How to Add Widgets to Your Nexus 7 Home Screen - dummies

How to Add Widgets to Your Nexus 7 Home Screen

A widget works like a tiny, interactive or informative window, often providing a gateway into another app on the Nexus 7. Just as you can add apps to the Home screen, you can also add widgets.

The Nexus 7 comes with a smattering of widgets preaffixed to the Home screen, possibly just to show you how they can be used. That includes one massive widget, the my Library widget, appearing on the center Home screen.

You can place even more widgets on the Home screen by following these steps:

  1. Touch the All Apps button on the Home screen.

  2. Touch the Widgets category atop the screen.

    Or just scroll the list of apps to the left until you see widgets displayed.

    The widgets appear on the All Apps screen in little preview windows.

  3. Scroll the list to find the widget you want to add.

    Some widgets, such as the contact widgets, are icon-size. Some are quite large. That’s okay — you can resize widgets.

    A great widget to add is the Power Control widget, which contains options for changing popular settings on the Nexus 7.


  4. Long-press the widget, and drag it to a Home screen panel.

    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. Some widgets come independently of any application.

  • The Home screen panel must have room for the widget or else the tablet doesn’t let you plop down the widget. Choose another panel, or remove icons or widgets to make room.

  • The Nexus 7 has widgets for contacts, bookmarks, and navigation. On other Android devices, these widgets would be called shortcuts. On your tablet, they’re widgets.

  • More widgets are available at the Google Play Store.