been around longer than iOS 14, but didn’t get the love it deserved until iOS 14 was released. Why? Probably because you can now create a unique and distinctive Home Screen with more tools than ever before!

We have a complete tutorial that shows you how to make custom app icons, but that’s not all.

Where to get app icons

Want to know where to get images for your icons? We also have a list of the best spots to find packs of icons and even individual ones. With icon packs, you can really theme out your device. Go with an elegant black and white, fun and colorful, or old school retro look. Whatever you want, iDB helps you find it!

Where to get inspiration

If you love the idea of creating custom widgets but just aren’t sure what theme you want to go with, get some inspiration! We’ve shared a whole list of iOS 14 Home Screens to do just that. You’ll see themes like those mentioned above and even more.

Is pink your favorite color? Do you love Disney? Are you a hardcore gamer? Check out our list of Home Screens complete with screenshots for ideas.

Create blank icons

You may not realize it, but you can create blank spaces on your Home Screen using custom icons too to make them match your wallpaper.

Then you can move those icons anywhere you want on your screen to increase the spacing around and between your app icons. This is a great way to truly get the exact look you want for your iPhone Home Screen.

Head over to our tutorial to create blank icons to get started.

Don’t forget the wallpaper

Whether you decide to use widgets and custom app icons, a cool theme, or just a mixture of everything, you’ll probably also want a new Home Screen background, right?

While many of the icon packs you’ll find at places like Etsy or by specific artists do include wallpaper, not all do and not all may have the one you want.

Take a look at some of our recent collections for brand new iPhone wallpapers.

And keep in mind that the backgrounds on these lists aren’t just for iPhone. So you can jazz up your iPad or Mac screen at the same time!

Additional Home Screen customization tips

The way your iPhone Home Screen looks is obviously what these customization tips are all about. But there’s more. Maybe you want to change notification badges in the App Library or find out how the Smart Stack widgets work. Here are more how-tos to look at for your iOS 14 Home Screen.

Wrapping it up

If you’re someone who absolutely loves personalizing your device, then you’re probably excited about the various ways you can customize your iPhone Home Screen. So let us know which one or more you’re planning to do or maybe already have!

How To Add Music To Your Snapchat Stories On Iphone

Recently, Snapchat has rolled out a new feature called “Featured Sounds” that lets you add music to your snaps and stories from the iOS devices. The feature can liven up your Snapchat life if you think sharing snaps without music is boring. It is fun-loving and can help you build more streaks if you stick to conversations daily. Let me show how you can add music to your Snapchat story on iPhone.

Featured Sounds are a pre-installed set of tracks that you can use while sharing a story or snap. You need to pick the right track and hit Share. To know more about what they are, let’s get started with the basics.

Launch the Snapchat app on your iOS device.

Take a snap using the capture button.

Then tap on the Music button and Choose the Featured Sounds.

Tap the play button to check if you like the song you’re adding.

Adjust the music by selecting the right portion that you want to add on the snap.

Hit the Ok button to add it and your music track will be right away on your snap.

Customize the music player using two fingers to move and scale it.

In the end, tap on Snapchat Story and Send To share it accordingly.

If you want, you can also select an image or video from your camera roll and add music to it. You can move and scale the sound sticker using your fingers on your snapshot. To remove the sound, move the sticker in the middle of the screen and drag it to the delete button.

Create your Own Sound and Add Them to Snaps

If you don’t like the built-in music tracks, you can create your own sound and share it along with your story or snap. This can be anything from your favorite music track or sounds you produce with your musical instruments. In case you want to record your favorite music track, follow the steps mentioned below!

Launch the Snapchat app.

Capture your snap or record your video.

Hit the Music button.

Tap on the My Sound and Create Sound.

Here you can create your own sound, or you can use any preferred music app to add sound. Here I’m using Spotify to add sound.

Play the music you want to share on Snapchat.

Tap the Pause button just before your favorite portion plays.

Do not close that app or remove it from recent apps.

Now, switch to the Snapchat app again.

