How to Uninstall Widgets from Android

Thanks to the millions of apps available on the Google Play Store, we can install and check as many apps as we want. I personally install and then uninstall dozens of apps everyday on my Android phone. It is very easy to uninstall apps from your Android device – just touch them a little longer in the app drawer and when the uninstall options appear, drag them to the uninstall icon. But this does not work for the widgets as the widgets do not appear in the app drawer sometimes. This can become a problem if you really want to get rid of the widgets on your Android smartphone, but there is a simple way to uninstall the widgets through the system settings.

Here is how you can uninstall widgets in Android:

  1. First of all you have to open the Android Settings in your smartphone. You can do this from home screen menu (press menu key on the home screen and choose System Settings) or from the apps drawer.
  2. Now you have to open the App Manager or Apps under the Device section on the settings screen.Uninstall Widgets from Android
  3. On the Apps manager screen, swipe to the left until you come to the All section that displays all the apps installed on your device.
  4. Scroll down until you see the widget listed in the all apps list. Touch the app and it will show you options to uninstall the app.Uninstall Widgets from Android
  5. Touch the Uninstall button and then OK to uninstall the selected widget from your Android device.

Conclusion: It is very easy to uninstall the widgets from your Android device for good. The process is very similar to uninstalling the apps, but you have to look for the installed widgets in a different location in Android settings in order to uninstall them.

2 thoughts on “How to Uninstall Widgets from Android

  1. I can’t uninstall default alarm clock widget from my s5 & I’m stuck with the alarm clock icon in my status bar. Please help

  2. This is an old article but I Just want to say that, at least on my Samsung Galaxy S4 & Galaxy Tab 3, uninstalling widgets from the ‘Widgets’ tab results in the associated apps being uninstalled as well. And, of course, that only applies to apps the user installed, since OEM & service provider apps can’t be uninstalled (unless you ‘root’ the device).

    The main problem is that many apps install multiple ‘widgets’. For example, “Voice Recorder” by Skyro installs four widgets and attempting to uninstall just one uninstalls all four amd the app, as well. What is truly needed is for app developers to include the option to add/remove their widget(s) from within their app. I currently have ten screens of six widgets each, under the Widgets tab in the Apps list… And I don’t use ANY of those that came from apps I personally installed. But then, I removed almost all widgets that came pre-loaded on the ‘Home’ navigation screens, so i only have two screens instead of five, there.

    Just my ‘2 bits’ on the subject. 😀

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