How to Create a Contact Widget on Your Android Tablet

The people you contact most often are deserving of their own icons on your Android tablet’s Home screen. You just don’t realize how useful such a thing is until you have one.

To create a contact screen shortcut, follow these steps:

  1. At the Home screen, touch the Apps icon.

  2. Choose the Widgets category from the top of the screen.

  3. Long-press the Contact widget and position it on the Home screen.

  4. Choose a contact from the Contacts list.

    Preferably, choose someone whom you frequently and electronically contact.

An icon representing the contact appears on the screen. If the contact has an associated picture, you see the picture. Otherwise, you see a generic contact icon, but it has a teeny menu indicator in the lower-right corner. If you touch the widget, a menu appears, displaying a list of quick tasks for the contact.

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Choose a quick task for a contact by touching the task’s icon. For some contacts with lots of quick tasks, you may have to scroll the quick tasks left or right to see them all.

The number of quick task icons that appears for a contact depends on how much information you have available for the contact, such as e-mail address; cell phone number (for texting); or linked contacts for Facebook, Skype, Twitter, and so on.

  • To hide the quick contact information, simply touch another part of the Home screen or touch the Back icon.

  • A contact’s Facebook status may appear below the name.

  • Just touch the contact screen widget to see the quick tasks. When you long-press the widget, the tablet believes that you want to move or delete the icon.

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