How to Add Shortcut or Widget to Android Home Screen?

In this post, we’ll see:

Add an App Shortcut to Android Pie Home Screen

  1. Go to the home screen in which you want to add the shortcut.
  2. Open app drawer (To do that, swipe up from the bottom of the home screen).
  3. Find the app for which you want a shortcut on the home screen.
  4. Press and drag it, and you can see the home screen now. Release the hold in the place you want.

That’s all. Now, you can see the app shortcut on the home screen.

To Remove an App Shortcut

  1. Press and drag the shortcut you want to remove from the home screen.
  2. You can see the Remove option at the top of the home screen now.
  3. Drop the shortcut on the Remove option.

Add a File or Folder Shortcut to Android Pie Home Screen

  1. Install File Manager by Astro (File Browser) app. Open the app and go through the initial setup.
  2. You’ll be on the main screen. Close the app.
  3. Now, go to the home screen you prefer and then long-press on a blank space in it.
  4. Tap Widgets.
  5. Find and long-press the Astro widget. Place it on the home screen in the place you want.
  6. If you want to add a file shortcut, find and tap it.
  7. If you want to add a folder shortcut, then long-press the folder you want.

That’s all. Now, you can see the shortcut on the home screen.

To Remove Shortcut

  1. Long press the shortcut you like to remove, and you can see the Remove option at the top.
  2. Drop the shortcut on the Remove option.

Add a Widget to Android Pie Home Screen

  1. Go to the home screen you prefer.
  2. Long press the blank space in the home screen and then tap Widgets.
  3. Find the one you prefer and then long-press it.
  4. Now, you should be on the home screen where you can drop the widget in the place you want.

You need to keep in mind two more things:

  • If the home screen doesn’t have enough space for the widget, then you can’t add it there, and you’ll see a message stating that.
  • You may need to set up the widget after placing it on the home screen.

To Remove Widget

  1. Long press the widget you want to remove.
  2. Now, you can see the Remove option at the top.
  3. Drop the widget on the Remove option.