The use of Home Screen widgets on Android devices has been a longstanding practice among users, who employ them for various purposes, including aesthetics. However, there have been numerous reports of a common issue known as the “Problem Loading Widget” error on Android, particularly when using third-party launchers.
If you are experiencing this issue, do not worry as we have listed some solutions below to help you fix it.
How to Resolve the “Problem Loading Widget” Error on Android
There are several reasons why you might encounter the “Problem Loading Widget” error. The most common cause is a temporary glitch that can be fixed by rebooting your device or re-adding the widget. However, it could also be due to a corrupt app’s cache or a lack of permissions for custom launchers. Here are some solutions to try:
1. Re-Add the Widget
This solution is straightforward. Firstly, reboot your device and check if the “Problem Loading Widget” error reoccurs. If the problem persists, remove the widget by tapping, holding, and dragging it toward the top of the Home Screen. Next, add it again by following these steps:
1. Tap and hold on to the empty area of the Home Screen to access the Launcher settings.
2. Choose Widgets.
3. Tap, hold, and drag the widget to the location you want it to be on your Home Screen.
2. Check the Custom Launcher Permissions
While the system launcher (the default launcher) has all the necessary permissions to load and keep various widgets on your Home Screen, this is not always the case for third-party custom launchers like Nova Launcher, Microsoft Launcher, or Action Launcher.
Restart your custom launcher and try adding widgets. If it fails, check its permissions. To ensure that a custom launcher can create widgets, back up the launcher settings and reset it.
Then remove the widget and try adding it again. Grant permission to create widgets when prompted, and the error should disappear.
3. Clear Data and Cache
Widgets are part of apps, and you can configure and make changes to them within the app. However, every app stores cache and data locally, and cached files can become corrupted over time, causing problems with apps and their widgets.
To rule out the main app as the cause of the issue, clear its cache and data. Before doing so, move all apps that carry widgets you regularly use to local storage.
Here is how to clear cache and data from an app on Android:
1. Open Settings and go to Apps.
2. Select Manage apps, App Manager, or All apps.
3. Open your launcher from the list of apps.
4. Tap on the Storage option.
5. Clear the cache and data.
Reboot your device and set your custom launcher as the default launcher. Then try adding widgets again.
4. Reinstall the App
If none of the previous steps have solved the “Problem Loading Widget” error, try reinstalling the app. Reinstalling the app that contains the widget usually resolves the issue.
Tap and hold and drag the app from the Home Screen or App Drawer to the top of the screen and uninstall it. Then go to the Play Store and reinstall it.
After reinstalling the app, grant it the necessary permissions (allowing it to work in the background is essential), and try creating another widget.
5. Ensure Your System Is Up to Date
Finally, make sure your system is up to date. Issues with widgets can occur when an app is optimized for a newer version of Android. Check for system updates by navigating to Settings > System > System updates and installing any available updates immediately.
We hope these solutions help you fully address the widget problem. Do not hesitate to share alternative solutions or ask questions in the comments below.