How to activate widgets on Android?


Hello everyone.

Here is an answer on very popular question: Why widget cannot be launched?
First of all, widget not APP! That’s why it cannot be launched with open button.

You need to go through few steps to activate:

  1. Go to your home screen by pressing HOME button
  2. Press MENU button and then Click on +ADD
  3. Select WIDGETS from list
  4. Find widget which you want to add on your HOME Screen, for example, GPS OnOff widget.

Here are few screenshots with more detailed information about activating widget:

brainapp You can download our video-tutorial on Android Market or use this direct link.

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  1. Robor
    3:32 PM on July 18th, 2009

    Greatings, Can i take a one small picture from your site?

  2. Vladimir Baryshnikov
    9:29 AM on July 20th, 2009

    Hello Robor.

    >Greatings, Can i take a one small picture from your site?

    Sure :)

  3. Harry
    1:25 PM on July 22nd, 2009

    Dear sirs, could we have a widget on screen brightness (hero style)?
    When clicked the phone brightness will incrementally increase, say 10%, each time.

    Thanks, excellent widgets by the way, all of them, i love the hero style.

  4. Richard Allen
    8:26 AM on July 30th, 2009

    Thank you very. Much

  5. Alison
    10:03 AM on August 8th, 2009

    Brilliantly simple. Thanks

  6. donald
    4:33 AM on August 13th, 2009

    I have read the instruction a few times an I’m sure I know how to use the widget but when I try to add it the widget will not sure I’m not sure why plz help

    Vladimir Baryshnikov Reply:

    Donald, make sure that you have free space on home screen. You also can add widget by long press on empty space on your home screen, then select Widgets and choose what you want to add.

  7. Manu
    11:02 AM on August 13th, 2009

    Very simple, thanks!!

  8. nate
    3:12 PM on August 24th, 2009

    What does having the settings underneath the widget do? It seems too small to be clickable…

  9. Quim Figueras
    8:13 PM on August 26th, 2009

    Really useful and simple. Great app. Thanks a lot.

  10. niko
    11:24 AM on September 1st, 2009

    how can i install these widgets? when i try to add a new widget, it is not in the list.
    in the widget list there are only clock,espn,stock,search, only the originally widget…help me please..thank you so much…

  11. Maxim Yudin
    6:31 AM on September 2nd, 2009

    niko, do you use an alternative home screen apps?

  12. loco
    5:09 AM on September 6th, 2009

    ur the best u have no idea how many stupid answers ive gotten

    claudia Reply:

    Yeap sometimes doens working

  13. jose
    3:50 AM on September 20th, 2009

    say you have an alternative home screen app how would you go back to default

  14. ROEi
    4:54 PM on September 21st, 2009

    but where do i put the files i downloaded?
    which location on the phone? plz help

  15. ROEi
    5:15 PM on September 21st, 2009

    oh and also, how do i remove widgets from screen?

    Vladimir Baryshnikov Reply:

    ROEi, you don’t need to download files from here, you always can download them through the market.
    To remove widget from home screen, long press on them and move to trash bin.

  16. ROEi
    8:19 PM on September 21st, 2009

    Vladimir Baryshnikov, thx alot.
    another question i got is how do i add songs? when i put them on the sd it aint show on my phone, how do i add them and play them?

    Vladimir Baryshnikov Reply:

    To ROEi,
    1. You need to put music on SD Card, for example /music
    2. Unmount sdcard from your Operating System
    3. Mount sd on your phone, through notification bar
    4. Open music app (it should scan SD for new added songs)

  17. jose
    1:22 AM on September 22nd, 2009

    say you have an alternative home screen app how would you go back to default!!!!!!!!!plz

    Vladimir Baryshnikov Reply:

    Hello Jose.
    Press HOME button and select default home screen. But if last time you selected “Use by default for this action”, you need to clean default actions.
    For example, if you use aHome, you should go to

    System Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications -> Select aHome -> Click on “Clear Defaults”.

    Then press HOME button and select default home screen.

  18. jose
    10:55 PM on September 22nd, 2009

    thanks soo much, big fan of your widgets im always killing my phone because i dont have service in school and the whole day its looking for some cause i forgot to turn it off, anyways it would be nice if there was a phone on off but just turns off the service not the actual phone if you get what im saying, so i dont have to go through the whole hassal of turning on and off
    but thanks, whether or not you do it, im satisfied

    SandyP Reply:

    I think that’s “Airport Mode”-all the programs work, just no cell signal. SandyP

  19. Polprav
    5:08 AM on October 17th, 2009

    Hello from Russia!
    Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?

  20. Mark
    3:34 AM on November 15th, 2009

    I have downloaded Bluetooth On-Off several times, put it on my homescreen, but can’t get it to work. The Wi-Fi and Sounds work great, but the Bluetooth doesn’t do anything. When I click on it, it jumps, but the switch doesn’t slide when I try to slide it. I have the new Motorola Verizon Droid. It is my first App Phone and I love it. I’m glad I didn’t do Blackberry or something else.

