Posted by B. Johnson
One of the best things on Android operating system compared to other mobile OSes out there is the ability for us to add widgets on the homescreen. This not only makes the homescreen look more attractive and intuitive, but it also enhances the experience of using our device.
There are actually tons of interesting widgets that can make our homescreen look awesome. I personally use some widgets on my smartphone. But the one that in my opinion really stands out is the photo gallery widget.
So by using this widget, now I’m able to show off my favorite photos right away on the homescreen. Okay, I know that in stock Android OS, there’s also the default photo gallery widget. But I think it looks pretty standard and not as cool as the photo gallery widget I’m using right now on my smartphone.
Okay then, below I’m about to show you how to add this cool photo gallery widget on the homescreen of your device. Hope you like it!
#1. Go to Google Play Store
The first thing you need to do is open the Google Play Store app on your device because that’s where you can get this photo gallery app.
#2. Find an app called “Photo Frame&Grid Widget”
After opening Google Play Store, now search an app called “Photo Frame&Grip Widget” and then download the app to your device. It’s actually not really heavy in size, so I think it’s fine if you use your mobile data to download this app. But of course, you can WiFi connection instead if you want to save your data.
#3. Add a widget using the app
Okay, if you have successfully installed this app to your device, now firstly add a widget on your homescreen using this app.
To do this, you can simply press any empty area on the homescreen, and then select “Widgets”. After that, scroll down the list and choose the app “Photo Frame&Grid Widget”.
Now to add this widget to your homescreen, try pressing it for more than 2 seconds and then release it on any empty area on the homescreen.
#4. Open the app
Now open the “Photo Frame&Grid Widget” app that you just installed earlier.
#5. Modify the widget setting
Okay, after adding the widget to the homescreen, the next step you need to do here is set up the whole thing of the widget through the app.
#6. Set up the album folder
In order for the photos to appear on the widget, you must firstly choose which folder on your device that contains the photos that you would like to show on the widget.
To do this, you can simply tap on the option “Album folders” and then locate the folder on your device that contains the photos you'd like to show off on the widget.
#7. Change the external photo viewer app
After setting up the photo album, you also need to choose the external photo viewer that later will be used on the widget.
So everytime you tap on any photo in the widget, it will bring you right away to the photo through the photo viewer app of your choice.
For example, if you set up 'Google Photos' as the default external photo viewer on this widget, everytime you tap on any photo, Google Photos will open and show you the photo that just tapped on the widget.
Anyway, to do that, you just need to scroll down > tap on the “External Viewer”. After that, on the next screen, tick off the small box that says “Photo Viewer type” in order to use the external photo viewer of your choice.
And then, in the custom photo viewer app, select the photo viewer app that you have on your device.
#8. Turn off the preview
The next setting you need to modify here is the preview mode. I personally don’t use this feature on my device. So everytime I tap on any photo in the widget, it will bring me right away to the photo, without showing me the preview on the widget.
To do this, you just need to open “Preview/Frame” and then check off the “Preview mode on/off” to turn off this preview feature.
#9. Modify the thumbnails
The next other important setting to modify here is the size of the thumbnails. So as you know already, thumbnails will show you the small version of the photos. And all thumbnails of the photos will appear on the widget.
However, you also need to choose the right perfect size of the thumbnails so they will fit perfectly on the widget.
To do this, you can simply press the option “Thumbnail” > tap on the “Size” > and then pick the size that will fit on the widget. I personally use the option “Medium (HTC Rosie)” so the thumbnails will appear in boxy square shape on the widget.
But if that option doesn’t fit perfectly on the widget, you can also choose other option in the list.
#10. Save the setting
Okay, after you finish setting up the widget, you can save all the settings by pressing the check mark icon on the top of the screen.
As you can see on the widget, it will automatically change itself according to the settings that you just made earlier.
Well, there you have it guys, a really cool photo gallery widget that I personally have been using until today on my device. I hope you also like this widget and find this article helpful.
Anyway, what about you? Do you have any other cool apps that can show photo gallery on the homescreen? If you do, don’t hesitate to share your apps here on the comment section below. I’ll be more than happier to hear them.