Nexus 7: How to Add Widgets to Home Screen

The Google Nexus 7 tablet by Asus is running the latest and greatest version of Android (at this time at least) which is version 4.x, nicknamed Jelly Bean.

If you haven’t used an Android tablet since before the 3.1 Honeycomb version, then you may be confused at how you’re supposed to add widgets to the home screen. No more long pressing on the home screen to add them, they’ve been moved to a different location.

1. Click on your Apps button on the home screen to open up the Apps menu.

Google Nexus 7 Tablet - Apps Button

2. In the Apps menu, press the Widgets tab at the top to see all of the available widgets.

Google Nexus 7 Tablet - Widgets

3. From here you can swipe left and right to browse the list of widgets you can add. Once you find the widget you’d like to use, long press it  (press and hold for a second or two) and drop it onto your home screen.

Google Nexus 7 Tablet - Home Screen Widget

4. You can long press the widget to move it around on your home screen, or some widgets can be resized as well. To resize a widget, long press it and let go, and you’ll see some small dots on the sides showing which sides can be adjusted. If it can be resized on all sides like the one pictured, you can either drag each side separately, or you can press and drag the corner to resize it.

Google Nexus 7 Tablet - Resize Widget

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  1. katie tran says

    Hello, I just recently got my nexus phone about three months ago and I still don’t know how to use the wedges. I just downloaded a note app. And I wanted it to take up my while screen. However, I can’t make it as a whole screen. It just pop up as a small icon. Thank you for your time

    • says

      Sorry, but this guide is specifically for the Nexus 7 tablet, I don’t know much about the Nexus phones or specific app settings, but I’ll do my best.

      Are you referring to the size of the note widget? If so, that’s a limitation of the app itself. Check your widgets list and see if they have multiple sized widgets for you to use. If not, then I’m afraid you’ll have to find another Note app that suits your needs.
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  2. Gil says

    I inadvertently deleted the Contacts widget from Home. When I try to get it back using the instructions above, it will move to home, immediately open the Contacts, but when I close it, the icon is not there on the Home screen. Help please.

  3. eugenio mota says

    Thanks a lot for all your useful information. I am new to the android platform and I have recently bought a nexus 7 and I was completely blocked when using the talkback option as I could not put iff off, thank you to your page I am now as I was before turning to this talkback app which is of no use for me. Thanks for all your useful info.


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