How do I add Widgets?

Last modified : Jun 28. 2019

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: Screenshots were captured from a Galaxy S10 operating on Android OS Version 9.0 (Pie). Steps and settings available may vary depending on your Galaxy device and Android OS Version.

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.

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