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

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 customisable, 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

 
1 On the home screen, tap and hold on an available space.
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2 Tap widgets
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3 Select the widget you want. You will need to press and hold it to select it.

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.

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4 Drag and drop the widget onto the available space
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5 The widget is now displayed
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Adjusting a widget


PLEASE NOTE: that not all devices support this feature.


To adjust the widget size, you will need to tap and hold the widget. A blue box will appear around the widget, at this point you can use the sliders to resize it.

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Deleting a widget

 

To delete a widget from a Home screen touch and hold on the widget. Drag the widget to the Remove (delete) 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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