How to add widgets to your Android home screen


Android has a lot of benefits, and one of those is taking advantage of widgets. Widgets are essentially a way to give you quick access to information or actions in other apps without actually leaving your home screen. For instance, a radio widget would let you fire up your music streaming straight from your home screen. You wouldn’t have to open your favorite radio app or music streaming app when you can just fire your choice selection up from the home screen.

Join us after the break to learn how to use widgets!

Adding widgets

Adding a widget to your home screen is extremely easy. On most phones, you can long-press on any available space on your home screen. Here’s the steps you need to take:


Step 1: Long-press on any available space on your home screen. This will open up a menu.

Step 2: This menu will give you a couple of options, but you’ll want to choose “Widgets.” On some phones, the widget panel will open up right away. On other phones, the Widgets tab is bundled with your App Drawer, so you’ll just have to open up your App Drawer and move to the second “Widgets” tab.


Step 3: From the list you’re given, you can drag a widget by long-pressing and then dragging it to any available space.

Keep in mind that the widget will need enough room available on the home screen. For example, some widgets will take a 4×2 block of your home screen while some widgets will take a 1×1 space, just like an application might.

Getting more widgets

Finding more widgets is also quite easy. It just takes a quick trip to the Play Store on your phone. Open the Play Store app, and you can simply search for “widgets.” You should find individual widgets available and even packs of widgets. Also, when you download certain apps, usually they’ll come with their own widget as well. With either option, these are automatically added to the widgets menu and can be added by following the steps above.

If you need some additional help, be sure to leave a comment in the comments section below!

About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.

  • Mohammad

    Thanks for the tips. been looking for a while for it.

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    • Raaj

      I can’t to add widgets in micromax a35 bolt !!! plz any one help to add the widgets..!!

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  • alindroid3

    thank you for this tip…… BUT….i have a little problem i wish some of you guys gets the solution…..i have galaxy s2 with tw launcher i love that launcher but i can’t change the widgets on the lower line (it’s icons still the same contacts and msgs and call with home screen)and i want to change it.

    can u please help me for doing that

  • infoc

    Thank you

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  • aditya

    HEy! its not woking for me !my Phone is ZEN M45 ! plzz say me how to do i can’t able to do it! plzz any one help me!

  • anjana

    thank u.

  • Hi everyone, we just posted a somewhat similar guide on our website which includes screenshots if any of you are wondering what it may look like when adding the widget.
    Kind Regards Akosta Apps

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  • Al_shariff2

    ممتأذ حدا جدا مع سمعات البلوتوث طبعا

  • Trawen

    thank you

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  • Tbhinsley

    Suddenly all my widgets disappeared from my home screen and I can’t add them back again either by tapping or by using a menu I musta changed a setting but I don’t know how or how to fix it.

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  • Jtomas6375

    Paid for it, but not working at all and can not do what’s sugested. Not happy at all.

  • ricardi

    Why not work whit android 4.0

  • viktor paskal

    Can I have my refund plz it is not working on my droide razor

  • Ravindra

    Its not working on droid 2.3

  • Brant

    I need help. Is it possible to restore a phone to the previous status before receiving the upgrade. I just recently upgraded with new widgets, but these people failed to warn us that certain standard apps like adobe flash player would not upgrade for android phones past 4.0 and higher. My phone fits that category. I no longer have adobe, can’t watch NFL highights anymore, can’t watch news clips anymore, also physical mailing address info was removed from my phone contact and i can download files for pdf storage but my phone will not open the file. Please, can anybody help? I feel that there were certain things on our phones that were changed and “fixed” that were fine and never broken in the first place.

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  • cd man

    Galaxy tab 7 plus
    ممتاز جدا جدا في تشغيل الصوتيات و الفيديو مع سماعات المونو
    وتمت تجربته مع اليوتيوب و البالتوك …. بنجاح

    – Very good to hear the audio and video if Mono headsets. And has been tested successfully.

  • Sundaramoorthy

    It is not working properly on Galaxy s2. It is working when playing some video, but not working for audio player.

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  • beat201292

    When I press on an empty space the menu is for changing the backround settings.. I posess an android tablet by onda.. soo I’m kinda confused here!

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  • :°(

    i installed widgets from android market on my phone, but in the menu of widgets appear only the first widgets, those that come with the phone… i have a vodafone phone.please help

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  • Glennw Woods

    I have tablet HP slate 7 and I paid but I still can’t make it load. I have code

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  • Terry Edge

    Trying to load an opened calendar on my home screen, all my widgits are hidden? How can I unhide my widgits and/ or place an opened calendar on my home screen? I’ve tried the drag and drop thing, got a closed calendar nothing else.


    I have an android phone made by lg and I can’t find the widgets on my phone to add to my home screen?

  • Rob

    Can you please stop these stupid articles? They are nothing but padding to get the writers post count up. This seems to be a theme. There is/will also be one about taking screenshots, how to change ringtones etc. Pure nonsense. Just create a beginners guide, with all these in one place, and link/repost it when appropriate, not every time a new phone gets released.

  • Catherine McCarthy Pansey

    For some Reason the contacts on my home screen, no longer show first names. Instead they only show the initial in a circle. Very annoyed. Can’t seem to edit. I deleted and readded one and still only a big initial in a circle. It is an Android phone. Any suggestions?

  • Thomas Gilewicz

    Hi I lost my play store widget on home screen of a samsung galaxy s6 anybody how do I get it back.

  • Debbie F Corwin

    I have lost at the very bottom my widget for my phone Samsung-SGH-1747. It was green square with a white frame and a phone receiver in the middle. I have looked everywhere for it. I can’t make call without it…I looked in apps, play store and it’s not there? HELP?

  • LG_stylus_2_Plus

    LG Stylus 2 Plus widget button :

    The “Long-press on any available space on home screen” will not show the widget button. You may have different “Home” settings. Please go to Tools -> Settings -> Display -> Home Screen -> General -> Select Home
    from there you choose “Home”. After that, go back to home screen and long-press on any available space, then you can see the widget button.