Droid Bionic: Put Widgets on Your Home Screen - dummies

Droid Bionic: Put Widgets on Your Home Screen

The Droid Bionic Home screen is the place where you can find widgets, or tiny, interactive information windows. A widget often provides a gateway into another app, or displays information such as status updates, the currently playing song, or the weather. To add a widget to the Home screen, heed these steps:

  1. Switch to a Home screen panel that has room enough for the new widget.

    Unlike app icons, some widgets can occupy more than a postage-stamp-size piece of real estate on the Home screen.

  2. Long-press the Home screen and choose Widgets.

  3. From the list, choose the widget you want to add.

    For example, choose the Power Control widget to get quick access to several popular phone features, such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth or other settings you often turn on or off.

The widget is plopped on the Home screen. The variety of available widgets depends on the applications you have installed. Some applications come with widgets; some don’t. More widgets are available at the Android Market.

Icons and widgets aren’t fastened to the Home screen; you can easily rearrange and remove unwanted items from any Home screen panel.

Press and hold an icon on the Home screen to move it. Eventually, the icon seems to lift and break free, as shown in this figure.


You can drag a free icon to another position on the Home screen or to another Home screen panel, or you can drag it to the Trash icon that appears at the top of the Home screen, which deletes the shortcut. Widgets can also be moved or removed in the same manner as icons.

When you drag an icon to the bottom of the screen, where the Dock is shown in the figure, the icon replaces one of the three Dock items. The Dock items appear on all Home screen panels. (You cannot replace the Launcher icon on the Dock.)

  • Dragging a Home screen icon or widget to the Trash removes the icon or widget from the Home screen. It doesn’t uninstall the application or widget; the app can still be found on the App menu, and the widget can once again be added to the Home screen.

  • You cannot drag an icon off the Dock. You can only replace a Dock icon with a new icon.

  • When an icon hovers over the Trash, ready to be deleted, its color changes to red.