Adding Widgets on my Samsung Galaxy Device

Last Update date : Oct 15. 2021

A widget is a simple application extension that is often part of a larger application already installed on your Galaxy device. Widgets come in all shapes and sizes,  and are located 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. Follow the step-by-step guide for more information.

Please Note: This guide is designed for Australian varaiant Galaxy devices, if you have an international device and require further support click here to get in touch with your Samsung subsidiary. 

If you would like to learn how to more aboout the weather widget please check out our guide Using the Weather widget on a Samsung Phone for more information.

Android OS Version 11.0 (R)
1 Head into your Apps Tray and long press an App you would like to add as a widget
Long press an app

Please Note: Adding a widget to your Home Screen is subject to the chosen application.

2 Tap on Widget icon Widget
Tap on Widget
3 Choose your preferred Widget size then tap on Add
Choose widget then select Add
4 Once added to your Home Screen, you will be able to quickly access apps via the widget
Viewing Widget on Home screen
Android OS Version 10.0 (Q)
1 Pinch your screen to access your Home Screen settings
Pinch Screen to access Home Screen settings
2 Select Widgets
Select Widgets
3 Tap and hold a widget then drag to your Home Screen to add
Drag Widget to home page
4 You can resize the widget by dragging your finger across the blue border. Once you are satisfied with the size and location of your widget tap on the home screen to apply the changes.
Adjust size of widgets
5 If you want to remove the widget from your home screen simply long press the widget and tap on Remove from Home
Removing Widget from home screen
6 If you would like to adjust the size or location of the widget or if Remove from Home is greyed out, you may have enabled Lock Home screen layout. To disable this setting head into your Settings > Disaplay > Home Screen > toggle off Lock Home screen layout
Home Screen lock - unable to move or remove Widgets from home screen
Android OS Version 9.0 (Pie)
1 Using two fingers, pinch the Home screen, or tap and long-hold the Home screen to access the Home screen settings.
2 Tap on Widgets.
Tap on Widgets.
3 Tap on the Widget you wish to add to your Home screen.

Please Note: The number at the top right of each item represents how many types of Widgets are available in that category.

Tap on the Widget you wish to add to your Home screen.
4 Tap, hold, then drag one of the specific Widgets you wish to add to your Home screen.
Drag widget to home screen
5 Re-size the widget by dragging your finger across the blue boarder around the widget. Once you are satisfied with the size and location tap out of the widget to apply the changes.
Ensure that you still have your finger held on the Widget. Move it around the Home screen and place it in an empty field.
6 If you choose to remove the widget from your home screen, simply long press the widget and drag towards the x Cancel button.
Long press widget and drage towards cancel button

 

If you are experiencing issues removing, changing its size and location of a widget or receiving the following pop-up message on Galaxy devices operating on Android OS Version 9.0 (Pie), you may have enabled Lock Home screen layout.

 

Can't move item. Home Screen layout locked error message

This setting will prevent items on your home screen from being removed or repositioned. To disable this setting head into your Settings > Display > Home Screen > Toggle off Lock Home screen layout.

If you require further assistance, please consult the user manual from our Manuals & Downloads page or contact our Samsung Care Australia experts on 1300 362 603 (Toll Free in Australia). You can also contact our Chat Support team or reach us through Samsung Members Community.

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