Add the Transit widget

A widget allows you to get a glimpse of the information about your commute without opening the app. 

On both iOS and Android, you can add a Transit widget to your home or lock screen to be able to see nearby transit options quickly and/or see how long it will take you to get to your favorite destinations.

Here's what this article covers:

Add the Transit Widget

Add the Widget on iPhone Add the Widget on Android
  • Swipe right over the home screen to get to the Today View screen
  • Scroll to the bottom and tap Edit 
  • Add the Nearby widget 
    • Scroll to the bottom tap Customize
    • Tap the + sign next to the widget, then tap Done
  • Add the Instant ETA widget
    • Make sure you have iOS14 installed and Transit version 5.9
    • Tap the + icon at the top of the screen
    • Tap the Transit widget then choose the small or medium size
    • Tap Add Widget
  • Press and hold down on your phone's home screen
  • Tap Add Widget
  • Tap and hold on the Transit widget (Nearby or Instant ETA), then drag it to your home screen

Using the Nearby Widget

Use the Nearby widget to easily see transit options close to you. Just tap on the route in the widget to see the opposite direction. Your favorited lines will show up at the top of the list, just like in the app!

Due to a limitation in iOS 14, real-time cannot be displayed on the home screen. For that reason, the Nearby widget has to remain on the Today View screen.

Take me to my favorite destination

Do you want to quickly see how to get home? Or to work? Or any of your favorited locations? The Instant ETA widget can tell you how to get there and how long it will take!

  • The small widget will show the time and mode of transport to get to your destination.
  • The medium widget will additionally show other potential modes of transport to get there.

Don't see a mode? Check that it's is enabled in your settings. Otherwise, that likely means it's not possible to get there that way. 

In this widget, as personal bike and walking are not enabled, these options do not appear in the options here.  To see more details about the suggested route, just tap on the widget. That will take you to the app.

Tips & Tricks 

In widget settings, you can customize your destination (or leave it up to Transit magic) and decide which mode you prefer to travel by!

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