How to remove Android widgets

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How to remove Android widgets
Removing Android widgets (Getty Thinkstock)

Widgets are special apps embedded into the home screen of an Android phone. Most Android owners customise their home screen by having at least one or two widgets. There are many types to choose from including calendar widgets, weather widgets, news widgets, stock market widgets and social media widgets. Each has a unique functionality and appearance. Although a widget might look like a standard app, it is not. Apps are static icons that serve to open a separate window, whereas widgets are "live" within the home screen. Phone owners can easily add and remove widgets. Follow these instructions to remove a widget in seconds.

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Things you need

  • An Android phone

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  1. 1

    On the Android home screen, press down with your finger on the widget that you want to delete

  2. 2

    Continue to press the widget until a trash can icon appears at the bottom of the screen (or at the top of the screen depending on the launcher)

  3. 3

    Drag the widget over the trash can. When both the widget and the trash can turn red, release your finger. Doing so drops the widget into the trash can

  4. 4

    To permanently delete the widget from the phone and not just from the home screen, select the Menu soft key then hit Settings, Applications and Manage Applications

  5. 5

    Select the widget you want to permanently remove and press the Uninstall option.

Tips and warnings

  • Some Android phone owners prefer to run just a few widgets at once as widgets can use up a lot a phone’s resources, bandwidth and battery life

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