Add, Delete and Move Widgets on the Home Screen of Samsung Galaxy S5

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This article is part of the VisiHow series of tips and tricks on how to use the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Widgets are applications that run on the Home screen. Unlike application shortcuts, you can run midgets right on the Home screen without opening a new page, window or leaving Home screen. Widgets can be very useful as it provides data information at a glance. You can also do actions with the midget right on your device's Home screen. Most weather, music, reading, social media, messaging and dialing applications have supports for widgets.

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How to add a widget on Samsung Galaxy S5's Home screen

If you want to start using widgets on your Galaxy S5, you need to add the first into your Home screen. To add widgets on your Galaxy S5, follow these procedures:

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    Press the "Home" button (lower-middle button of the phone) once, or by tap the Back key (lower-left key of the phone) a few times to get to your home screen.
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    On your phone's Home screen, go to the Home screen panel where you want to add a widget by scrolling either to the left or to the right.
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    On the selected Home screen, touch and hold on an empty space on the screen and wait for the screen to transition to a new look.
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    On the resulting screen, tap on Widgets on the middle-lower part of the screen to open the list of widgets installed on your device.
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    From the list of widgets on your phone, scroll and look for the widget that you want to add to the Home screen.
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    Once located, tap and hold the selected widget until the screen will take you back to the Home screen panel selection.
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    Move the widget to the desired location and release it on the Home screen.
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    You have successfully learned how to add a widget on the Home screen of your Samsung Galaxy S5.
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How to resize a widget on Samsung Galaxy S5's Home screen

Widgets have default sizes but you can resize them depending on your need and preferences. To resize a widget on your Home screen, follow these procedures:

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    Press the "Home" button (lower-middle button of the phone) once, or by tap the Back key (lower-left key of the phone) a few times to get to your home screen.
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    On your phone's Home screen, scroll to the left or right to go to the Home screen panel where the widget that you want to resize is located.
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    Once you have found the widget, tap and hold on the widget icon until the four borders on the icon's edges show.
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    You can resize the widget by dragging the frame on its edge.
    Dragging the widget frame to the inner part of it will reduce the widget's size while dragging it out of the edge will increase its size.
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    You have successfully learned how to resize a widget on your Samsung Galaxy S5.
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    • Widgets have different minimum and maximum size. Widgets cannot be resized larger than the Home screen.
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How to move a widget on Samsung Galaxy S5's Home screen

You can move a widget from one place on the Home screen to another place. You can also move widgets between Home screen panels. To move widgets on your S5, follow these procedures:

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    Press the "Home" button (lower-middle button of the phone) once, or by tap the Back key (lower-left key of the phone) a few times to get to your home screen.
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    On your phone's Home screen, scroll to the left or right to go to the Home screen panel where the widget that you want to delete is located.
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    Once you have found the widget, tap and hold on the widget icon until the four borders on the icon's edges show.
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    You can then drag the widget to the desired location on your Home screen.
    Release the widget to place it on the selected location.
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    You can also move the widget to a different home screen panel by dragging the widget to the extreme left or right part of the screen until you will be switched to the next Home screen panel.
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    Move the widget to the desired location and release it on the Home screen.
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    You have successfully learned how to add a widget on the Home screen of your Samsung Galaxy S5.
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How to remove a widget on Samsung Galaxy S5's Home screen

Widgets have default sizes but you can resize them depending on your need and preferences. To resize a widget on your Home screen, follow these procedures:

  1. 1
    Get to your phone's Home screen by either pressing the Home button (lower-middle button of the phone) once or by tapping on the Back key (lower-left key of the phone) for a few times.
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    On your phone's Home screen, scroll to the left or right to go to the Home screen panel where the widget that you want to delete is located.
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    Once you have found the widget, tap and hold on the widget icon until the four borders on the icon's edges show.
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    Once the icon's borders show, drag the widget to the upper part of the screen.
    The trash bin icon may not be seen but once you drag the widget on the top-most part of the screen, the remove icon will now appear. Release the widget on the trash icon to completely remove it on your Home screen.
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    You have successfully learned how to remove a widget on your Samsung Galaxy S5's Home screen.
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Questions and Answers

How to resize the weather widget?

How to resize weather on home screen

There are two ways to do that. As far as I understand, you are using the standard AccuWeather widget. In order to resize it, you can install Nova or Apex launchers from Google Play. They will alter your home screen and allow you to modify the size of any widgets. The other way is obtaining another weather widget from Google Play. Launch Google Play and search for "weather widget". To resize a widget, place it on the screen then tap and hold it until you see a new menu. The new menu may have "resize" as an option. Tap it and resize the widget to your desired dimensions.

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I can't move things around on the home screen of Galaxy S5 anymore?

Do you know why it won't work anymore? I used to press and hold the icon, and then I would drag it to the side of the screen. The screen would scroll, and I could place it wherever I wanted it to go. Now, the smartphone just tells me "Tap edit to resize widgets, and reposition widgets, shortcuts and folders".

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  • Update your Samsung Galaxy S5 to the latest Marshmallow firmware. It is shown how to do that in our tutorial.
  • You could have locked it accidentally.
    • Press the menu button. Select "More" or three dots. Tap on the padlock icon ("Unlock desktop") to unlock your screen.
    • If you are using the custom ADW Launcher: go to "Settings" >"unlock". Use the toggle to unlock the home screen.
    • If you are using the Next Launcher: go to "Preferences" > "Advanced setting" > "Screen edit locked". Tap on it to unlock it.
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  • The Launcher might have had a software misconfiguration. Press the home button. Go to "Apps" > "Settings" > "Apps" > "Launcher" > "STORAGE". Tap on "CLEAR DATA". Tap on "CLEAR CACHE". Reboot your phone and recreate your home screens;
  • Avoid the message by pressing the menu button. Then, "Edit".
  • Hard-reset your Samsung Galaxy S5. You can refer to our tutorial on how to do that.

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Where's the widget option? It doesn't appear when I tap the home screen?

When I tap and hold on the home screen, a little window about the wallpaper appears, asking me if I want to set a wallpaper for the home screen, lock screen or home and lock screen. Nothing else. Where is the widget option?

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Widgets do not come up when I press and hold?

When I press and hold on an empty space on any page the widgets don't come up

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My Facebook button and Facebook status widgets quit working on my Samsung Galaxy S5. Not only did they quit working, but they are no longer in my widgets at all?

Lost Facebook buttons and Facebook status widgets on Samsung Galaxy S5. They are not even in the widget folder

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I have a calendar widget on my home screen that is displayed horizontally. I want it to be displayed vertically when I keep my finger on the widget I see only a way to enlarge it in height I want to decrease its width?

I have a calendar widget on my home page that is displayed horizontally. It used to be displayed vertically and I wanted to again be displayed vertically. When I put my finger on the widget and hold it there is a. At the top and the bottom so that I could make it bigger or smaller horizontally. There are no dots on the sides to squeeze it and make it from a horizontal display to a vertical display

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It's not the widgets, it is the empty screens in between screens that shows all the apps?

The selections right above the apps you save on the home screen. I have tried: Trying to remove them by tapping and dragging to delete. I think it was caused by: Not sure

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I have Samsung A5, how to show dual time in my display?

I have Samsung A5, how to show dual time in my display

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How can I delete widgets from my phone?

I have a whole bunch of stuff on my home screen running and can't delete, keeps killing my battery

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How to return back the weather on my Samsung screen?

I mistakenly deleted the front screening in my Samsung 5S screen. There was the weather for 4 different cities. How can I get it back please?

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