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How to use widgets with Bear

Apple redesigned widgets in macOS Big Sur, iOS 14, and iPadOS 14. Widgets are a way to view small bits of information from apps, right on your Home Screen or desktop. Examples include quick weather details, a favorite photo, or the day’s task list.

Bear has a few widgets available, free to both Bear and Bear Pro users. Let’s explore how to add them, what they can do, and some details to know.

How to add and edit widgets

Widgets work a little differently depending on the device, so Apple has separate instructions for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Check those out to get familiar with adding widgets to your devices.

The main thing to know is that, once you add one of Bear’s widgets to your device, tap or click it to choose what it displays. See an example below.

Bear’s widgets

We have a few widgets in a variety of sizes available for Bear, with more on the way:

Sidebar (small, medium, large): View recent notes from key sections of the Sidebar, including: Notes, Untagged, Todo, Today, and any of your tags. Tap a note to open it in Bear, tap the label at the bottom of the widget to visit that location in Bear.

Search (small, medium, large): View the most recent notes that match a search query in Bear. PLUS, tap the label at the bottom to open that search query in Bear!

Widget limitations and things to know

The main difference between widgets on iPhone and iPad: On iPhone, widgets can be added anywhere on any Home Screen. But as of iPadOS 14, widgets can only be added to the Today View on iPad. This is the page attached to Notification Center, though Today View can also be pinned to the left side of the iPad’s first Home Screen.

Widgets on the Mac appear in Notification Center. You can toggle Notification Center by clicking the clock in the far right of the Menu Bar. On a MacBook or other trackpad, you can also swiping left with two finger from the right edge.

Bear widgets cannot display protected notes. Protected notes are a features of Bear Pro. For privacy reasons, Bear widgets cannot display contents of protected notes.

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