By James Scout/ Oct 16, 2022

YouTube Rolls out iPhone Home-Screen Widget that Immediately Opens Subscriptions and Searches

The most recent Google app to add home screen widgets for iPhone and iPad is YouTube, one of which offers very practical shortcuts.

 iPhone Home-Screen Widget

The four by 2 inch "Quick Actions" app is marketed as "the fastest way to search and browse YouTube." The "Search YouTube" field at the top immediately opens the keyboard to that UI. The microphone icon also launches voice lookup at the same time.

 iPhone Home-Screen Widget

Then, you can click "Home," "Shorts," or "Subscriptions" to access the related feeds right away. This widget uses outline-style icons that appear in the bottom bar. The latter shortcut is convenient, while the middle reflects YouTube's immense short-form video focus.

 iPhone Home-Screen Widget

A 2×2 "Search" widget with a black or white background (based on the system theme) allows for quick text entry.

 iPhone Home-Screen Widget

In 2022, Google released its last big batch of iOS widgets, including shortcuts for Translate, Inbox from Gmail, and Drive's XL iPad options. The company finished rolling out its six Lock Screen widgets earlier this week.

 iPhone Home-Screen Widget

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