  21. ari
    10:41 PM on December 15th, 2009

    Thanks good

  22. dariel
    1:34 AM on December 16th, 2009

    I.well love to have wifi

  23. Norm
    5:44 AM on January 28th, 2010

    Thanks for your excellent software. I have one question, My phone is a nexus one and I cannot find your app “mysettings” in the market.

    Thanks again!

    Maxim Yudin Reply:

    Hi, MySettings doesnt support Nexus One still. We will make a support in nearest time. Please write email to us, if you want to be our tester, because we dont have Nexus One for testing.

  24. pasquale
    1:03 AM on February 4th, 2010


  25. Ken
    7:57 PM on February 4th, 2010

    I have a G1 through T-Mobile. When I click on menu the add+ is grayed out – not selectable. How do I get past that? I am trying to add the widget to display silent mode. Thank you.

  26. dan
    9:01 AM on February 10th, 2010

    got a moto droid and installed battery life but cant customize the widget and temp and li ion dont show up what am i doing wrong

  27. jody
    12:57 AM on April 8th, 2010

    I’m looking for an app that is bluetooth on and off and it and I would like it to save the codes of the devices that I want to connect to and the device name also love the one tap feature of this app but I still need to go into setting to connect and put the device code in one tap to do all would be great any suggestions or links to find one or if someone wants to create ond ill be your tester send comments to

  28. fidel
    4:18 AM on June 17th, 2010

    I like your widgets. Could you make some to help me with answering the phone. I believe it would be an app. I would like it to separate my missed, incoming, and outgoing calls. I get to many calls to thumb thru all of them. I would gladly pay for such an app.

  29. claudia
    4:31 PM on June 17th, 2010

    Nice bonito

  30. RogerRabitt
    1:13 PM on July 1st, 2010

    after receiving an update on my phone, I am missing some of my widgets… among other things, the widget “mobiles” which allowed me, to turn on/off the mobile connection for the internet, when not needed… (very similar to “WIFI on/off” )
    Do you have such a widget??
    I very appreciate your work and thank you for your help!

    Vladimir Baryshnikov Reply:

    Yes – Apn OnOff

  31. Tracie
    10:17 PM on July 17th, 2010

    I just installed the silent app with the toggle switch and it appears to be setup backwards. The toggle reads on at the top then off at the bottom for the silent mode. When you select the toggle to be in the “on” position, indicating silent mode to be on, it is not. When you select the toggle to be in the “off”position indicating the silent mode to be turned off, that actually turns it on. Just wanted to provide that feedback.

  32. Bob
    4:52 PM on July 18th, 2010

    Call forwarding Widget

    I have downloaded and made good use of some of your widgets. I was wondering if you could make a switch widget for call forwarding? With Verizon it is a simple sequence of *72 then the number you are forwarding to, and just *73 to turn off call forwarding. I would gladly pay for a widget like this.

  33. ALAN
    7:00 PM on July 25th, 2010

    Grat apps!! I’m, not sure how to have the app that shuts ringer off, as in the middle of a meeting that, requires silece, thankyou Alan

  34. yash
    3:04 AM on July 27th, 2010

    Have my petan

  35. val
    7:16 AM on August 5th, 2010

    i downloaded the fantasy phone lock and decided i did not like it so i uninstalled from the widget and when i turned on my phone am now locked out it wont except my email or password when prompted I have the back flip by motorola and qould like top use my phone any sugestions

  36. val
    7:31 AM on August 5th, 2010

    i finally got a new pattern and would realy like it off my phone how do i uninstall it for good

    Vladimir Baryshnikov Reply:

    This is built in android feature. You can disable it in settings-> security and location.
    To find more information about hows your phone works, check the manual to your phone.

  37. Get31
    12:42 PM on August 11th, 2010


    May we dream that one day your apps would be avaible on bada (and the samsung wave)???
    There is a big market to conquest!! ;-)

  38. Steve Lasky
    11:03 PM on August 20th, 2010

    Hi Vladimar

    I had installed a wonderful app which toggled on my WiFI / Bluetooth/ Gps/ and Network /Screen Brightness all in one rectangular strip that I installed on my DroidX.

    I loved it and use it constantly. The nicest features was the ease of use and the green highlight mbar which ran across the bottom of the app icon for the series making it easy to see status and control with one touch to toggle off and on!

    Some how I accidentally drag to the trash ( me new to phone!) And could not find the app as a group again!

    I see many of the same components as separate apps/icons on your site but do not see the apps as a group I had before! I really want to use that as it was great and compact.

    Can you help me get my favorite back? Please?

    Can you help me find where I can download…. It was curvefish app.

