Have you checked the available widget options on your Android phone’s home screen? Not yet? Well, just long tap and hold the home screen and you will see the Widgets option. Click on it and you will find a lot of widgets you can add to customize your home screen.
Quick functions like Cleaner, WiFi, Torch, Mobile data, Airplane mode, Bluetooth, Hotspot, and Lock, Clock, Calendar, Weather, Notes, Calculator, Music, Chrome, and a few third-party apps are all you can see in the Android home screen widgets. If you are lucky enough, and you use Samsung, you will also see a Picture Frame Widget.
However, a picture frame widget isn’t common to all Android phones, not even to all Samsung phones. So there isn’t actually a direct way to add picture widgets on Android home screen.
But as always, I have a few workarounds for you that you can try to customize your Android home screen by adding a picture widget anyway. I’ve seen Android users asking for a way to somehow add a picture widget to their Android home screen.
Be it their most memorable picture, or one with their family and friends, or a motivational image to keep them always inspired, there are a lot of reasons to add picture widgets on Android home screen.
And in this article, I’ll tell you all about them. Whether you are a Samsung user or not, I have a few easy tricks to add picture widgets on your Android home screen. So without further ado, let’s dive in.
Add a picture widget on Samsung phones
Note: The steps mentioned in this section of the article hold true only for New Zealand products. The settings in your phone will be different. For more information, contact Samsung support page.
To add a picture widget on your Samsung phone, you shall use the pre-installed Picture Frame Widget app. Not all Android versions come with the Picture Frame Widget. So if your Samsung phone doesn’t already have it, install it from the Galaxy Store.
Now, let’s get to the procedure to add a picture widget on your Samsung home screen.
Step 1: Tap and hold the home screen of your Samsung phone
Step 2: Select ‘Widget’ and tap on ‘Picture frame’
Step 3: Select the pictures or album you would like to add to the home screen as a widget and hit OK
Step 4: FInally, tap OK after selecting the pictures of your choice
That’s it! You’ll see your favorite pictures on the home screen as widgets.
Add a picture widget on other Android phones
Non-Samsung phones provide you with two-options to add pictures widgets on Android home screen. Read on to know what they are and how to follow those methods!
1. Using Notes widget
As you know, Notes widget is readily available on Android. To add a picture in the Android home screen, follow the below steps.
Step 1: On your Android phone, open the Notes app
Step 2: Create a new note by tapping the + icon
Step 3: In the new note, add the image(s) you would like to see on the home screen by clicking on the image icon
Step 4: Next, tap the menu icon (three dots one over the other) on the top right corner and select ‘Place on home screen’
Voila! Your new note with your favorite images will appear on the home screen.
That was pretty simple, wasn’t it?
Well, most people have this question, what kind of images can I have on my home screen? The answer is quite simple–whatever you like. It can be a favorite memory of yours with a loved one, your daily schedule, a motivational quote, your role model, or anything else for that matter.
2. Using a third-party app
Loads of third-party apps are available on the Play Store to help you add picture widgets on Android home screen. Of all, I’ve personally chosen the MagicWidgets – Photo Widgets, iOS Widgets, Custom app for the same purpose.
Why? Well, here are the reasons:
- Upload local images as widgets
- Various clock widgets and calendar style widgets
- Multiple fonts and colors
- Show or hide elements on custom widgets
- Various styles of iOS widgets
- Large, small, or medium-sized widgets
- Countdown and step widgets
The app allows you to customize your Android home screen and make it look more aesthetically pleasing. The best part of this app is that it supports uploading local images so that you have your best memories right in front of you.
Secondly, its countdown widget feature allows you to add customizable countdown timers for upcoming events like birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, parties, Halloween, Christmas, exams, meetings, goals, etc.
The app is rated 4.5 stars on the Play Store and more than 100,000 installs. Install the app by hitting the button below.
Can I add a photo as a widget on Android?
Yes, you can add a photo as a widget on Android. Samsung users can use the Picture Frame Widget app to add a picture widget. Non-Samsung users can use the notes widget or a third-party app like MagicWidget to add a picture widget on the Android home screen.
How do I add a custom widget on my Android phone?
TO add a custom widget on your Android phone, long tap and hold the home screen and tap Widgets. Select the widget you would like to have on your Android home screen. Quick functions like Cleaner, WiFi, torch, mobile data, aeroplane mode, Bluetooth, hotspot, and lock, Clock, Calendar, Weather, Notes, Calculator, Music, Chrome, and few third-party apps are all you can see in the Android home screen widgets.
How do I change the icon size on my Android?
Long tap and hold the home screen and select Settings > More > Icon size. Now, drag the slider as per your preference for app icon size.
Customize your Android home screen
With the tricks mentioned in the article, you can easily add picture widgets on Android home screen. For Samsung, Picture Frame Widget is the easiest way to add custom local images in the home screen as a widget.
Non-Samsung Android users can do it using the Notes app or a third-party application. The MagicWidgets – Photo Widgets, iOS Widgets, Custom app does the job pretty well while providing additional features.
Here’s all you need to know about adding picture widgets on Android home screen. I hope I brought some value to your Android usage. Let me know in the comments section below which trick you used to add a picture widget on your Android home screen. Until next time, take care and stay safe! Cheers!