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

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 widgetClick to Expand
1 On the home screen, tap and hold on any available space.
Tap and hold empty space on home screen on Samsung Galaxy smartphone
2 Tap "Widgets".
Tap Widgets on Samsung Galaxy smartphone
3 Tap and hold the widget you would like to add.

If you're looking for the Google Search bar, you will need to tap Google or Google Search, then tap and hold the Google Search bar widget.

Tap and hold to add widget on Samsung Galaxy smartphone
4 Drag and drop the widget onto the available space.
Drag and drop the widget on Samsung Galaxy smartphone
Adjusting the widget settingsClick to Expand
1 Tap and hold the widget.
2 Tap "Widget settings".
Tap Widget Settings on Samsung Galaxy smartphone
3 Select your preferred settings.

For example, slide the bar left or right to adjust the transparency of the widget's background.

Slide the bar left or right to adjust widget transparency on Samsung Galaxy smartphone
4 Press the return arrow to exit the widget settings menu.
Adjusting the size of a widgetClick to Expand
1 Tap and hold the widget.
2 A blue box will appear around the widget. Drag the box to increase or decrease the size of the widget.
Tag the box to adjust widget size on Samsung Galaxy smartphone
3 Tap the space around the blue box to save.
Tap the space around the box to save widget on Samsung Galaxy smartphone

Please note: Not all devices will let you resize widgets.

Deleting a widgetClick to Expand
1 Tap and hold the widget.
2 Tap "Remove from home".

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.

Tap Remove from Home to remove widget from home screen on Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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