How to Add a Widget to Your Samsung Galaxy S4 Lock Screen

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One of the things that Google’s Android OS has over Apple’s iOS is its support for widgets. With Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, users can even add widgets to their device’s lock screen and see important notifications at a glance. However, on Samsung’s Galaxy S4, the phone-maker’s TouchWiz interface makes enabling this feature a little different than on stock Android. Samsung also allows you to add a favorite apps widget for quick access to your 12 favorite apps without unlocking your phone. 

If you have a Galaxy S4, here’s how to add widgets to your lock screen. 

1.  Navigate to the settings menu. You can get there by pulling down the notifications drawer from the top of the screen and tapping the gear icon in the upper right corner.

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2. Select the My device tab. 

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3. Tap Lock Screen. 

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4. Check the box for Multiple Widgets to allow you to add widgets on your lock screen.

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5. Bring up your lock screen. You can get there by pressing the power button on the side of your phone, waiting a second and then pressing it again. 

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6. Swipe or drag the clock widget sideways. You should see a second window come into view. 

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A lock icon and dots should appear at the bottom of your home screen to indicate which lock screen you are on. The Galaxy S4 supports up to six lock screens, each with one widget. 

7. Tap the Plus tile that appears on an empty lock screen. If you don’t come across a plus sign, that screen has been used for a widget. Keep swiping sideways till you see a Plus like the one below. You will see a list of widgets you can add to the page. 

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8. Select the widget you want to put on your lock screen. 

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And voila! You’re all set.

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To add more widgets, simply swipe sideways again. Remember that only six widget lock screens are supported. If you want to remove an existing widget, simply long press on it, then drag it over the the trash can that shows up at the top of the screen.

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Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn joined the Laptopmag team in June 2013 and has since been writing about all things tech and digital with a focus on mobile and Internet software development. She also edits and reports occasionally on video. She graduated with a M.S. in Journalism (Broadcast) from Columbia University in May 2013 and has been designing personal websites since 2001.
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  1. Robert Says:

    doesn’t work in AT&T. try it.

  2. lia Says:

    So basically this cannot be done incase we have a pin or password set up?

  3. Alex Says:

    This only works if you use swipe to unlock, if you use pin or pattern you are unable to do anything.

  4. paulo Says:

    I have samsung galaxy s4 but there is no such option for multiple widget my version is 4.2.2 jely bean


  5. izzy Says:

    hey guys in order to work you need to go to lock screen first and then change it to swipe mode.. then you could follow the next steps…

  6. Jessica Says:

    Hi i want to ask you something, every time i press the lock screen and the home screen mode in the settings, there’s nothing that comes out *sorry for my bad grammar, english is not my first language* Galaxy S4 4.2.2

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