Useful Android widgets and how to install them

Widgets are links on your home screen that are linked to an app on your phone. These handy Android widgets make it possible to see your latest emails, check the weather or open your contacts at a glance. This article will show you how to install a widget and which widgets are useful to have.

It is of course useful to first make a list of useful Android widgets to install. These widgets are made to make your life as easy, but in some cases as beautiful as possible.

Keep in mind that many of the apps you have on your phone also offer a widget for your home screen. This way you don't have to search through all your apps to open the NS travel planner or to be informed of the latest news.

Zooper Widget

With the Zooper Widget you can make your own design of your home screen. The free app offers the possibility to adjust everything to your taste. There are a lot of layouts available of, for example, a clock, your agenda or the weather.

Tap the widget to customize everything to your liking, from color to size, content and layout, everything is possible! (Android)

Gmail Widget

If you like to keep an eye on your mail, the Gmail widget is a handy thing to have. You can choose which folder you want to sync and it will automatically show your latest emails. From the home screen you can therefore easily answer all your pressing emails (or view the latest Groupon deals). (Android)

home delivery

If you don't like cooking or are simply not good at it, home delivery is of course a handy app. They also offer a widget that gives you a direct overview of the restaurants you have designated as favourites. A click on the restaurant and you immediately fall into the menu. Ordering a pizza has never been so easy! (Android)

Animated Photo Widget

If you like taking photos, you like to have your children or grandchildren on your screen as often as possible or just want to see how the photos of your cappuccino actually differ from each other, then the animated photo widget is a must. You set a folder yourself from which the photos are loaded or you just select a few photos. You can then set how many seconds the photos change and which frame you want around them. (Android)


Whatsapp also offers a widget so that you can read your latest apps at a glance. Handy about this is that if you read these, they will not be marked as read yet, so no blue check marks! Then you can decide later whether you want to respond or not. (Android)

sticky notes

With the Sticky notes widget you create a folder on your home screen in which all kinds of digital post-its are stored. Choose the color of your post-it yourself, write on it what you should not forget and add a nice scribble. That way you keep all your thoughts together in an orderly manner and it still looks cozy too. In addition, a plus of this widget is that you can make the folder on your home screen very small, so that it hardly takes up space. (Android)

Glass widgets

If you would like to have everything in one place, so: weather, agenda, time, news updates and date, but don't feel like all kinds of frills and fuss like Zooper offers, then the Glass widgets are for you. The design is simple and by tapping on the various elements in the widget, you can easily adjust the separate components to your taste. (Android)

to install

Now that we've covered some useful widgets, it's time to install them. That is surprisingly simple. All widgets can be found in Google Play and can be downloaded from there. You install them on your home screen by just holding down the page there. You will then automatically be given the option to create an extra page to place your widgets on, or you can place the widget on an already existing page of your smartphone.

Under the heading 'widgets' you will find all the widgets that are available on your phone and that you have just downloaded. You can then easily place it by holding down your thumb on the widget itself and then dragging it to a desired location.

You can easily adjust the size after placing it by holding down your thumb on the widget itself and choosing 'resize'.

You can personalize and configure most widgets the moment you place them on your home screen. Briefly press the relevant widget once to open the settings or open the corresponding app and make your changes there.

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