Open Control Center and resume the track you played, then close it.

Tap the microphone button to record the track playing.

Snapchat will start recording the sound using the built-in microphone on iPhone.

When you’re done recording the portion you want to share, tap the Stop button and Pause the music player.

Tap on Save Sound and Toggle on to Make this Sound Public.

Give a name to the sound and write your name underneath it.

Hit Save Sound to confirm.

Now tap on the sound to add it to the snap.

Hit the Ok button.

Launch the Spotify app.

Navigate to the song or album that you want to share.

Tap on the More icon beside a song name.

Select Share.

Choose the Snapchat app and you will be redirected to the Snapchat app.

Edit the snap if you want.

Tap Story or Send To and share it accordingly.

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How To Add Google Adsense To Your Website

If it seems interesting for you personally, you may attempt to bring in some ad cash from the internet site too. Everything you’ll have to do is commit a couple of moments preparing this program, which may support your website/blog market the chance, even after your accounts becomes accredited.

Nicely, Google Adsense isn’t hard to receive started doing.

If you’re a WordPress development services provider company, earning profits with AdSense is much less complicated for you personally as that the installation is not easy.

Thus, just how would you set up a Google AdSense account on the WordPress site? This site article can research only that to you personally.

About Google AdSense

As soon as your report is authorized, this application will crawl throughout your web page’s articles to estimate the kind of ad which may be installed on your own internet site. The moment they have been finished, they may put-up applicable Advertising (the people that seem to function as attention like that your internet site readers’.

Thus, you never need to be worried concerning the assortment.

It’s absolutely quite a simple market an ability with Google AdSense if you are intending to take up a web site using WordPress. You’re going to have to stick to the AdSense clinics as a way to maintain functioning over the spectral range of this code of behavior. Before creating the shift, ensure you take a look at the best-practices throughout the connection abovementioned.

In addition, you can find some things which you want to do should you’d like to keep coordinated together with all the Google coverages to get running an AdSense account. 

Your website needs to maintain presenting nice and precious content material to maintain becoming centric Advertising. Make certain you stick with the most suitable blogging guidebook about doing this. It’s just as very important to hold the crowd participated. 

Adding Google AdSense to your WordPress Site

To only put up, you simply have to add a little code snippet in your site, and then Google can do the remainder to establish your own WordPress web site’s Google AdSense account. But, there’s an entire bunch of acceptance and procedure supporting this particular. Today, let’s observe how you can actually set up a Google AdSense account for your WordPress site.

1. Make a Google AdSense Account from registering to it.

 2. Next up, you’ll need to go during their terms and conditions and give your approval to your agreement.

When your account has been created, you will subsequently need to wait for the time your account is under inspection. This waiting period can extend from 8 hours of up to a single day. For the website to receive approval for your Google AdSense application, it has to meet particular AdSense application policies or their terms and conditions.

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If your website account for AdSense has approved, then you’re going to probably be permitted to pay a visit to your website’s Google AdSense Dashboard at which you’re going to be able to get an A-D Code.

This may be the measure in which you get ready for producing a fresh-D device’ for enabling marketers to understand your internet site is about to get started displaying Advertisements. These Advertisement Components define the sort of Advertising, their measurements, etc.. Thus, begin producing an A-D following choosing an A D Variety.

Subsequent upwards, choose the proper Advertisement Mode to all these Advertising and then define exactly the color strategy, the edge, the text, and font-family, etc..

Nowadays, you will find certain characteristics that’ll help better track the operation of those Advertisements onto your own internet site such as, for instance, the custom made stations comprise. You may even choose exactly what you are interested in getting the Advertisement distance todo in case a proper Advertisement is not readily available to your display. It follows you may even exhibit your Advertising when an ideal Advertisement isn’t offered. One other alternative is you may enable the distance as you possibly can.

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Drag and drop it in your own widget location. All many prior ways, you’re questioned to continue to keep the Advertisement code duplicated. Now paste that code into the Customized HTML Widget.

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