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Adding Widgets 

Widgets are probably one of the coolest features of Android devices, and developers seem to love them as much as the users do. When installing an application, not only do you receive the application but often times you are also gaining some widgets along with it and these usually offer users quick and easy access to various features of the application. Adding, moving and removing widgets from any of your home screens is quite simple, so let's take a look at how it is done.

  1. Either long press an empty space on your home screen, or press "menu" then "add."
  2. Select "widgets" and allow the list to load
  3. Select "widget" from the list by tapping on it (if there are settings they will then pop up)

From here you can move the widgets around by simply long pressing on any of them and then dragging them, like they are an icon. Widgets can be removed from your home screen by long pressing the widget and dragging it to the top, or bottom (depending on your launcher) until it turns red, and then letting go of it. 

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Android 101: How to add and remove widgets


On the Samsung Galaxie S3, drag it to the bottom right corner. Thanks for your information, because until I read your article, I had no idea as to where to even start. This is the first smart phone I've ever owned and have a lot to learn. So far, I love it!

This method of restoring my Kindle shortcut did NOT work on my Droid Razr Maxx. Any other suggestions, I really need this shortcut?

This method of restoring my Kindle shortcut did NOT work on my Droid Razr Maxx. Any other suggestions, I really need this shortcut?

I am soooo sick of this. How can you get excited about moving a widget to the back of the bus. It doesn't belong there! Delete means to get rid of completely, not store it behind all the apps. How do I DELETE widgets?

I agree... these experts are not reading the word "DELETE".. moving is not deleting....i, too, want to DELETE a widget from my phone, not move it, not put it in a trash can so it appears on another screen.... I WANT TO REMOVE ITS CODE FROM MY PHONE !! I want NO trace of it left on the storage, memory, cloud, or cache of my phone. the best of all worlds would be to connect my samsung to my pc and use a software interface to surgically remove extentions and android files that reference the offending widget... i have tried a half dozen pc-2-android file managers but none can pinpoint the exact android file components that support the widget. consumer evolution will eventually bring this task within easy reach of every user, its just that the android creators dont think that consumers should be smart enough to want to be given options like this.. the real smart people are already doing this.. They just dont have a reason to visit a blog like this.

My widgets won't move anymore. I've used to just press down on them and move them to the trash. They won't do that anymore? Anyone having the same problem? Or possibly another way to move them?

I have a widget that doesn't belong to anything.
It won't let me remove it when I bring it up to the trash.
I want it gone completely. I deleted the app many months ago.