This brief tutorial will show you how to add and/or remove Widgets to/from your Android home screen.
- On your Android home screen, tap any blank or “empty” area and hold down your finger.
- An Add to Home screen window will pop up. From that window, tap Widgets.
- You’ll be presented with a list of all the installed Widgets on your Android device. Select the one you want to add to your home screen by tapping it. In this example, I’ll be adding the Calendar widget.
- Now the widget will appear on your home screen. Tap the widget and hold down your finger again – this time you can “drag” it to the location on the screen you want it to reside.
- Should you decide you want to remove the widget from your home screen, tap it and hold your finger down. You’ll notice that the “slider” that normally brings up all of your installed programs turns into a “Trash can”.
- Drag the widget to that trash can. Both the widget and the trash can will turn red. At this point, let go of the widget (release your finger). That will “drop” it in the trash. Note: this does not actually uninstall the widget. It just removes it from your home screen. Should you ever decide to add it again, it will be there waiting for you.
- If you’re using a newer version of the Android OS, the “Trash can” might be located on a different place on your Home screen. In the screenshot below, you’ll see what it looks like using Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on a tablet.
- That’s it – the widget has been removed from your home screen.
Due to the large number of Android phones and tablets, the screenshots used in this tutorial will probably not match your device exactly. With that said, they’re similar enough that you shouldn’t have any trouble following along.