One of the key features of macOS Sonoma that Apple was keen to show around desktop widgets. Similar to widgets that have been around on iOS for a while now, these widgets allow you to quickly view information from your most used apps without having to open the apps themselves. Of course, if you then want to open the app, the widget also lets you quickly access it.
While we covered how to add widgets to your desktop in macOS Sonoma In general, there’s one really cool facet of widgets that we haven’t covered so far – and that’s the ability to add iPhone widgets to your Mac’s desktop.
This is perfect if you just prefer the look and proportions of iPhone widgets; This also means you have a consistent look across devices, as macOS and iOS widgets are often slightly different. This also means you don’t need to have a widget installed on your Mac to use it, as long as it’s installed on your iPhone. (which should work iOS 17 and signed in with the same Apple ID as your Mac).
Here’s how it works.
You’ll need to run macOS Sonoma on your Mac and iOS 17 on your iPhone to use this feature. We can show you how to download and install macOS Sonoma And how to download and install iOS 17 if you need help.
1. Right-click on your desktop and select Edit Widgets
The first to stand, secondary or right-click on your desktop. We can show you how to right click on mac if you don’t know how. SO click Edit Widgets.
2. Choose an iPhone widget
Scroll through your widget library, And select a widget. You go notice in the left bar that your iPhone widgets appear — for example, I don’t have Deco, Deliveroo, or Duck Duck Go apps installed on my Mac, but they appear in my macOS widget library. You can simply select an iPhone widget And go to step 4.
Alternatelyyou can also choose a widget that has both a macOS and iOS version, which we demonstrate here and in step 3 to cover all our bases. The selection process for these is slightly different and involves an additional step: look for a widget that has both “On This Mac” and “From iPhone” at the top right of its panel.
3. Click From iPhone
Click from iPhone and you will see the macOS versions of the widgets move to the iOS versions.
4. Add the widget and click Done
Select the desired widget size And click on the green + symbol when it appears. Once ready, click Done.
5. Open the widget on iPhone
You may now need to confirm using your iPhone. If applicable, take and unlock your iPhone And open the app or tap the iOS widget in question.
And that’s all there is to it. You will now have your iPhone widget on your macOS home page. This is a very nice little feature and another benefit of the Apple ecosystem, which is increasingly well connected with each major release of iOS and macOS.