Looking at all the updates Apple delivered this year, it's crystal clear that macOS Sonoma has been showered with plenty of love and innovation. Amidst a constellation of dazzling features, Widgets stand tall, claiming the spotlight as the most significant addition to look forward to.

With macOS Sonoma, Macs are finally stepping into the Widget wonderland, joining their kin — the iPhone and iPad — in the realm of devices that feature Widgets on the Home Screen. But hold your breath because the execution of Widgets on the Mac doesn't just join the party; it steals the show! Let's get going.

How do Widgets work in macOS Sonoma?

The new macOS Sonoma will give your desktop a serious glow-up with the introduction of widgets right on your Home Screen, making your Mac experience even more interactive and dynamic. Want to keep track of the weather, see the latest news, or check off reminders without opening an app? Widgets always had your back in that aspect, but now, you don't need to go fishing in the Notification Center to see them.

You can now plant widgets right on your desktop. The best part is, as soon as you open an app or start using Stage Manager, these widgets subtly fade into the background, letting you concentrate on your work while still being there when you need them. They also adapt to your desktop background with subtle tints that don't make them stand out like a sore thumb.

One of the most surprising additions that Apple has made is the ability to pull any widgets from your iPhone to your Mac. How often have you wished you could get a favorite widget from your iPhone on your Mac? Well, macOS Sonoma makes your wish come true. Thanks to Continuity, you can now pull your iPhone widgets onto your Mac desktop without having to download the same app on your computer. It's like having the best of both worlds!

It gets even more exciting. Widgets on macOS Sonoma aren't just about displaying information but also about getting things done. Apple has made widgets interactive on the entire ecosystem, and that includes Macs as well. Want to check off a task from your reminders? You got it. Need to pause a podcast or adjust your smart home's lighting? No sweat. Widgets on macOS Sonoma let you do all these and more without leaving your desktop.

Now that you know what you're in store for, let's get to work.

Adding Widgets on Your Mac Home Screen

There are two ways to add widgets to your Mac Home Screen on macOS Sonoma.

First, if you want to add existing Widgets, i.e., the ones already living in the Notification Center, you can directly drag and drop the widget from there to your Mac Desktop.

Doing so will remove the widget from the Notification Center, though.

The second method includes adding new widgets from the widgets gallery to your Desktop.

Click on the 'Date and Time' next to the Control Center in the Menu bar to open the Notification Center.

Then, scroll down and click on 'Edit Widgets' to open the Widgets Gallery.

Alternatively, you can right-click or Ctrl + Click anywhere on the desktop, and click on 'Edit Widgets' from the context menu.

The widgets gallery will open. You will see that you're on 'All Widgets' in the left sidebar, and all available widgets available for adding to your Mac will appear in the right panel. You can scroll through the Widgets here.

Or, if that seems too chaotic, you can scroll through apps from the left sidebar and navigate to the one you want to add. The right panel will then only show available widgets from the selected app. For instance, when you click on 'Calendar', you will see the Calendar Widgets, such as Date, Month, Up Next, List, etc., on the right side.

Drag and drop the desired Calendar Widget anywhere (literally) on your Mac's Desktop. Then, click 'Done' to close the widgets menu.

Adding iPhone Widgets to Mac

When adding new Widgets to your Mac Desktop, you'll notice apps in Widget categories that are not even present on your Mac. This is because you can now add your iPhone widgets on your Mac.

If you don't see widgets from your iPhone apps, make sure your iPhone is either nearby or your Mac and iPhone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Now in the Widgets Gallery, you will see your iPhone widgets. For apps that are both on your Mac and iPhone, you can switch to iPhone widgets by clicking 'From iPhone' at the top right corner.

For apps exclusive to iPhone, you can directly drag and drop the widgets to your Mac home screen.

Rearranging the Widgets

The widgets on your Home screen can be rearranged anytime by dragging and dropping them anywhere; you don't need to enter the edit mode to rearrange them.

However, if you want to move the widgets from the Home Screen back to the Notification Center, you'll need to enter the Edit mode. Open the Notification Center and click 'Edit Widgets'.

Then, drag the widget from your Home Screen and drop it onto the Notification Center.

Removing Widgets from your Mac Home Screen

Removing the widgets from the Home Screen follows the same steps as removing them from the Notification Center.

Click on 'Edit Widgets' from either the Notification Center or the Right-click menu.

You will see a 'Remove' option (- icon) at the top right corner of the widget; click on it on the desired widget to remove it.

Widgets in macOS Sonoma are all about making your Mac experience smoother, more productive, and more personalized. So, gear up for an enhanced experience where widgets adapt to your wallpaper colors and help you manage your tasks effortlessly.