How to Add Widgets to Your Android Home Screen

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Android has a lot of benefits, and one of those is taking advantage of widgets. Widgets are essentially a way to give you quick access to information or actions in other apps without actually leaving your home screen.

For instance, a radio widget would let you fire up your music streaming straight from your home screen. You wouldn’t have to open your favorite radio app or music streaming app when you can just fire your choice selection up from the home screen.

Adding widgets

Android widgets guide

Adding a widget to your home screen is extremely easy. On most phones, you can long-press on any available space on your home screen. Here’s the steps you need to take:

Step 1: Long-press on any available space on your home screen. This will open up a menu.

Step 2: This menu will give you a couple of options, but you’ll want to choose “Widgets.” On some phones, the widget panel will open up right away. On other phones, the Widgets tab is bundled with your App Drawer, so you’ll just have to open up your App Drawer and move to the second “Widgets” tab.

Step 3: From the list you’re given, you can drag a widget by long-pressing and then dragging it to any available space.

Android widgets tips

Keep in mind that the widget will need enough room available on the home screen. For example, some widgets will take a 4×2 block of your home screen while some widgets will take a 1×1 space, just like an application might.

Recently the Google Now Launcher switched to a scrolling format and grouped the widgets more closely together, which makes it much easier to browse than the previous method which collated them across multiple pages. Some custom skins like TouchWiz even group the widgets in a handy categorization format, so pay attention to the layout for your particular device.

Getting more widgets

Best Android widgets

Finding more widgets is also quite easy. It just takes a quick trip to the Play Store on your phone. Open the Play Store app, and you can simply search for “widgets.”

You should find individual widgets available and even packs of widgets. Also, when you download certain apps, usually they’ll come with their own widget as well. With either option, these are automatically added to the widgets menu and can be added by following the steps above.

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