Stop Android apps from automatically adding widgets on your home screen

Applications installed from Play Store sometimes tend to automatically place widgets to the home screen of your smartphone or tablet. Your home screen can easily become cluttered and will look a mess. This short and simple guide will show you how to disable automatic widget adding functionality.


First of all you should have the latest version of Google Play Store installed on your device. If you don’t, then this trick won’t work for you.

To stop Android apps from automatically placing widgets on your home screen, follow these steps:

  1. open Play Store
  2. go to Settings in Play Store
  3. uncheck “Auto-add widgets” option
  4. exit Play Store app (settings are saved automatically)

That’s all there is to it. With disabled auto app-widgets option, you can install as many apps you want in one go and not worry about widgets filling up your home screen.


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Inter-lingual communicator by profession, Marko is a technology enthusiast. He fell in love with Android little over a year ago, now spending most of his time on xda-developers and similar forums. Quick learner and always there to help. Contact him at
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