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Use widgets on your Android phoneMolly Wood shows you how widgets can make your Android phone more fun and functional.
Hi, I�m Molly Wood, and I�m here to show you how to use Widgets on your Android phone. Your Android home screens are highly customizable, as you know � you can drag all kinds of icons up here, move them around, and have multiple home screens. But widgets are a totally different animal, and they can make your Android home screen useful and fun at a glance. To create a widget, press and hold on the home screen until the Add to Home screen menu appears. Then select Widgets. You�ll see several options for widgets, like a clock, your calendars, Facebook, Music, and so on � those are all built in, and then if you�ve installed apps that support widgets, like Twidroid or the Weather.com app, you can choose those, too. Here are some I find particularly useful: the Power Options widget lets you turn WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, push sync, or screen brightness on or off with one tap. The Music widget is really nice, too, and makes it much easier to start and stop songs or playlists. But here�s an even more fun use of widgets. Once the home screen menu is up, choose Picture Frame. This lets you choose a photo from your album to put on your home screen. Nice touch. So, there you go; widgets: a cool way to customize your home screens and make them more useful. For CNET how-to, I�m Molly Wood � and you�re welcome.