What just happened When it comes to the new iOS 14 home screen widgets, there are two groups: those who love them and those who hate them. I happen to love them – at least the more useful ones. You’re not limited to just Apple’s native apps, either. Any developer can create a widget for their app, and Spotify released its own today.
Spotify announced on Wednesday that it introduced an iOS 14 widget in the latest update to its iPhone app. The Spotify community proposed a home screen widget back in June, and the idea received more than 5,000 positive votes, prompting developers to mark it as “Under Consideration”.
Apparently the idea was good enough to quietly slip it into a closed beta version of the app. After a few weeks of testing, the prime-time widget was rated good enough for prime time, and Spotify added it to the latest update that was rolled out today.
The mini-interface is very simple – no more than a box with five of your most recently played tracks (medium size), or one if you choose the small version of the widget. To go back to something you just heard, just tap one of the icons. It’s worth noting that Apple has a nearly identical widget for its music app, but an additional “larger” size that displays up to nine songs.
To get the widget, make sure your Spotify app is up to date and has been using it since the update. Touch and hold the home screen to enter edit mode. Click the plus sign (+) in the upper left corner to bring up the widget selection screen. Scroll down until you see the Spotify widget or icon. Tap it, choose the size you want, then tap Add Widget. You can rearrange it on your home screen if you’d like, or just tap Done if you’d like it to be placed.
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