Are you taking advantage of the widgets available on your phone? There are many reasons why using widgets can make your screen time more productive. A widget is a convenient shortcut to a larger application already installed on your device. They provide you with quick access to information without requiring you to open the full app that manages the information. The best example is the one that’s probably my favorite: Google Search. If you’ve got that little search bar on one of your home screens, you’re using a widget!
Some common widgets include clocks, alarm clocks, timers, weather notifications, health widgets like step counters, news headlines, calendars, music players and so many more. Many display streaming information across your cellphone screen without having to fully launch an app—for instance, your local weather report, or important news updates.
Widgets come in all shapes and sizes, are customizable, and are so handy for streamlining the process of using the apps on your phone. The steps below outline how to use widgets by finding and adding them to your cell phone screen.
- Swipe right over your Home Screen or Lock screen to get to the Today View
- Scroll down and tap Edit.
- You’ll see the widget options there. Tap the plus sign to add one to your screen. To move it around, tap the menu icon and drag.
On Android smartphones:
- Find a blank space on one of your home screens.
- Press and hold until you see the option for Widgets appear on the screen.
- Tap Widgets, then scroll through the options.
- Select and hold the widget you want.
Take a look at all of the widgets your device offers. You’re sure to find at least one that will make using it even easier. With just a little effort, you can turn a home screen into a handy, easy-to-use dashboard for the most important things you do on your phone.