    Thanks so much your creations are the best on the market!

    Waiting for you response email me direct or give me a # where I can cal you.

    Thank you so much.


  39. Simon
    6:33 PM on September 5th, 2010

    Hi there,

    I have just purchased the widget pack and installed the ‘Power Control Blue’ skin.

    However, the widgets have been silver with ‘On/Off’ written on them with a label ‘Loading’ underneath them for at least 10 minutes now…how long does it take for it to load a skin?



  40. Bob G
    10:34 AM on September 9th, 2010

    I installed Battery Life using Market Place on my Samsung Galaxy Vibrant. I added it to one of my home screens. But I cannot figure out how to get into the Settings page so I can change the colors etc. Can you instruct me on how to do it? Thanks

    Vladimir Baryshnikov Reply:

    Click on widget, then click on Color Mode button, then click on colored button int the center of the screen.

  41. Bob G
    11:06 AM on September 9th, 2010

    Hi Vladimir. I Installed AppRemover and Really Like it, but it will not get out of my Notifications Panel on my Samsung Vibrant. Even though I Cleared All and turned the phone off & on a few times. The Blue Arrow remains in my Notification Panel even though the App is in the Applications Icons List in Alphabetical Order where it belongs. How do I get rid of the Blue Arrow? Thanks

    Vladimir Baryshnikov Reply:

    Hi, you need to press menu and uncheck Show Icon in Notification

  42. Bob G
    7:46 AM on September 10th, 2010

    In regard to my post above on Battery Life I found the problem. The App said it was installed and it appeared on my Home Screen. Nothing happened when I clicked on the battery.

    I Uninstalled it and Re-Installed it and it is working fine. I clicked on the battery after the re-install and it took me to the settings menu. Working just fine now.

    Evidently the first install was corrupted.

    Thank you.

  43. Bob G
    10:08 AM on September 10th, 2010

    In regard to my post about the AppRemover Blue Arrow remaining in Notification Window I found the control panel and turned it off. Blue Arrow is gone.
    Thanks for great App

  44. DonDuke
    5:12 PM on September 16th, 2010

    Quick question. I have Verizon Fascinate. Nothing happens when I “press on a vacant spot” on the home page. However, holding down the homepage button brings up a menu of icons that has your SilentMode widget icon on it. However, when I press on it, nothing happens. I can find no “add widget” menu anywhere. When I press the “menu” button, the + Add button is greyed out. Any thoughts?

  45. willian
    12:51 AM on October 4th, 2010


  46. mainframe
    8:02 PM on October 7th, 2010

    I am using the autosync toggle widget. The widget works fine, but the label does not show underneath. I’ve tried all the settings and still cannot get the label to show.

  47. sheo
    6:10 AM on October 13th, 2010

    Para el x10mini no funciona

  48. Pointer Men's Basketball
    8:31 AM on October 30th, 2010

    Maybe you could change the webpage name How to activate widgets on Android? CurveFish to more specific for your blog post you make. I enjoyed the post even sononetheless.

  49. David
    5:36 PM on November 3rd, 2010

    Help! I cannot get pattern lock to uninstall.

    Vladimir Baryshnikov Reply:

    LockPattern – it’s android built in feature. You can turn it off in System Settings-> Security and location.

  50. Ammar
    10:52 AM on November 18th, 2010

    when i download a widget or an app it downloads in azip file when i unzip it there would a lot of files how can i install it?thanks

    Vladimir Baryshnikov Reply:

    Download it and rename zip to apk. Then install with any apk installers.

  51. Craig
    3:33 AM on December 21st, 2010

    I have a problem when I try to add widgets a screen pops up and says sorry the application canvas (process android.process.launcher)has stopped unexpectedly. Please try again. Then it has a button that says Force close. Can I get some suggestions how to fix this problem. TY

    Vladimir Baryshnikov Reply:

    Are you using official firmware?

  52. Donna
    1:16 PM on January 16th, 2011

    Question about widget. How do you delete a widget or shortcut from the home screen? I added one but, now I want to take it off. How do I do it?

  53. Christina
    8:55 AM on January 31st, 2011

    I like it

  54. keith
    11:45 PM on February 24th, 2011

    have htc wildfire tried the app but it’s on the car phone sees meta file not apk

  55. margie
    2:11 PM on March 31st, 2011

    I would like to know why there isn’t a simple app or widget for phones for example mine the HTC incredible to remove WIDGETS. I’m so tired of looking for an app that will help me remove widgets I don’t need. They are draining my battery sooo fast!!! Please help…

  56. aaaftab
    12:29 AM on April 23rd, 2011

    I wana have this facility

  57. johnny
    2:01 AM on June 24th, 2011

    HTC Eris- First Button quit working, kept retring and now locked out .
    App won’t let me sign into my google accout to unlock..
    Now I have a phone that does not work…Help please…..

