iOS 10 is on your iPhone or iPad and you are totally ready to take it out for a spin. But then you start experiencing problems with the new lock screen or the widgets and notification feature. You discover that your widgets not working or they fail to populate then start working again and then fail to populate yet once again–all for no apparent reason. What the heck?
It’s so frustrating to find yourself in this place, we know. So here are some suggestion to help get your widgets up and running so you get that test drive iOS 10 experience!
So without further ado, let’s walk through some steps to fix our widgets not working problems.
Widgets Not Working After iOS Download or Update
After downloading iOS 10, the device starts and we navigate to the widgets lock screen. But we discover that our widgets is completely blank…nothing..nada. Most of our widgets are blank, not anywhere near the content rich experience we see in the Apple Picture above.
Our initial widgets search screen looked like this! Not good at all.
If you are experiencing the same issue, here are some suggested tips:
Weather Widgets Not Working
If your weather widget is empty, please make sure that you have the location services turned on. Tap on your Settings > Privacy > Location Services . Turn on the toggle for location services. Without this, the weather widget does not show any information on your lock screen.
News Widgets Not Working
If you have the News widget on your lock screen and it is showing up blank like the picture above, Go to Settings > Notifications. Choose to allow Notifications and Set the Show on Lock Screen to ON. If you are using News for the first time, make sure to open the app and choose your channels.
All Widgets Not Working
A strange but true tip that seems to work for a lot of folks is toggling “Bold Text” in the Display & Brightness setting.
Another oddball tip is to go to your regional settings and change your language and then change it back (I switch from U.S. English to Canadian English and back again). This tip has worked each time to repopulate the widgets.
Widgets Still Not Working
Once you have explored the notification settings of the widgets, Press the home button and wake/sleep button for 10 seconds or so and let your iDevice restart. Restarting the device often fixes your widget content problem in iOS 10+.
A Final Offering for Widgets Not Working
The introduction of iOS10 finally gave us iFolks the power to delete stock apps. So if none of the above steps worked for you, let’s give this one a whirl and delete and then reinstall. Performing this also deletes the widget so by reinstalling a fresh version of the app, we just might correct the widget issue.
We recommend deleting the problematic app (and widget) and THEN restart the iDevice. Once restarted, open the App Store, look for the deleted app in your purchases and download/install the app again. After reinstalling and launching the app, check if the widget functions normally.
Several readers report success with this method, particularly for faulty News app widgets.
How-To Restrict Access to your iPhone Widgets
The iOS 10 design provides you with a quick access to all your information without logging in and opening each of the apps. Your locked screen provides you with a quick glance to your news, weather, emails, messages and other notifications.
The default setting here does not require a passcode to access this information. Anybody that has access to your iPhone or iPad can peek and glance at your private information.
Here is how you can restrict access to your locked screen and all its widgets and make sure that your private information is not leaked via the widgets on your locked screen.
Step – 1 Tap on Settings > Passcode and enter your passcode
Step – 2 On this screen you will control how you can restrict access to information on the locked screen. There are four options under the section “Allow Access when Locked”.
Step – 3 By Switching off the “Today View” you can make sure that no one has access to your widgets on your locked screen without the right passcode. You can also turn off the Notifications from appearing on your locked screen here by switching off the “Notifications View”.
It’s always a good idea to do a reset if you are starting out with a new iOS update. Thankfully with these quick tips, the widgets in our lock screen now have something to say:
If you are looking for new widgets to check out, please take our post on the widgets search screen.
We have updated our master guide for all iOS 10 related troubleshooting. If you are having problems with installing iOS 10, or other app problems after installing iOS 10, Please check our step by step iOS 10 problem fixing guide.
Let Us Know
What’s your experience with iOS 10 so far? What features are you really enjoying? What problems are frustrating you? Let us know in the comments below.