Use Widgets on Samsung Galaxy S4

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Widgets can be found on the Home Screen and shows you what they offer there and then. Widgets are applications that allow you to customize your phone to suit your needs by using the home screen as the "quick access" page for all the functionalities you see important.

Difference of widgets and applications icons

For a first-time Android user, one may have a hard time recognizing a widget from an application icon on the Home screen. The main difference that lies between these two is that widgets display all the information on the home screen without opening a different window while app icons are merely shortcut to the actual applications. A clock widget, when opened will display the time and other options but the screen will remain in the Home screen while an application shortcut icon for the Clock app will open the app itself on a separate window.

Types of Widgets

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    1 Information Widgets - These are the type of widgets that offer the user to informations that are important and critical to him.PNG
    Information Widgets - These are the type of widgets that offer the user to information that are important and critical to him
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    Weather widgets, clock widgets, calendar widgets and other widgets that update you on an event or activity that may require tracking information.
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    2 Collection Widgets - These are the types of widgets that displays collection of items such as a collection of new stories from the news app, collections of em.PNG
    Collection Widgets - These are the types of widgets that displays collection of items such as a collection of new stories from the news app, collections of emails from the email app and a collection of pictures from the gallery app
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    Collection widgets focuses on two functions: 1. browsing the collection; 2. opening an element from the collection for viewing and use.
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    3 Control Widgets - These are the type of widgets that allows the user control over the phone without going to the application or settings..PNG
    Control Widgets - These are the type of widgets that allows the user control over the phone without going to the application or settings
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    A music widget will allow you to control the music player without opening it. Connection widgets allow you to manage your radio connections without going to the settings.
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    Hybrid Widgets - There are the type of widgets that has the two or more of the characteristics from the ones listed above
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Add widgets to Samsung Galaxy S4

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    Go to your Home Menu
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    Tap on Apps > Widgets
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    You will be shown with the available widgets, navigate through the widgets be scrolling left or right
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    When you have chosen your desired widget, tap and press on it to add it to the Home screen.
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    Done.
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Add widgets to Samsung Galaxy S4 Lock Screen

S4 allows using of widgets even on the lock screen. To do it:

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    Pull down the notifications drawer and tap on Settings (gear icon) located on the upper-right portion of the screen.
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    On the Settings, tap on My Device tab.
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    On My Device tab, tap on Lock Screen.
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    Tap on the check box on Multiple Widget option to add widgets to your lock screen.
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    Lock your screen by pressing the Power button once.
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    Bring up your screen by pressing the Power button again.
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    You are now on the lock screen where you can tap on a Plus tile to add a widget to it.
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    Navigate through each lock screen by doing a swiping gesture.
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    You can use up to six widgets on the lock screen, once each on its six lock screens.
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    Done.
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