Widgets are among the best part of the Android interface that provide easy access to real-time data, application shortcuts and much more.
But it becomes a pain when widgets start getting piled up in the widget list, making it hard to search for a particular. For an example, Beautiful widgets will alone add 12 items in the list that includes different widgets for different grid size. Of-course, you won’t need them all, like a 5×5 widget, made for tablets, is useless on a phone. So it’s better to disable them and here’s a small tutorial on how you can do it using an application: Autostarts. It costs a dollar but trust me, it’s worth it!
Download: Autostarts ($1) | QR Code at the end
Once you’ve installed the application, launch it on your phone. There will be several ‘events’ where each of them describe a particular situation, pretty much understandable by their names.
- Scroll to the bottom and find “Widget updating”. Expand that event.
- Tap on undesired widgets and choose “Disable”. (You can enable them later-on though.)
- Restart your phone. Done.
What’s more Included?
The functionality of Autostarts isn’t limited to just removal of items from the widgets list. It can also disable applications that automatically start when you turn on your phone; many of which you don’t need, thus minimizing your phone’s startup time. Handy.
Further, apps can also be disabled from different events like Connectivity Changed, Screen Off, Wi-Fi state changed and lots more. Go ahead, try it yourself, it’s worth a dollar 🙂