iOS 14 comes with a novel feature that lets you set widgets right on your iPhone’s home screen. Many popular apps have already taken advantage of this feature including Google Search, Spotify, DuckDuckGo, etc. Now, TikTok has joined those apps in offering its own home screen widgets for iOS 14.
TikTok is a popular short-form video-sharing app that allows you to create 15-second videos on numerous topics. As much as it has been the topic of political discussion in the US due to the Trump administration’s allegations that it poses a national security risk due to its ties with China, it is also increasing in strength as a social platform.
As much as you love spending time watching TikTok videos, you can now set the app’s widget to your iPhone’s home screen, enabling unprecedented immersion into the video-sharing service on your iPhone (as if 52 minutes a day of crazy wasn’t enough).
TikTok’s home screen widgets come in three sizes. The smallest sized widget comprises of a trending sound hashtag that’s being used in videos, for example, Coldplay’s “Yellow” track. The medium-sized one shows thumbnails of videos beneath the trending sound hashtag. Finally, the largest widget includes larger thumbnails of videos alongside the trending sound hashtag.
These widgets are a fantastic way to kickstart your evening pastime. However, note that they do not offer a preview of the featured videos in action. To view them, you’ll need to tap on the thumbnail of the associated videos, which will play them inside the app.
In order to add these widgets to your home screen, your iPhone needs to be updated to at least iOS 14. Although, we always recommend updating your iPhone to the latest version of iOS. That’s iOS 14.1 as of now.
Here’s what you need to do to add TikTok’s widgets to your iPhone’s home screen on iOS 14. (You can check out our in-depth guide on iOS 14 home screen widgets.)
Tap and hold on an empty space on your home screen until apps start “jiggling.”
Tap on the Plus (+) icon situated in the top left corner.
Search for TikTok in the widget search bar.
Tap on TikTok.
Choose which widget you’d like to add among the three widgets available.
You can either tap on the widget or drag it to your desired location on the home screen.
Even though TikTok is a little late to the game, it’s good news for people that may have been expecting the new widgets. There are many apps that have taken advantage of iOS 14’s ability to add widgets to the home screen and many more are still to include support. However, as iOS 14’s adoption rate is already breaking previous records, there’s a good chance that your favorite app may get on board sometime soon.