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How to: Resize Widgets on Jelly Bean [Beginners’ Guide]

Some time ago, back when Honeycomb 3.1 was released, Google enabled the re-sizing of some widgets on Android. It wasn’t very good and many widgets were unsupported. But as time goes by, the feature has grown and has become one of the many reasons Android shines over other operating systems.

If you use a 3rd party launcher, then re-sizing widgets is probably second nature by now, but for those who use the stock launcher, we’ll go over how to place a widget and then re-size it to fit your screen or whatever space you want it to fill. Let’s get to it. 

Re-sizing widgets:

You can’t resize all widgets, but many of the widgets that come “stock” on Android can be re-sized. For example, widgets that can be changed are Gmail, Calendar, Browser Bookmarks, Google Voice, etc. You’ll just have to go through and see if the widget you want to re-size supports it.

1.  Choose a widget you want to re-size from the app/widget drawer.

Above, we have used the Bookmarks widget for the Browser application.

2.  Long press and drag the widget to a homescreen.
3.  Press the widget until you feel your device vibrate and then release it.
4.  You will see four dots popup and a line bordering the widget’s area.
5.  Drag the dots to their desired position for what size you would like then release.
6.  Once done, hit the back button.

You just re-sized a widget. Now go, re-size them all and enjoy some Jelly Bean goodness.

*The rest of the Android Beginners’ Guide is a one-stop shop for all of those new to Android.

  • crchapin

    How did you get the 3 user soft buttons to turn blue?

  • Glen E Ston

    How to: Wipe Your Own Butt

  • slashsarc

    Where can we get that wallpaper?

  • Adam

    Would be nice if VZW would push me my dang ‘ol JB OTA update already… your work around has failed to produce the juice.

    • Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Keep trying though! 🙂

    • michael arazan

      settings–apps—all apps—google service framework— clear cache and clear data, then force stop. Go to check updates. took only 2 tries for me

      I have read it takes some people a few times more.

    • It took me about 7 times before it worked for me. I did the forcestop cleaned my cache rebooted then tried and it worked. Just make sure that you are in Wi-Fi Mode!!!!

  • KleenDroid


    • KleenDroid

      I guess people don’t think these stories are amazing.