What are widgets and how do I add them to my Android smartphone or tablet?

Last Update date : 2017.02.24

Widgets

  

A widget is a simple application extension that is often part of a larger application already installed on the device. Widgets come in all shapes and sizes, are customizable, and reside on any available Home screen for quick access. Widgets provide you with quick access to information without requiring you to open the app that manages this information. An example is the Calendar widget, which provides you a quick view of your upcoming calendar events without opening the Calendar application.

 

 

Adding a widget on a device running Android version 5.0 or up (Lollipop).

 

add widget

Find a blank space where you wish to place the widget

space 

Press and hold on the blank space, then tap Widgets

press  

Select the widget you want and press and hold it

 drag 

 

 

Release the widget in the free space

 drag 

 

 

The widget is now displayed

displayed

 

 

Adding a widget on a device running Android version 4.4 (KitKat).

 

To easily add a widget to a Home screen touch and hold on an empty space on the Home screen and then touch the Widgets button at the bottom of the screen. Touch and hold on an available widget. Position the widget on the screen and release it to add it to the Home screen in your specified position. If the widget is too large you will receive the following message: "No more room on this page." The device will then attempt to place the widget on a Home screen that has the necessary space.

  

Adding a widget on a device running Android version 4.3 (Jelly Bean) or older

To easily add a widget to a Home screen touch the Apps icon App Icon and then touch the Widgets tab at the top of the screen. Touch and hold on an available widget. Position the widget on the screen and release it to add it to the Home screen in your specified position. If the widget is too large you will receive the following message: "No more room on this page." The device will then attempt to place the widget on a Home screen that has the necessary space.

 

Deleting a widget

To delete a widget from a Home screen touch and hold on the widget. Drag the widget to the Remove Remove from Home Screen Icon bar at the top of your screen and release it. The widget will be removed from the Home screen but will still be available in the Widgets tab, should you ever wish to put it back on your Home screen.

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