How to Add Widgets to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Home Screen - dummies

How to Add Widgets to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Home Screen

By Dan Gookin

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s 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 song that’s playing, or the weather forecast. 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 Apps and Widgets.

    You’re taken to the Applications screen, which you could have also arrived at by touching the Apps icon on the Home screen.

  3. Touch the Widgets tab.

  4. Scroll the list of widgets to choose the one you want to add.

    For example, choose the Calendar widget to see an overview of your schedule on the Home screen.

  5. Drag the widget to the Home screen.

    At this point, the operation works just like adding an app. One major difference, however, is that some widgets can be very big. Room must be available on the Home screen panel 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. Drag the edges or corners of that rectangle to resize the widget.


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