Published on October 20, 2023, 12:26 pm
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Apple has made it remarkably easy to use an iPhone widget in macOS Sonoma, even if you only have the iOS app and not the matching Mac one. While the process is straightforward, it may not be immediately obvious, and the results can be mixed. In this article, we will discuss how to use iPhone widgets on your Mac.
To begin with, setting up an iPhone widget on your Mac is a quick and easy process. However, there are a few requirements that need to be met first:
1. Your iPhone must be running on iOS 14 or later.
2. Your Mac must be updated to macOS Big Sur or newer.
3. You need to have both the iPhone app and its corresponding Mac app installed.
Once you have met these requirements, you can proceed to add iPhone widgets to your Mac. The process is identical to adding regular macOS Sonoma widgets. Here’s how:
1. Right-click on an empty spot on your desktop or call up the widget sidebar by clicking on Edit Widgets.
2. A new widget picker will appear at the bottom of your screen.
3. Search for the iOS app that provides the widget you want or scroll through the picker’s list.
4. Select the desired widget by clicking on it.
All the widgets available on your iPhone will now show up in the Mac’s widget picker, and you can select them just like any other Mac widget.
However, there is one issue when using an iPhone app’s widget on the Mac – it functions as a front-end for the app itself, which means certain functionalities may be limited or unavailable. For example, if you try to use an audio widget like Audible or BBC Sounds, you won’t be able to control or play anything directly from your Mac. Instead, clicking on these apps will prompt an error message instructing you to open them on your iPhone.
This limitation stems from how widgets used to function as simple information displays and now have interactive capabilities. While developers continue to work on improving their apps and widgets, it is possible that some functionalities may remain restricted.
Apple’s intention is to allow users to utilize iOS widgets on macOS Sonoma, even without the corresponding Mac app. However, this does mean certain features may be limited or inaccessible. Despite these limitations, adding an iPhone-only widget to your Mac can still be beneficial and easy.
In conclusion, Apple has made it possible to use iPhone widgets on your Mac with macOS Sonoma. By following a few simple steps, you can add iPhone widgets to your desktop just like any other Mac widget. Although there are limitations in terms of functionality, the ability to incorporate iPhone widgets into macOS Sonoma offers potential convenience for users.
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