How to Add Shortcut or Widget to Android Home Screen? (2020)

In this post, we’ll see:

Note: I’m using Android Pie.

How to Add App Shortcut

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

To Remove 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.

Alternate Method

Long press the shortcut and then hit the X on the menu.

How to Add File or Folder Shortcut

  1. Install File Manager by Astro (File Browser) app. Open the app and go through the 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. Long press 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.
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To Remove Shortcut

Long press the shortcut you like to remove and then hit the Remove option in the menu.

Alternate Method

Long press the shortcut, and you can see Remove at the top. Drag and drop the shortcut on it.

How to Add Widget

  1. Go to the home screen you prefer.
  2. Long press the blank space in the home screen and then tap Widgets.
  3. Long press the widget you prefer.
  4. You’re on the home screen now where you can drop the widget in the place you want.

Two important things to keep in mind:

  • 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.
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Alternate Method

Long press the widget and then hit the Remove option on the menu.