How to Add Widgets to the Android Phone Home Screen - dummies

How to Add Widgets to the Android Phone Home Screen

By Dan Gookin

The Home screen of your Android is the place where you can find widgets, or tiny, interactive information windows. A widget often provides a gateway to another app or displays information such as status updates, the name of the song that’s playing, or the weather. To add a widget to the Home screen, heed these steps:

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

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

  2. Long-press the Home screen and choose the Widget or Widgets command or icon.

    If necessary, touch the Widgets tab atop the screen to peruse widgets.

  3. Find the widget you want to add.

    Swipe the screen to browse widgets. They’re listed by name, but you also see a tiny widget preview.

  4. Long-press the widget and drag it to a Home screen page to add that widget.

    At this point, the operation is similar to adding an app. One major difference, however, is that some widgets can be very big. Room must be available on the Home screen page or you won’t be able to add the widget.

Some widgets may require additional setup after you add them, such as setting a few quick options. You might also see a resize rectangle around the widget, similar to what’s shown.


Drag the edges or corners of that rectangle to resize the widget.

  • Most phones let you browse widgets from the apps drawer; choose the Widgets tab from the top of the screen or keep swiping the screen left until you start viewing widgets.

  • The variety of available widgets depends on the apps you have installed. Some applications come with widgets; some don’t.

  • A great widget to add is the Power Control widget.