What to do if widgets don’t work well in macOS Sonoma?

The latest macOS update has brought many interesting new features, among them perhaps one of the most notable is the improvement of the Widgets function for Mac. This improvement allows users to add iPhone Widgets to the Mac desktop. However, if If you are having problems properly displaying widgets on your Mac, we show you some possible solutions to the problem.

These issues include macOS Sonoma Widgets not working properly, being unresponsive, or displaying in a monochromatic color all the time, as well as the inability for iPhone Widgets to work on your Mac with macOS Sonoma.

Why aren’t macOS Sonoma Widgets working?

Before we dive into the solutions, it is important to understand why macOS Sonoma Widgets may not be working correctly. Common problems that users have experienced include:

  • Internet connection problems: Some Widgets require an internet connection to be updated, such as the Weather, Mail, Safari or Contacts widgets. Lack of internet connection may be the reason why Widgets are not updating.
  • Problems with location services: Widgets that rely on location information may not work if Location Services is disabled on your Mac.
  • Corrupt or incompatible applications: Applications that are corrupt or not compatible with macOS Sonoma may interfere with the operation of Widgets.
  • System problems: Problems in the operating system may affect the operation of the Widgets.
  • Incompatibility with applications designed for iPhone: Some apps designed exclusively for iPhone may not be compatible with macOS Sonoma, so you won’t be able to view these widgets on your Mac desktop.

The most common problems with Widgets in macOS Sonoma

The most common problems that users have reported and that you may also be experiencing include:

  • Widgets are not working or responding.
  • Widgets get stuck in the loading phase.
  • Widgets load very slowly.
  • Widgets are not updated.
  • iPhone widgets don’t work on a Mac running macOS Sonoma.
  • Auto light/dark mode does not work on Widgets.

So let’s look at the quick and effective solutions we can try:

  • Restart your Mac: A simple restart can fix most occasional macOS system problems. There is no risk of data loss by doing so.
  • Check internet connection: Internet connectivity is crucial for updating many Widgets. Make sure your Mac and iPhone, if you’re using iPhone Widgets, are connected to a properly working Wi-Fi network.
  • Enable Location Services: Make sure Location Services is enabled, especially if you are using location-related widgets.
  • Force close and reopen Widgets: Use the Activity Monitor to force close processes related to widgets that may be causing problems and then reopen them.

  • Reset Notification Center/Widgets using Terminal: This option will reset all widget settings, so use with caution.

To do this, open the Terminal on your Mac and use the following command:
defaults delete com.apple.notificationcenterui; killall NotificationCenter

  • Update macOS: Make sure you are using the official version of macOS Sonoma, as Beta versions may have known bugs.
  • Remove and re-add problematic widgets: If a particular widget is still problematic, try deleting it and adding it back from the Notification Center.

Issues with widgets in macOS Sonoma can be annoying, but with these solutions, you should be able to regain full widget functionality. We hope that thanks to these tips you have been able to solve your problem and now enjoy the widgets on your Mac desktop.