Video: How to Get Widgets on Your Mac's Desktop

When MacRumors videographer Dan Barbera shares his apps and desktops during videos, he often gets questions about what he's using. Recently, he had an app that adds widgets to the Mac desktop that viewers were curious about, so he thought he'd do a dedicated video on what it is, how it works, and how to use it.


To get widgets on his Mac, Dan is using an app called WidgetWall, which is priced at $9.99 per year (or through Setapp if you use that). WidgetWall works as soon as you download it, putting popular widgets on your desktop, but you can customize what's available, the color, the size, the location, and more.

Available widgets include clock, weather, calendar, calculator, and music, along with a widget for bringing up ChatGPT. You can even add a row of apps that you access often, show off your photos, see your Mac's performance at a glance, and use a sticky note widget.

Make sure to watch the video to see the widget in action, and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Top Rated Comments

Ankit1088 Avatar
11 months ago
Pretty cool, but I don't think I can get around the $9.99 yearly subscription.
Score: 51 Votes (Like | Disagree)
deebinem Avatar
11 months ago

Pretty cool, but I don't think I can get around the $9.99 yearly subscription.
This!

Call me old school, but if you give me a one-time purchase price, I might be more inclined to buy your stuff.
Score: 44 Votes (Like | Disagree)
alexandr Avatar
11 months ago
Aw, remember back in the day when we just had widgets on our desktops natively?..
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BrentT Avatar
11 months ago
I would rather pay once for an app than all these subscriptions. I think they count on folks forgetting to cancel.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
meson Avatar
11 months ago
Bring back Dashboard! What is old is new again!
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rpmurray Avatar
11 months ago

... which is priced at $9.99 per year ...
I was OK with the price until the "per year" part. Subscriptions are a hard pass.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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