Learn how to quickly view your to-dos, add new ones, or track your progress by enabling Things’ widgets.

Widgets allow you to view sets of to-dos, like your Today list or what you’ve planned for Tomorrow. They also let you to save frequently-used views, like your Shopping list filtered by store, or provide feedback on your progress right from the Lock Screen.

For information on how to set up Widgets on your device, see Apple’s guides for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Different widget sizes and positions on iPhone.
Left: Two small widgets. Right: A medium-sized Today list widget.
Extra large Up Next widget on iPad.
Stay on top of your schedule with the extra-large Up Next widget (top). See more to-dos at a glance with the double-wide List widget (bottom).
Widgets on the Desktop on macOS 14 Sonoma.
In macOS 14 Sonoma, widgets can be placed on the Desktop in addition to the Notification Center.

Customize widgets

No matter how many widgets you add, every Things widget can be configured individually so you can view different content in each:

  • Pick any of the default lists, like Today or Upcoming.
  • Any of your own projects or areas will also be available.
  • Or pick a Quick Find list, like Deadline or All Projects.
  • Inside of the list picker, select any tag to view all to-dos with that tag, no matter where these to-dos live in Things.
  • Combine a list selection with a tag filter. This way, you can instantly narrow your focus on what is most important, like Deadlines filtered by a work tag.
  • Need to see to-dos that have a set of two tags applied, like work and call? Set the first tag in the list picker, and filter by the second tag.

In addition to customizing the content of each widget, three more settings are available:

  1. Plus Button: You can hide the + button entirely, or adjust where it saves new to-dos. By default, they go to the Inbox and the button is blue. You can change this to the current list (which you see in the widget), and the button will turn grey. Simply edit the widget, and change the “Plus Button” setting.
  2. Appearance (iOS/iPadOS-only): The appearance of the widgets can be set independently of the Things main app, and the Light/Dark settings of your device. Go to ThingsSettingsAppearanceWidgets to adjust it.
  3. Interactivity: Interactive widgets are enabled by default. If you don’t want to check off to-dos directly from the widget, simply edit the widget, and change the “Checkbox” setting.
Widget customization options and dark appearance.
Left: Customize your widgets. Right: With a black wallpaper, the Black theme blends right in.

If you would like to execute a more complex Things action, you can create a widget for Apple Shortcuts. You can either execute a Things action from it, embed Things in a more complex workflow, or even run a Things URL.

If you’re not yet familiar with Apple Shortcuts, please check out our support page here or our Things URL scheme here.

Lock Screen widgets

There are three different Lock Screen widgets:

  1. List: Shows to-dos from a customized view.
  2. Progress: Complete your to-dos throughout the day and watch as the ring nears completion.
  3. New To-Do: Tap ⊕ and quickly create a new to-do in Things’ Inbox.

It’s currently not possible to pre-set any parameters when using the + widget.

Lock Screen widgets on iPad
Lock Screen widgets on iPhone

Calendar events and Things’ widgets

It’s not possible to see events from Apple Calendar in the Things widget. We would love to build this feature, but due to technical limitations we can’t ensure that the calendar events in the widgets are up to date.


Having trouble getting your Things widgets to work right? Before reaching out to support, please check all troubleshooting steps on this page.