13 Replies Latest reply: Nov 30, 2011 7:50 AM by unclespoon RSS

Why can't I install widgets from Android Market?

msloftin

I am having trouble installing widgets from the Android Market -- I can install Market apps OK, but not widgets. Twice I have tried to install widgets: I find the widget at the Market; I click "Install" and receive the message that the widget will be sent to my phone; I click "OK" and the Market status changes to "Installed." Unfortunately, the widget never shows up on my phone. It never appears in the "Widgets" list, nor in the "Applications" list; there is no indication that anything has been installed or downloaded. What am I missing? Thank you.

  • 1. Re: Why can't I install widgets from Android Market?
    tmo_keith_m

    Good question, widgets are super useful, sounds like you are installing them properly but then how are you trying to add them to the home screen are you pressing and holding on open space on your home screen and then selecting widgets?

  • 2. Re: Why can't I install widgets from Android Market?
    msloftin

    Thanks for the prompt reply. I've tried it that way as well as pressing the [ lower left ] menu button, then "Add" and "Widgets." In either case I get a horizontal scroll list along the bottom listing all widgets (with their icons) in alphabetical order (I don't get a vertical scroll text list as depicted in some tutorials I've seen on installing widgets).  I scroll the list backwards and forwards (literally and figuratively) and cannot find the "installed" widget.

  • 3. Re: Why can't I install widgets from Android Market?
    tmo_keith_m

    What specific widget are you downloading if you don't mind me asking?

  • 4. Re: Why can't I install widgets from Android Market?
    msloftin

    Dang! I figured it out. I brought up the "Market" app on my phone, looked there at what was installed, and the widget was listed. I tapped it and followed a few prompts; then when I went to my "Widgets" list, it appeared there as well. The apps I've installed from the Market were done through my PC connected to the Market website; by clicking "Install," the app is pushed to the phone. With the widgets, they apparently were pushed to the phone, but not installed there automatically. Oh well, live and learn. Thanks, all.

  • 5. Re: Why can't I install widgets from Android Market?
    tmo_keith_m

    Great info thanks for sharing!

  • 6. Re: Why can't I install widgets from Android Market?
    msloftin

    One more comment: when I found the widgets on my phone with the Market app, and subsequently tapped "Install," I was prompted to enable background data (menu \ Settings \ Accounts and sync \ Background data); when I did so, the widget installed fine. I usually keep background data disabled to squeeze more battery life. I wonder if that might not be what prevented the "pushed" widgets from installing automatically like the apps that are installed from the website. Regardless, after I got the widget on my desktop and played with it a bit, I went back and disabled background data; so far it doesn't appear to have any negative effects on the widget's operation or performance. If and when I verify that, I'll make a final post as such.

  • 7. Re: Why can't I install widgets from Android Market?

    The lack of background data was exactly what prevented the widgets from being pushed to the phone. If unopened apps are not allowed to use data, then the Market can't fetch those apps until it's opened. Try running the phone a few days with background data enabled and see what kind of difference that makes. This phone gets quite good battery life, so I don't think you'll find the need for such extremes. You can have your cake and eat it too.

  • 8. Re: Why can't I install widgets from Android Market?
    msloftin

    Thanks, jaylanphnx, though I tend to disagree about good batter life.T-Mobile has already had to replace one battery after less than a month. However, this is my first experience with smartphones, so perhaps a mere 8 hours of standby time is quite good.  Anyway, it's good to get the widget installation problem resolved.

  • 9. Re: Why can't I install widgets from Android Market?
    unclespoon

    You also have to realize that all the widgets your installing will constantly be updating and syncing and there's so much data being sent/received even while your phone is in "standby."  Make sure you can set them to update only once a day or every few hours or else they'll all be using system resources -thus- battery life. I'm not saying to uninstall everything, but keep in mind the more you have running and syncing, the worse your battery life will be, inevitably.  I have a facebook, calendar, weather widget that all update about once every 3-6 hours and I get 16 hours battery life easy until my phone is around 20% - just some food for thought...

  • 10. Re: Why can't I install widgets from Android Market?
    msloftin

    Thanks, unclespoon. I realized that after a couple of particularly draining days (pun intended); that's why I started leaving background-data sync disabled. This is somewhat off-topic, but I have seen various Market apps that claim to monitor (though not necessarily improve) battery life: Juice Defender, Battery Defender, Battery Saver, et al. Has anyone had in experience with these on a Galaxy S2? (As a matter of protocol, should I open a separate discussion thread for this)?

  • 11. Re: Why can't I install widgets from Android Market?
    unclespoon

    No need to open a new thread, it has been discussed a lot.  Some people argue that 2X battery (an app) will give you better battery life but all any of these apps really do is manage your data conncections for you. 

     

    Most of what the app killers/battery life extenders are going to do is kill more resources and hog more battery life.  Gingerbread is pretty well optimized to manage battery life and it sounds like you're keeping a good eye on things.  There's an app you can get to turn off wifi after 1 minute of not finding any recognized networks, but I don't even worry about that.  Use wifi as much as you can when available to keep battery life up and mobile data usage down and you should be fine. 

     

    Of course, you're welcome to try them out and report back if you feel like they helped at all.  I just try to delete apps I know I'm never going to use and keep constant data/syncing to a minimum.  I've had several 4g phones now and battery life on the SGS2 is WAY better than any other phone I've had thus far!

  • 12. Re: Why can't I install widgets from Android Market?
    msloftin

    From what I've read about these apps, they do things (monitor usage, stop processes, clear caches, etc) that the phone already provides the tools to do; they just consolidate all of these operations into a single interface. This certainly has its merits, but there also seems to be a potential for the founders effect whereby the battery app sucks up the very juice it is intended to conserve! I suppose if I do a little more research and am reasonbly attentive, I can do these things myself. This is all so new to me right now. Thanks again.

  • 13. Re: Why can't I install widgets from Android Market?
    unclespoon

    No problem.  I've had this phone for a little while now and I just realized last night that you can open the "task manager" app and do a lot of what you're saying.  It's also a great idea to restart your phone from time to time to clear the cache and stuff.  Sorry to keep posting, just figured I'd try to help and learn from what everyone has to say as well!