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How to resize widgets on your Android phone

Master the use of widgets by sizing them to make the best use of your Android phone's screen.

A "widget" is the term Android uses to describe a different way of getting information from an app or interfacing with it. They're technically app extensions that sit on your phone's home screen.

Android widgets offer a variety of cool functions to make things easier. A widget could let you control your favourite music app, show your day's appointments in a single list or even auto-update weather information as you move around and the day progresses.

They're an important and valuable part of the Android operating system, so here are some ways to ensure you're getting the best from them.

How to install widgets

Press down on any blank space on your Android phone's home screen and hold for a short time. You'll get a "helicopter view" showing all the home screens plus options for Wallpapers, Widgets and Settings.

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Tap on "Widgets" (obviously) and from there you'll see a list of widgets available from the apps you have installed.

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    Not every app offers a widget, but the ones you do have access to will be in alphabetical order. You might also see some widget options for the same app. For example, a calendar app might have a widget for a single day, a week and a whole month.

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    Press and hold on the one you want and you'll be able to drag and drop it on the page where you want it to sit. This lets you group your widgets thematically or just front load your home screens with the more useful ones to make them easier to access.

    Resizing widgets

    You can make quite a few changes to your widgets after you've placed them to get them in the perfect shape and position to be the most useful.

    Once again, just press and hold on the widget you have on your home screen. You'll be able to move it around, and when you let go, a solid border will appear with little dots. You can drag these to resize the widget. This is helpful especially for clock and calendar widgets. (And for anyone who just likes a neat and symmetrical screen.)

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    Get rid of widgets

    All done with that app, or just don't want a cluttered page anymore? Press and hold the widget and in addition to moving it around the screen, you can bring it up to the "remove" option. Once it's there, simply let go and it's all gone.

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