How to add a contact to your Android home screen

Call or text that someone special right away thanks to these handy widgets.

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Derek Walter

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Android’s 1x1 widgets are powerful and underused tools that can help you start a specific action very quickly. 

One example is the ability to add a contact directly to your home screen. Android gives you three options: a widget that launches that individual’s contact card, a direct dial, or text message.

Touch and hold on the home screen and then select Widgets. Then choose from one of the three choices: Contact 1x1, Direct dial 1x1, or Direct message 1x1. 

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Three contacts widgets are available to choose from.

The contact widget will launch that individual’s contact card details, such as phone number, email, and address. The direct dial widget will launch a phone call. When you place the widget on your home screen, you’ll need to choose the specific phone number that the dialer will start calling, if you have multiple numbers for that contact.

Direct message will start a text message with the default texting app on your phone. It’s pretty handy for a significant other or anyone else you text frequently, as you don’t need to dig through your messaging app to find the conversation.

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You can immediately call, text, or view contact details right from your home screen.

The exact look may differ depending on your phone’s interface, but these three main options should be on most Android phones. Additionally, third-party dialer apps like Facebook’s Hello offer their own direct links you can put on the home screen.

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