One of the best features that Android devices have is called “Widgets“. It’s a great way to have more information available to you at first glance, rather than relying on Notifications or ‘badges‘ like you see on iOS devices. Sure, they let you know that something is new within that app, but it doesn’t give you a glimpse on what that really is without either pulling down your Notification bar, or opening up the app. If you’re a busy body like me, and need to get the information fast, widgets are the way to go!
To add a widget to your screen(s), simply follow the steps below. One thing to remember however is that you won’t be able to add a widget to a screen that doesn’t have the space for it. For that reason, you’ll need to make sure there’s some free space on your screen. If you have no free space available, you’ll need to decide on what needs to be deleted to make room. To delete a widget, or any app shortcut for that matter, simply Press and Hold it until you see a ‘Trash Bin‘ on the top or bottom of your screen. Once you see it, still holding the widget or shortcut, drag it over top of the trash bin. That’s it.
1) To add a widget, you can either Press the Menu/Settings button on your device, then Press “Add”. The second method, and easiest, is to Press and Hold anywhere in an open area on your screen.
2) Once you’ve done either of the steps above, you’ll see something like the image above, where you can Press “Widgets”.
3) Now that you’ve pressed “Widgets”, you’ll see something just like what you see to the right—>, depending on what apps you have installed on your device if course. Most people have YouTube installed, so now you can Press “YouTube” for the sake of this tutorial.
4) Once you’ve pressed that app, or any app of your choosing, it will place that app’s Widget onto the screen you started with just as you see below.
5) If you decide you’d like to move that widget to another location on that same screen, simply Press and Hold the widget just like you were going to delete it above. Rather than drag it over the ‘Trash Bin’ though, you can drag it to any open spot on your screen and release. The same can be done to move it to another screen simply by dragging it to the left or right edge while still pressing and holding the widget until you see the screen advance over.
*Not all apps come with ‘Widgets’ unfortunately. if you come across an app that you feel should have a widget, do the developer of that app a favor and make a comment within the Android Market on your device for that app suggesting widgets. The Developers of Android apps are usually quite keen on user requests and most times deliver in a future update.
You can review that app (and any app) by opening you Android Market app, then press “Settings–>MyApps–> then the app you wish to review or comment on. Once you find it, scroll down to where it says “rate & review“.
Love thy Widgets!