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
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.
We have a few widgets in a variety of sizes available for Bear, with more on the way:
Single Note (small, medium, large): Keep a note always in view, right on your homescreen. Pick the widget, then flip it over to pick a note from Bear.
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!
Bear’s Lock Screen widgets for iPhone and iPad
These widgets are available only on the Lock Screens of iPhone and iPad (coming in iPadOS 17):
- Create new note - You get three guesses as to what this does
- Create new todo note - This creates a new note with a task at the top
- Access last note edited - This opens Bear to the most recently edited note
- Random note - For when you’re feeling lucky
- Open Bear to search - For those who frequently search Bear
Widget limitations and things to know
Mac will soon support desktop widgets: Expected in fall 2023, macOS 14 Sonoma will add support for widgets on the desktop. On versions before Sonoma, Mac only supports widgets in the Today page alongside notifications.