How to stop the stack of iPhone widgets from changing automatically

How to stop the stack of iPhone widgets from changing automatically

A stack of widgets is a great way to cycle through multiple widgets on your iPhone home screen. Unfortunately, iOS automatically changes widgets based on your time and usage. Here’s how to stop the stack of iPhone widgets from changing automatically.

Starting iOS 14, Apple introduced widgets on the iPhone home screen. There is a built-in Smart Stack widget which automatically cycles through the widgets in a stack. This should show you the correct widget at the right time. For example, it will show the Calendar widget for when you have upcoming appointments and your personal photos at night.

While the Smart Stack widget is quite useful, the problem is that every widget stack you manually create also becomes a smart stack because the Smart Rotate feature is enabled. If you customize your home screen with multiple stacks of widgets, you might want consistency. It might be surprising to return to your iPhone with all your widgets showing something different.

Turning off the Smart Rotation feature stops the widget stack from changing automatically. First, let’s look at the process of creating a widget stack.

Go to the home screen on your iPhone and tap and hold on an empty part of the screen. Now, tap on the “+” button in the top left corner. You will see the widget selection screen. Tap an app to see each widget available for that app.

Now, select the widget (small, medium or large size) and tap the “Add Widget” button to add the widget to your home screen.


To create a stack of widgets, you will need more than one widget. You can add up to 10 widgets to the stack.

Again, press the “+” button from the home screen editing view (Jiggle mode) and select the application. Navigate to the widget you want to add to the stack. It must be the same size as the previous widget. Now, tap and hold on the widget preview.

The widget will now start floating. You will see your home screen again. Place your finger on the screen and drag the new widget over the old widget.

Once the two are on top of each other (and you see a gray outline around the widget), lift your finger. You just created a stack of widgets. You can repeat this process to add more widgets.


Now, to disable the Smart Rotate feature, tap on the widget while you are in home screen editing mode.


If you are not in home screen editing mode, you can press and hold the widget stack and select the “Edit Stacks” option.


The stack of widgets will now stop changing and rotating randomly.

Customizing your iPhone home screen? Improve your performance by creating your own custom widget!

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