If your Android device is decked out to the brim with widgets, you might find it difficult to actually locate what you want quickly and efficiently. However, when widgets are used wisely and in moderation, they can be extremely helpful and give you a bunch of shortcuts and information right at your fingertips. Here’s our list of best Android widgets to make your device that bit smoother to use.
The world's most popular organizational note-taking tool has just got a whole lot simpler to use, thanks to this nifty official widget. You can choose whether you want your Evernote info displayed as a list, small widget or large widget.
With these widgets, you can instantly create new notes, take screenshots and record audio notes directly from your home screen. Using the large widget, you can also search your Evernote notes to quickly find whatever you scribbled down. To use the widget, all you need is the free Evernote app.
Are you a bit of a battery micro-manager who wants to know what's happening with your precious phone fuel at all times? Then you may appreciate the widgets available in Battery HD. The app itself is great for monitoring which apps are the biggest battery hogs and how quickly your phone battery depletes, but you can also use battery-shaped widgets of varying sizes to see the exact percentage of your battery that you have remaining. Tap the green radioactive-looking widget to enter the app and dig into greater detail about your battery usage.
If you don’t already have this widget, you definitely need it. Volumes can be deployed in four different sizes and allow you to tweak the individual volumes of calls, multimedia, system sounds, and so on. You can also control the screen brightness and customize color selectors. This widget gives you a ton of control in a tiny package and shouldn't take up a lot of space on most modern 5-inch-plus displays.
This widget offers a variety of different functions related to the lighting and brightness of your display. From simulating traffic lights to emergency “flood” lights and even Morse code. At a festival or club and want your friends to find you in the crowd? Raise your phone in the air and set Flashlight to display a bright purple color (just agree beforehand with your friends on what color you'll use). Tiny has a long list of uses, and is among the most-used widgets on my device.
This widget displays crucial information on your lock-screen, such as time, missed calls, messages, alarms, calendars, and e-mails. At a glance, it lets you know if you need to check anything out on your device or whether you can put it back down. It's a similar look to the Android Lollipop lock-screen, so it may be of particular interest to those still stuck on KitKat. Out of all the lock screen notification widgets available on Android, DaskClock is probably the best.
This app offers various widgets that are highly customizable. The information that Zooper brings with it can be displayed in a ton of different ways and the content options are almost endless. This includes information about battery, time, device temperature, calendar, data traffic, missed calls, and much more. It is designed with efficiency in mind and helps provide information at your fingertips on your home screen. Although this is the free version, there is a premium version that removes ads and is compatible with Buzz Launcher.
1Weather contains a plethora of weather-based widgets, but Tabbed 1Weather is the best of the bunch. This shows the time with well-designed icons, and provides enough information at your fingertips that you rarely, if ever, need to even open the app to figure out what’s going on with the weather around you. It does have a paid version that removes ads and supports the developer. Check out this and other weather widgets in our best Android weather apps and widgets list.
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