Samsung has built quite the reputation in the industry, offering some of the best hardware you can get in a phone.From stunning cameras to solid build quality, the tech giant clearly has a set when it comes to hardware.
At the same time, it has also been increasing its investment in software over the past few years, as evidenced by its users' fondness for One UI.If you own a Galaxy phone or tablet, you need to try these seven Samsung widgets that will make it easier for you to interact with the device.Let's take a look:
1. Samsung Clock Widget
For many people, the clock widget is the first widget they put on their home screen.Besides being useful, it is also a UI decoration element that makes your phone look more beautiful.
Samsung Clock has four widgets.Alarm clock, digital clock, analog clock and dual clock.In One UI 4, Samsung upgraded the Dual Clock widget to display the day and night colors of your chosen location, making the widget more intuitive and at-a-glance.
If you're more old-fashioned, you'll love personalizing your analog clock by choosing from different watch faces.Note that all clock widgets are resizable except the dual clock.
2. Samsung Weather Widget
Just like the clock widget, the weather widget is now more intuitive than before, especially the dynamic weather widget, which changes color based on the current weather conditions in the selected region.
In addition to this, there are basic weather widgets, a weather forecast widget that shows forecasts for the next five days, and a weather and clock widget.All four widgets are resizable, although there aren't many options.
3. Bixby Routine Widget
Bixby Routines is an automation tool integrated into Bixby, Samsung's native voice assistant.Without a doubt, it is one of the most useful features on your Galaxy phone.You can use it to teach Bixby your daily routine, giving it instructions to perform certain tasks with simple "If This, Then That" commands.
For example, if you're going out, you can set your Bixby routine to turn off Wi-Fi and dark mode, and turn on mobile data, location, and battery saver.You can also set it to play music from your personal library or Spotify playlists.
To get started, go to Settings > Advanced Features, and switch to Bixby Routines.Click on the same menu to go to the Add Routine tab to create your routine.Once a routine ends, Bixby will automatically reverse all actions it has done previously.
4. Samsung Calendar Widget
The Samsung Calendar widgets are much better than the Google Calendar widgets; they're cleaner, simpler, and easier to understand.Our favorite Samsung Calendar widget is "Today and Month".As the name suggests, it shows you a monthly calendar view and your planned events for the day.
In addition to that, there are lists, countdowns, and months.The List and Month widgets are the same as Month and Today, but with a slightly different interface.The countdown shows how many days you have left until the specific event you've been waiting for, like a birthday, anniversary or wedding.
If you haven't used Samsung Calendar before, you can easily find it in your app drawer; it's one of the Samsung apps that come preinstalled by default on every Galaxy device.
5. Samsung reminder widget
The Samsung Reminders widget displays your reminders, divided into categories like past overdue tasks, today's tasks, upcoming tasks, and no reminders for tasks that you haven't set for any specific date and time.
Samsung Calendar and Samsung Reminder are neck and neck.You can set your calendar to show reminders you create in Reminders and your events by syncing the two apps.This way, you can see all your reminders and events in one place, perfectly organized.
It's important to note that the reminder is also available as an edge panel on your Samsung device.If widgets take up too much space on your home screen, the Reminder's edge panel is a really handy and more ergonomic alternative.
6. Samsung Notes Widget
A lot of people use Samsung Notes instead of Google Keep as their default note-taking app because it's so comprehensive and feature-rich.If you're one of those people, you should take advantage of the app's widgets.
Notes have a total of three widgets.Shortcuts provide quick access to a specific note, Create Notes to write a new note, and Show Notes to display the note and its contents.The Create Notes widget shows you different ways to create notes using text, handwriting, drawing, images, and voice recordings.
Note that the "Create Notes" and "Shortcuts" widgets cannot be resized, while the "Show Notes" can stretch to take up the entire home screen for an app-like experience.
7. SmartThingsscene widget
If you useSmartThingsAs your home automation solution, then the Scenes widget can come in handy.Samsung defines scenarios as "behavioral filters for families."A scene is a collection of routine-related actions that you want SmartThings to perform.
There are three scene widgets to choose from.The first shows one scene, the second shows four scenes, and the third can be resized to fill the entire home screen, showing up to 20 scenes at a time.
Fill your home screen with Samsung widgets
Samsung improves the look and feel of its apps with every major update to One UI, but widgets sometimes don't get as much attention.Thankfully, One UI 4 brings a much-needed refresh to widgets, bringing them more in line with Android 12's design overhaul, while still retaining the One UI classic look that fans love.
If you don't like the pure white (or black, if you use dark mode) background color on your widgets, you can easily adjust the opacity of most of them, or make them fully transparent so they don't Will interfere with your wallpaper.
If you go into the widget list, you'll also see several widgets recommended based on your usage.In addition to the seven we've mentioned in this list, there are other widgets you can also try, such as Device Care, Samsung Music, Digital Wellbeing, and more.Feel free to experiment until you find what works best for you.
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