You’ve probably heard of widgets by now. But do you really know what they are and how to use them?
Practically since the beginning of the Google mobile platform, the adaptability was one of the strengths of Android compared to other operating systems. Google itself wanted to make this advantage clear in the first Android versions, for example through functions such as the ability to change aspects of the start screen, including the widgets.
At this point, unless you’re just starting out with Android, Widgets shouldn’t be new to you. However, sometimes we forget the great potential that these little accessories offer for our homescreen.
What is a widget?
According to the statement from Google, Widgets are an essential element of customizing the Android home screen. You are used to Display information from the screen without having to access the application associated with each widget.
In some cases, Widgets not only display information, but can also be interacted withso that you can perform various actions from the home screen, such as: B. Activate or deactivate options or device settings.
Many widgets are also customizable, which makes it easier Give the home screen of your smartphone or tablet a unique look. And in case customization options aren’t included, most Android launchers have the ability to easily resize them.
How to add a widget to your mobile home screen
The process of adding a widget to the home screen is extremely simple and, by and large, is the same as what we did at add an app shortcut. To do this, just select the location you want to add and follow these steps:
- Long press the blank space on the home screen where you want to add the widget.
- Click on “Widget” in the drop-down menu.
- Drag the widget you want to add into the blank area where you want to place it.
And that’s it. Follow these simple steps the widget is added to the home screen, and it is always possible to resize or change its position with a long press.
7 widgets we recommend using on your phone
- Monthly calendar
- Home agenda
- Another widget
- HD widgets are available in Google Play Thousands of apps including widgets which allows you to get even more of its features, and just look in the widget menu on your home screen to see it. However, we also find some apps that are solely used to display information on the screen through widgets. Here are some of our favorites from both categories:
Back then, we selected it as one of the best calendar widgets to use on Android. Monthly calendar widget is a customizable and easy-to-use app that allows you to add a calendar or agenda to the mobile home screen and choose from various custom styles.
Another awesome agenda widget voted one of the best apps of 2018 by the 24enews team. Home Agenda is one of the newest apps from famous developer F. Franco.
Another very good app with even better widgets is Hurry. This makes it possible to keep an eye on important events and appointments, as it is responsible for the display countdown Days, weeks or months that separate us from each of the entries. Both the design of the app and that of the widgets are thought out down to the smallest detail and since it can be downloaded for free, we can only recommend it.
Along with the 2017 Google Pixel 2, a new widget style was introduced on the home screen that made it possible for us take a quick look at the date, our upcoming calendar events or the weather, among other things. Initially, the widget was exclusive to Google’s Pixel phones, so developer Tommaso Berlose decided to create it Another widget, an app that allows you to bring the same addition to any mobile phone, with the advantage that it can be customized to your liking.
If you can’t live without knowing what the weather is doing tomorrow Overdrop is the weather app you need on your phone. Not only is it the most carefully crafted weather app in all of Google Play, but it also includes a variety of home screen widgets.
There is also the possibility Design our own custom widgets, and give them the functionality we want. Few apps are better suited for this than Kustom Widget Maker or KWGT. The app provides us with all the tools we need to Create widgets of all kinds, and even use those created by the community of users.
But if creating widgets isn’t for you, you can always hit the Classic HD widgets, an app that has been with us for several years and includes by default 100+ widgets to add to the home screen, that doesn’t all count Skins created by the municipality.
This is just a small collection of Useful widgets for your Android phone. If you’re looking for even more, we recommend checking out our list of the best Android widgets available.
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