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How to Add Home Screen Widgets on Your Android Phone

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How to Add Widgets to Your Android Home Screen
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Widgets provide a quick look at an installed app with access to streaming information, settings and a shortcut to launch the program. Having widgets on your Home screen gives you a quick glance at the app running in the background.

  1. Long press   (touch and hold your finger down) on any open spot on one of your Home screen pages.  This will bring up a list of options.
  2. Touch Widgets from the list of choices.
  3. Scroll through your list of installed widgets and select the widget you want to add to your Home screen.
  4. Adjust the widget settings if required. Some widgets have size and frequency settings.

If you are looking for a particular widget, search the Android Market for the widget you want to add to your desktop. Try out a few news or weather widgets to get used to their operation.

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