  58. johnny
    2:03 AM on June 24th, 2011

    PS. App is Fantasy Screen lock

  59. zhay
    3:14 PM on June 26th, 2011

    Hi..can i use this because my power button doesnt work.


  60. sibusiso
    9:39 PM on July 14th, 2011

    i have pc tablet that runs andriod os 2.2 And I am failing to connect to the internet using my vodacom 3G card

  61. Kattcornell
    11:12 PM on July 20th, 2011

    Love it fun

  62. Erick
    8:46 PM on July 27th, 2011

    Instalei mai nao consigo usar tudo em ingles .que bosta vou desistalar

  63. Tim
    2:12 PM on August 4th, 2011

    Is it possible to add the google and Verizon wifi to the wifi toggle? Currently it only toggles stand alone wifi. Love the way it works! Thanks.

  64. Tim
    1:09 AM on August 5th, 2011

    Sorry, I meant gps, not wifi.

  65. Paul
    5:51 AM on September 5th, 2011

    I love your on/off widgets. Do you have a 4G on/off widget? If not, will you make one?

  66. Caarl
    6:59 PM on September 10th, 2011

    Will your widgets work on Android 3 (Honeycomb) tablets?

  67. JoseMi
    5:28 PM on September 29th, 2011

    How can I place a widget inside a folder?

  68. carlos
    6:35 PM on November 14th, 2011


  69. Bas
    3:58 PM on November 30th, 2011

    GPS ON Off does not work…. The Icon changes…. but the GPS is not switched off at all (or On)

  70. kyznetslov
    10:30 PM on December 8th, 2011

    how do I activate the WiFi on/off on a Kindle Fire? The instructions say to use the Menu button from home screen but there isn’t one. thanks

  71. B M H
    9:31 PM on December 20th, 2011

    I didn’t have any trouble at all installing the wifi widget, but I wanted to leave a comment thanking you, and giving you a little praise for being so good about answering questions! Thanks so much for supporting your products! I wish my paid app devs were so well-supported!

  72. drillone
    6:09 AM on December 23rd, 2011

    GPS Onoff is not working on android 2.3.3 in dell streak.
    Plz check this.

  73. Kalah
    3:16 AM on December 28th, 2011

    i turned the switch to on. But I cant use the wi fi for another device

  74. kmsilver
    8:48 AM on March 12th, 2012

    Is the WiFi widget compatible with the Toshiba Thrive, running 3.2.1? I’m no idiot when it comes to computers and tablets, but this issue has me completely dumbfounded and absolutely furious. I long-click on the home screen, select “Widget”, but there is NO option for the Curvefish widget. I’ve installed it without ANY issue on my HTC Evo, but the Thrive is giving me a massive headache. Any help would be appreciated.

  75. thillairajan
    8:19 AM on April 2nd, 2012

    plice witgegate

  76. thillairajan
    8:21 AM on April 2nd, 2012


  77. cpv
    5:06 AM on April 3rd, 2012

    Yaoo descargue y lo habri, di todos los pasos pero no kiere prender el bluetwooth!! Pork?? K pasa??

  78. Dido
    9:54 PM on May 25th, 2012

    I deleted something and now i can not start my widgets what I should to do

  79. Dido
    10:00 PM on May 25th, 2012

    the aplication Canvas (process android.process.launcher) has stopped unexpectedly?????????????????????

  80. Robert M. Liddle
    4:35 PM on August 17th, 2012

    Motorola droid4 verizon with new version 6.16.217. Your apps worked great with 6.16.211 but I need help with new. Menu on home page no longer gives ADD+. Thanks

  81. Roodles
    3:03 PM on September 2nd, 2012

    I really like the site’s look and easy to navigate, intuitive layout. I followed the link at the bottom of the page and checked out the hosting services by WebFaction and was wondering if you would share a list of the services/applications you use to make the site look and function this good as well as an approximate cost breakdown. I’m hoping to get my own site set up soon and yours is a great inspiration. Thanks!

  82. jrr
    1:51 PM on October 25th, 2012

    I love tistas va jay jay

  83. mike
    9:47 AM on December 5th, 2012

    I love your widgets but I would like one to toggle wifi hotspot on/off and would gladly pay for it.

  84. aakash
    8:09 PM on February 18th, 2013

    I love wedgets

  85. Bayo
    6:21 AM on July 1st, 2013

    Do you know that command line to add the widget Android phones, I want to launch my widget programmatically my using AM or ADB command or Shell or similar commands, please help!!

  86. Uwe
    11:20 PM on November 6th, 2013

    I installed wifi on-off, but can not put it on homescreen, because I can not find/select it in widgets (Android 4.4, Nexus 5). Perhaps you can hell, thanks, Uwe

    Uwe Reply:

    Now it’s there :-)

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