Galaxy Note 4 now hides widgets in the app drawer
You may be surprised that there are NO widgets in Galaxy Note 4 app drawer when you trying to add widgets to the home screen.
Where are the widgets on Galaxy Note 4?
Is widget disabled on Galaxy Note 4?
In Galaxy Note 4, the widgets, by default, is hidden in app drawer. In other words, when you tap all apps button (16 dots) to enter app drawer. No widgets are listed. There is no widget tab as that in Note 3.
But widgets are still fully functional and you can easily add widgets to Galaxy Note 4 home screen in a new (probably more simple) way.
Don’t be panic. This guide will help you.
How to add widgets to Galaxy Note 4 home screen?
You may follow these steps to add widgets to Galaxy Note 4 home screen.
Step 1: enter home screen editing mode.
There are at least 3 different ways to enter home screen editing mode. You need know only of them. The outcome is identical. So, try the one with which you are comfortable.
- Touch and hold the recent apps button (left to home button) when you are on any of home screen pages. This essentially turn this recent apps button into hardware menu button.
- Touch and hold any empty area in any pages of home screen.
- Pinch the home screen page (as shown below).
Step 2: select widget.
Once in home screen editing mode, you can find 3 button in the bottom of the screen.
Tap Widgets to enter widget list page as shown below.
In the bottom of widget list page, the number of such pages is indicated by the dots. You can flick left or right to other pages. You can also tap the dot to navigate to any specific page.
Different widgets from same app are now organized together. If there are more than 3 variants of widget for the app, you will notice the play (“>”) symbol. Tap the symbol to see more.
To add an widget to Galaxy Note 4 home screen, tap and hold the widget. You are then directed to Galaxy Note 4 home screen.
Step 3: position the widget
The suggested drop location for the widget is highlighted.
You can navigate to other home screen pages by holding the widget to the left or right edge of current page.
If there is not enough space for the widget, some apps will be pushed to next page of home screen.
If you suddenly change your mind to cancel the operation (not adding this widget), you can drop the widget to the remove button on the top of the screen as shown above.
Step 4: Enjoy your widget.
Once the widget is positioned. It is done. Some widgets may need additional configuration or customization.
How to delete widgets on Galaxy Note 4 home screen?
If you don’t need the widget, you can remove it from the home screen just like apps.
Tap and hold the widget as shown above. Then drop the widget to the dustbin (remove) in the top of the screen.
This will remove the widget from home screen. The widget is NOT uninstalled. You can still add the widget to the home screen later if you need them again.
How to re-size widgets on Galaxy Note 4 home screen?
Some widgets are re-sizable. Since Android 3.1, re-sizable widgets are supported. Of course, it is up to the developer to decide whether the widget is fixed-size or re-sizable.
If the widget is re-sizable, you can tap and hold it, then release. The yellow boarder with re-sizing handler will be shown (see below).
In this example, Google Now widget has a default size of 4×4 (full page). You can adjust the size to 4×3 , 4×2 or 4×1.
But if you want to make it 4×2, the boarder will show as red color. This means you cannot change the size in this direction.
All these are determined by the developer, not by Galaxy Note 4.
Can you add widgets to Galaxy Note 4 home screen now?
If you have any problems to add widgets to Galaxy Note 4 home screen or have questions on manage widgets on Galaxy Note 4 home screen, please let us know them in the comment box below. We will try to help you find a solution.
More how-to guides , tips and tricks for using Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are available at Galaxy Note 4 how-to guides page.