Prachi Bhardwaj/Business Insider
I recently tried an Android phone for the first time, and even though I ultimately went back to my iPhone, the thing that impressed me most about Android was its ability to make custom shortcuts. Those little widgets almost convinced me to make the switch from iOS. Custom shortcuts gave me the freedom to drag and drop almost any action from an application onto my home screen for one-touch access. I could have a separate icon for a text thread with my best friend, another one for my favorite Spotify playlist, and so on. Apple’s iPhone is not nearly as customizable. 3D Touch does pull up some pre-selected shortcuts for some apps, but pressing down the wrong way activates your iPhone’s edit mode — the screen that makes the apps dance so that you can rearrange or delete them. I much preferred Android’s setup. Fortunately, Apple introduced a feature in iOS two years ago that addresses this problem — to an extent. I had underutilized it until now, having never experienced the time-saving power of a widget, but for the last few weeks, I’ve been exploring its possibilities. Here’s how you can set up Today View to make the most of your iPhone:

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