How to add widgets on an Android device and resize them on your home screen

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You can add widgets on an Android to improve your user experience with the device. Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider


For Android users, widgets are a great way to add customisation to your home screen based on your needs.

The feature provides conveniences such as app shortcuts, more prominent notifications, and easy-to-digest snapshots of information that is continuously updated throughout the day. Some can even be resized to show more or less data, depending on what you want to see from the app.

With just a few easy steps, you can add widgets on Android to begin personalizing your device’s home screen. Here’s how.

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How to add widgets on an Android

1. Press firmly on an empty space on your home screen.

2. A window will pop up. Tap “Widgets.”

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Tap on ‘Widgets’ to access a list of widgets you can add to your home screen. Christina Liao/Business Insider

3. You’ll be brought to a menu that displays all of the available widgets based on the apps you’ve downloaded onto your phone.

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The list of apps with widgets is arranged alphabetically. You’ll find that some apps have more than one widget to choose from. Christina Liao/Business Insider

4. Press firmly on the widget you’d like to add. You’ll then be brought back to the home screen where you can drag the widget around to locate a spot for it. Once you’ve found a desirable space, drop the widget by letting your finger go from the screen.

How to resize a widget on an Android’s home screen

1. For resizable widgets, press firmly on the widget on your home screen.

2. A white box with circular adjustment markers will appear around the widget. Slide them in or out to make the widget smaller or larger, respectively.

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Drag the circles in or out to make the widget smaller or larger. Christina Liao/Business Insider

3. Once you’re done, tap on a space outside the widget to complete the resize and lock it into place.

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