The 15 Best Free Widgets for Android

Make your life easier with widgets for your phone

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Widgets are not shortcuts to apps, but rather standalone mini apps that run on your Android device’s home screen. They may be interactive or resizable and often display data constantly. Your device includes several pre-loaded widgets and you can download more from Google Play. You can snag many widgets for Android free, although some do offer in-app purchases or upgrades.

Adding a downloaded widget to your home screen is easy:

  1. Simply press and hold a blank spot on your home screen until a menu pops up at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap the Widgets tab and scroll through the available options. (You can also access them by pressing the App Drawer button – usually a white circle with six black dots – and selecting the Widgets tab.)
  3. Touch and hold the widget you want to add.
  4. Drag and drop it onto a free space on your home screen.

Widgets can save you time, increase your productivity and just come in handy. Not sure what widgets you should try? Check out our recommendations for the best Android widgets available.

1Weather Widget

What We Like
This is one of the most popular weather Widgets on Google Play with good reason. After choosing one of the many widget options and setting your location, you can view the current conditions and temperature at a glance. Click on the widget to view a fun weather fact and then in-depth details, such as a weekly forecast, local radar and UV index.

What We Don’t
Depending on the widget size you choose, you may have to refresh it manually to see the current time and temperature.

All Messages Widget

What We Like
This cool widget lets you view messages across multiple platforms in one place. View your recent call log, texts and social messages, including Facebook, Google Hangouts, Skype, Viber, WeChat and WhatsApp. You can customize the appearance of the widget as well as which apps are connected to it.

What We Don’t
Only new messages appear and the widget works by reading notifications, so only messages received after you add the widget will be displayed. Although the call log and SMS messages are free, social messages are only available free on a 10-day trial. After that, you have to upgrade to a premium version.

Battery Reborn Widget

What We Like
This widget is available in two versions. There is a circle configuration, which you can set up to display battery remaining, time remaining, time when completed or temperature. The chart option shows the estimated time and percentage left. You can customize click actions, colors and sizes. 

What We Don’t
You have to upgrade to the premium version if you want to remove the battery notification from the status bar or lock screen. The free version displays ads every time you close the configuration window, as well.

Blue Mail Widget

What We Like
No need to open your email application to check for the latest messages in your inbox. This widget supports virtually every type of email account. Tapping on the display opens the client, which has an intuitive interface and several useful features, such as the ability to set reminders to follow up on an email at a specific time. You can even view multiple email accounts in a unified folder.

What We Don’t
The 1x1 widget is only a launching pad for the client that shows an approximate number of emails in your inbox.

Custom Switches Widget

What We Like
No need to go digging through your device's settings to find the brightness, Bluetooth or airplane mode options. Customize this widget with more than a dozen settings to save the time of trying to find them.

What We Don’t
The "switches" don't actually allow you to toggle settings on and off. Rather, tapping one takes you to that setting on your device where you can then turn it off or on.

Event Flow Calendar Widget

What We Like
Find out what's on your agenda and how you should dress for your appointments with a glimpse of this Android widget that will display info from multiple calendars as well as the local weather. View the forecast for up to a week and calendar events for up to three months. 

What We Don’t
You must upgrade to the premium version to be able to use the many customization options available.

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Flashlight+ Widget

What We Like
When you need a flashlight on the fly, this nifty widget is super handy. It's nothing more than a little button that toggles the bright light (from your phone's camera) on and off, but it does the trick. It's add-free, to boot.

What We Don’t
You can't resize the button or make any other customizations, but if all you need is a bright light without any hassle, this widget works fine. 

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Google Widget

What We Like
You don't need to open a browser to check the score of a game, look up and address or discover the answer to the random question that popped into your head. This widget gives you instant access to Google with a tap. If you set up voice search, you can get the info you need with little more than an, "OK Google," thanks to Google Now.

What We Don’t
Although you can technically drag the widget to a 4x2, 4x3 or even 4x4 size, it still displays as a 4x1. There are no customization options for the appearance of the widget, either.

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Google Keep Widget

What We Like
As the name suggests, this free Android widget keeps your notes, ideas, lists and other important stuff at the ready. You can create notes and lists, take pictures, add drawings or annotations and even sync between devices. 

What We Don’t
A titles-only list view option would be nice, as would the ability to protect the info you are keeping with a password.

My Data Manager Widget

What We Like
If you need to keep track of your data usage to keep your phone bill down, this widget is helpful. You can monitor your mobile, Wi-Fi and roaming usage as well as call minutes and text messages. You can even track usage in a shared family plan and set up alarms to let you know when you are getting close to your limits. 

What We Don’t
You will have to manually enter data, such as your billing dates, data cap and current usage to receive accurate tracking. 

S.Graph Calendar Clock Widget

What We Like
Visual people will appreciate the layout of this widget, which makes it easy to check out your plans for the day. The pie chart format breaks down your tasks and appointments in colorful slices based on the times you have them scheduled. Details are based on your Google calendar.

What We Don’t
It is not compatible with other calendars or agendas. When you tap on an item, the settings open rather than the specific event.

Scrollable News Widget

What We Like
Find out what's going on in the world or catch up on your favorite news feeds in this 4x4 widget. You can add, search for or lookup specific feeds; customize the theme and add "behaviors" such as limiting the number of stories in your feed or hiding stories you have already read. 

What We Don’t
This widget can eat up your data, so you may want to use it exclusively on Wi-Fi.

Slider Widget

What We Like
If you have ever tried to adjust the volume of an app you were using and inadvertently turned off your ringer, you will appreciate this widget. With four different configuration options, you can have quick access to as few or as many volume settings as you wish, from ringtones to media to alarms and more. 

What We Don’t
We would love to see the addition of profiles, which would enable you to have default settings for different locations, such as work, school and home. 

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SoundHound Widget

What We Like
Scenario: you have had a tune stuck in your head for three days and cannot for the life of you remember the title or even the lyrics. You try humming it for your mate or whistling it to a coworker, but nobody can help. This widget might be the answer. Play, sing or hum a song and SoundHound will do its best to not only recognize it but also provide listening options, such as Spotify and Youtube.

What We Don’t
You must upgrade to the premium versions to get rid of ads, receive extra features and identify unlimited songs.

Time It Widget

What We Like
Do you ever look at the clock and wonder where the day went? This widget can help you determine how much time you spend on tasks (or goofing off). Just tap the button when you are ready to begin and the timer will run in the background until you are finished.

What We Don’t
Only the 1x1 version of the widget is free. You must upgrade to the paid version to use the 2x1 or 4x2 options.

No Fear of Commitment

We think you will find a few widgets here that simplify your life. Since these widgets are free to download, you can try out any that interest you and remove them if you determine they are not what you need. To remove a widget, tap the App Drawer button and select the Widgets tab. Press and hold the widget you want to get rid of and drag it to Uninstall.