macOS Sonoma Desktop Widgets Not Working - 9 Fast Fixes

Clare Phang
Last updated: Sep 22, 2023
Summary: This post is dedicated to helping Mac users fix the macOS Sonoma 14 Widgets not working issue. Check the common widgets issues and learn effective skills to kick off them! Keep Reading!

macOS Sonoma strengthens its Widgets feature, enabling adding iPhone Widgets to your desktop, introducing Widgets fade for better focus, and wealthing Widgets gallery.

However, many users have encountered different macOS Sonoma Widgets issues, like macOS Sonoma Widgets not working/responding, iPhone Widgets not working on Mac in macOS Sonoma, etc.

Relax! In this post, we will provide you with 9 easy and fast fixes to fight against them. Read on for details!

macOS Sonoma Desktop Widgets Not Working

Why Is the macOS Sonoma Widget Not Working

The common reasons for macOS Sonoma Widgets not working collected from Mac users are listed below.

Take a look at them and check whether your Mac running macOS Sonoma has the same issue:

  • Internet connectivity issue.
  • Location Service issue.
  • Corrupted/Incompatible app.
  • System glitches.
  • Apps designed for iPhone apps are not compatible with macOS.

The Common macOS Sonoma Widgets Issues

  • Widgets not working/responding.
  • Widgets are stuck on loading.
  • Widgets loading slowly.
  • Widgets not updating.
  • Widget extension production quit unexpectedly.
  • iPhone Widgets not working on Mac in macOS Sonoma.
  • Auto light/dark mode doesn't work in Widgets.

How to Fix Widgets Not Working on macOS Sonoma

After checking the possible causes for Widgets not working on macOS Sonoma, let's go directly to their fast fixes!

1. Restart Your Mac

A simple restart can fix most of the occasional macOS system issues. It is worth a try since there would be no data loss. Restart and see whether this works.

If you don't want to restart your Mac, you can try logging out and then in your account.

2. Check Internet Connectivity

Internet connectivity can be a key factor for Widgets not updating. There are many apps in Widgets that need a network connection to update like Weather, Location Service, Mail, Safari, and Contacts widgets (receive or share photos).

Also, when you use widgets from your iPhone right on your Mac, your iPhone needs to be close to your Mac or on the same Wi-Fi for widgets to load the real-time update. In this case, make sure both your iPhone and Mac are in good internet condition.

3. Enable Location Services

"Location Service is Off" may get in the way of the Widgets to access your Weather information. Go to enable Location Services for Weather.

Here is how:

Go to Apple MenuSystem SettingsPrivacy & SecurityLocation ServiceEnable Location Service>Enable the Weather toggle.

Enable Location Service Weather

4. Force Quit and Reopen Widgets

Force quit and reopen Widgets using Activity Monitor can help you fix some occasional Widgets issues, like Widgets crashes, Widgets stuck on loading, Widgets loading slowly, etc.

Here is how:

  1. Open Activity Monitor.
  2. Enter "widget" in the search box.
  3. select all widget-related processes. (Press and hold Command to select multiple processes at the same time.)
  4. Click the X button>Force Quit.
Force Quit Widgets via Activity Monitor

5. Reset Notification Center/Widgets Using Terminal

Another way to fix Widgets not working/responding/crashes is to reset Widgets via Terminal.

But it's worth noting this will reset all widgets settings. Think twice before you apply this method.

Here is how:

  1. Open Terminal via Spotlight.
  2. Enter the following command and press the Enter key:

defaults delete; killall NotificationCenter

Reset Widgets Settings
  1. Click Allow when the popup shows.
Termina Allow Settings

6. Update macOS

The Widgets not working issue is common to hear in macOS Sonoma Beta. The official release will fix some known bugs of the Beta version.

As the official macOS Sonoma is available now, update macOS Sonoma Beta to macOS Sonoma immediately.

7. Update/Uninstall Apps

Just like what is mentioned in the macOS Sonoma Widgets not working reasons, app compatibility is of great importance for Widgets to work properly.

Update iPhone Apps: Go to App Store>tap the name at the top right corner>tap Update All.

Update Mac Apps: Go to App StoreUpdatesUpdate All.

Check and update outdated/incompatible apps. If there is no update for the incompatible apps, you may have to consider uninstalling them.

8. Remove iPhone Apps that Caused Crashes

Some apps are designed for iPhones, so they may not be compatible with macOS. This can lead to macOS Sonoma Widgets not working if you have enabled Use iPhone widgets.

Use iPhone Widgets

The corresponding solution to fix this is to remove those iPhone apps that caused crashes.

9. Delete and Re-add the Problematic Widgets

Some widgets may crash during use, try to delete and re-add the problematic widgets to fix this issue. Re-add it to see whether the new Widgets can work normally.

Here is how:

  1. Click the time near the Control Center at the Menu Bar to bring up the Notification Center.
  2. Click Edit Widgets at the bottom.
  3. Click "-” to delete the problematic widgets.
  4. Search for the widget you want to re-add and click it to add to the Desktop Widgets.

If you find Widgets not showing up, check Desktop & Dock settings and enable Show Widgets: Go to Apple MenuSystem SettingsDesktop & Dock>Enable Show Widgets.

Show Widgets on Desktop

Besides the 9 methods mentioned above, there are some attempts that may be helpful. For example, open the App via Widgets and close it, ensure Mac and iPhone are on the same Wi-Fi, enter and exit safe mode, disable and then enable "Use iPhone Widgets", update your to iOS 17, and make sure the two devices are using the same Apple ID.

If you have enabled the Low Power Mode, it will keep your iPhone from receiving mail and accessing background activities. So make sure both your iPhone and Mac have disabled the Low Power Mode.

Bonus: How to Improve Your Mac Performance

In fact, whether it's widgets crash or apps crash, there is another key reason except incompatibility - not enough space.

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After finishing reading this post, are you clear about how to fix the macOS Sonoma Widgets not working issue?

Go ahead and try these methods out!

Clare Phang has been captivated by the world of Apple products since the launch of the iconic iPhone in 2007. With a wealth of experience, Clare is your go-to source for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and all things Apple.