Since I took my first steps towards Android in 2009, I have often happened to meet nophytes who wonder how to do this or that. To help them, I therefore decided to write a simple tutorial in which I explain what a widget is and how to place it on the home screen or locked of your Android device.
Many applications offer widgets, that is, access to a functionality directly from the home screen. The best known are undoubtedly the mto widgets which allow you to have an overview of time and temperature directly from a small window
Install a widget with KitKat or a more recent version
(Are therefore concerned the Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat, Oro and Pie versions)
Android 4.4 KitKat has made several changes and some users have found it difficult to navigate. No worries, the ability to add a widget to the home screen has not been removed, but only moved.
To install a widget from KitKat or higher:
- Place yourself on an empty space where you want to add it
- Long press on this empty space
- From the options that appear, choose Widgets to choose the widget you want.
- Once chosen, tap it to add it to the home screen
For those who have known the Android OS for a long time, you will notice that Google is back to basics since very old versions of Android also allowed to install widgets from the desktop. At the time, keeping your finger pressed on an empty part of the home screen also offered to display the widgets, except that they were not shown in preview, but in the form of a scrolling list vertical.
If you have problems with your widget, we remind you that our forum is at your disposal!
Install a widget with Jelly Bean or an older version
With Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or an older version, it is certainly possible to add widgets but the method may vary depending on the manufacturer's interface. Sony, for example, did not wait for KitKat to allow its users to add widgets from the desktop. Many others, however, do things differently. Here's how to do it:
- Open the drawer where your applications are located
- Click on the Widget tab at the top right (next to "Applications")
- Choose the widget you want and press and hold it
- Position it where you want
Voil, you know everything! It was pretty simple, right?
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