All About Widgets: Using Application Extensions to Save Time, Money and Effort

Widgets are great for giving you quick access to information on your smartphone without having to open the app itself. These clever shortcuts make navigation easier and save time, which is why you want to learn about widgets and how to make the most of them.

Here is a look at why widgets are useful and how to install them on your home screen. Plus details on how to add them and navigation tips for phone.

Everything you need on your home screen

A widget is an application extension and is often an integral part of a larger application that has already been installed on your phone. For example, if you place a calendar widget on the home screen of your smartphone, you can simply tap the icon and access the calendar information without having to open up the calendar app itself.

This makes it quicker and easier to go to your favorite apps without having to leave the home screen.

Easy to add

It is a simple process to add a widget to your home screen and most phones allow you to add them in the same way, so once you get the hang of how to add one, just repeat the trick each time you want another one.

If you want to try this app about the weather for example and decide to use it regularly on your phone, it makes sense to add a widget to your home screen for it. This way, you can open it up instantly without having to find the application through the menu options.

A few simple steps

If you have an android phone, you will find that most makes and models will let you add a widget in the same way.

All you have to do is long-press on any available space on your home screen where you want the widget to go. This will open up a menu with a couple of options, but the one you want to choose is widgets.

The only difference between phones at this point is that the widget panels opens up immediately on some models, but with others, you might have to choose the App Drawer option and then move to the Widgets tab.

All you have to do to complete the process of adding it to your home screen is drag your chosen widget by holding down on the icon and releasing your press once it’s in the chosen spot on your screen.

The only time this might not work straight away is if the widget takes up too much room where you want it to go. If this happens, look for another suitable space on your home screen and drag the icon there instead.

Add more widgets

Once you get the hang of adding widgets and decide that you would like to add some more on your phone, visit the Play Store and search for the widget you want.

Deleting a widget that you no longer want on your phone is easy too. Just touch and hold the widget and drag it to the trashcan icon at the top of your screen. Release your hold to send it to the bin, but remember that it will still be available in the widgets tab if you change your mind and want it back at any time.

Mary Brays is a stay-at-home Mommy of 4 precious kids. She loves technology, cooking, writing of course, and shares her tips and views on all of these topics and more.

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