In this article, we’ll go over some really useful widgets from six Google apps that you should add to your home screen right away. We hope you will find them useful.
1. Quick Capture (Google Keep)
If you’re in the habit of taking (a lot of) notes on your Android device, Google Keep’s Quick Capture widget is a must-try. Now it looks even better with the Material You design for Android 12. With this widget, you can quickly choose what type of note you want to create without having to enter the app.
The widget lets you choose from five types of notes including text notes, lists/lists, audio notes, drawings, and photo notes. By default, the widget uses 3×2 tiles on your home screen, but you can resize it to 2×1, 3×1, or 4×1, depending on your preference.
2. Quickly Find Places Nearby & Share Location (Google Maps)
The Quick Places Nearby widget (Google Maps app widget) helps you get around faster by showing you recommended places like your home, restaurants, cafes, and hotels. By default, the widget uses 3×2 tiles on your home screen, but you can resize it to 2×2 or 4×2. You can see a minimum of four and a maximum of eight recommendations. Which is great if you are going to a foreign country and want to explore the “local offer”.
And with the location sharing widget, you can share your real-time location with friends and family. Simply tap the widget, set a timer for how long you want to share your location (from 15 minutes to a maximum of one day), and share the link with someone using any of the methods listed below in the menu. The widget only occupies a 1×1 tile on your home screen. This is useful when you are meeting someone but don’t know when you will get to the meeting place. Simply share your location and your friends or family will be able to “follow” you for a short time as you arrive at the agreed upon location.
3. World (Google Clock)
As the name suggests, Widget World (from the Google Clock app) is a simple world clock. While other clock widgets are more limited, Google Clock lets you add a ridiculously large number of cities—up to 32!
You probably don’t need to use this feature to the max, but it’s still a great tool for displaying the weather in several cities at once. If you are someone who often flies abroad, have family or friends who live all over the world, or have clients from different cities, this widget will come in handy.
By default, the widget occupies 4×2 tiles on your home screen, but you can resize it to any configuration.
4. Google News Widget
Many Android users use Google News to learn relevant stories from the world and industry; if you are one of them, you can use the application widget to see interesting headlines about topics that interest you. Recommendations are made based on what Google knows about you.
The widget also has a built-in weather forecast tool that tells you the current temperature of where you are. You can skip the title if you are not interested or tap the “Full View” button if you want and want to read the whole article. The widget occupies 4×2 tiles on the home screen and cannot be resized.
5. Google Docs, Sheets i Slides Widget
If you’re someone who uses Google Workspace products a lot and use Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides on a daily basis, you might find it convenient to put their widgets on your home screen.
Each of the widgets only occupies a 1×1 tile and helps you quickly create a new document, table or presentation. It is more for people who use their cell phone for personal and business purposes. In this way, you will be able to create a document in seconds and store it on GDrive. We believe that not everyone will need this widget, but those who use GDocs will find it extremely useful.
6. Quick Actions (Google Drive)
With the quick actions widget on Google Drive (GDrive), you can quickly search, transfer or scan files on your Google Drive. The widget defaults to 3×1 tiles, but can be resized to 2×1, 3×2, or 4×1. It has the same look and feel as the Google Keep quick recording widget.
On the widget, you’ll see five different buttons that give you shortcuts to common tasks:
- Drive: Open the Google Drive app.
- Search (search): search for files on your disk.
- Transfer (upload): Transfer the file from your phone’s storage to your drive.
- Camera (camera): take a photo and immediately save it to your disk.
- Add (add): Create a new folder, document, sheet or slide to save to your drive.
Fill your home screen with useful widgets
Android 12 brought a major design refresh to the OS, improving apps, system menus and Google widgets. Based on the color palette you have chosen for your phone, the color of these widgets will also change. But they are not only for users of the latest version of the operating system. Choose the widget that helps you the most and make it part of your home screen. Once you get used to them, you won’t be able to imagine a cell phone without them. He takes our word for it.
Written by: Boris Plavljanić