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Access your tasks from your home screen with widgets in the iOS app
Access your tasks from your home screen with widgets in the iOS app

How to create and work with widgets

Emily Jones avatar
Written by Emily Jones
Updated over a week ago

Widgets make it even easier to access your tasks from your mobile app. For the queues you're in a lot, or for those high priority tasks you don't want to lose track of. They're a great option if you have multiple default queues or for creating a dashboard of your tasks right on your phone!

Home screen widgets

On devices running iOS 14+ you can add widgets to your home screen for quick access to your tasks.

Use widgets to view your queues from your home screen

To add a widget long-press on your home screen and tap the (+) button at the top left of the screen.

Tap the + icon to add a widget

Choose GQueues from the list of options.

Select GQueues from the list of options

Choose the desired widget type and size from the 4 different options and tap Add Widget.

Select the desired size out of the widget options

To choose the queue to display press down on the widget and choose Edit Widget.

Choose the queue you'd like to display

You can choose from My Queues, Team Queues, Smart Queues, Tags, Inbox or Assignments.

You can choose queues from any of your GQueues accounts

Choose the specific queue to display.

❗️Please Note: Saved Searches are not available to display in widgets, so they are not shown as options under Smart Queues.

Select the queue you'd like to display

You can add multiple widgets to your home screen making it easy to create a "dashboard" of tasks.

Create a task dashboard with widgets

Widget refreshing

iOS controls the exact timing when widgets can refresh. A widget is given a "budget" each day that determines the number of times its display can be refreshed, presumably to help with battery life.

Below outlines when the GQueues widgets will refresh:

  1. Widgets should refresh on their own once an hour at minimum.

  2. Changes you make to tasks with the app open should be reflected in the widgets immediately.

  3. If you make changes to tasks on the web, those will get synced to your phone in the background, but those changes may not appear in the widgets immediately, as they are subject to iOS's algorithm and the budget given to the widget.

Today view

You can add GQueues widgets to your Today view too to get a quick overview of everything on your plate.

To activate the GQueues Today Widget, open the Notification Center by swiping to the right of your screen. Scroll to the bottom and press Edit.

Edit the Today Widget to add GQueues

Tap the Customize button and press the green plus (+) button to add GQueues to your Today view.

Select GQueues from the list of available apps
Add GQueues to your Today view

Tasks that are due today or overdue will appear in the Today Widget by default.

Any tasks due today or Overdue will show up

Mark tasks complete directly in the Today Widget or tap a task to view the details in the GQueues app.

If more tasks are due today than fit on the screen, you can tap the View All button to see the entire list in GQueues.

Customize which tasks appear in the widget by opening the GQueues app and going to App Settings in the side panel and choosing Today Extension.

Edit what tasks appear by going to your settings from within the mobile app

If you have multiple accounts you can select the desired account to display. You can also choose to show all tasks (including tasks from Shared Queues), or just tasks you have created and your assignments. Select tasks due today and overdue, or only today's tasks.

Choose "Today Extension" from Settings
Choose tasks to display and the order to sort them

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