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What's a widget?

The word 'widget' has a couple of meanings. Originally, it meant a little mechanical device, and it was essentially synonymous with 'whatchamacallit'. Nowadays, on Android and iOS devices, widgets are a way to add a snapshot of your apps to your home screen (for Android), or to the notifications center (for iOS). They allow you to see updates without opening the app.

What does it do?

The Simple widget shows your Safe-to-Spend and the two Goals that you've used most recently (either by contributing to, spending from, or editing them). If you tap on your Safe-to-Spend, it'll bring you to the Activity page. If you tap on a Goal, it'll take you directly to that goal.

If you decide you'd prefer to see just your Safe-to-Spend in the widget, you can go to the Accounts and Settings page (this link only works on iOS devices with the app installed) and change your widget settings.

Setting it up

Widgets are available on iOS 8+, and they live in your Notification Center.

  1. Slide your finger down from the top of your home screen to bring up the Notification Center, and then scroll through the Today view until you see Edit. description
  2. Hit that, and you'll see a list of the apps on your device that have widgets.
  3. Simple should be on that list (it'll be under the Do Not Include section) so just tap the green plus sign next to Simple. description
  4. Check out the Today view again to see your widget. description

What's a widget?

The word 'widget' has a couple of meanings. Originally, it meant a little mechanical device, and it was essentially synonymous with 'whatchamacallit'. Nowadays, on Android and iOS devices, widgets are a way to add a snapshot of your apps to your home screen (for Android), or to the notifications center (for iOS). They allow you to see updates without opening the app.

What does it do?

The Simple widget shows your Safe-to-Spend and the two Goals that you've used most recently (either by contributing to, spending from, or editing them). If you tap on your Safe-to-Spend, it'll bring you to the Activity page. If you tap on a Goal, it'll take you directly to that goal. description

You can also install our Simple Instant widget, which lets you instantly transfer funds to another Simple customer. description

Setting it up

There are two primary ways to add a widget on Android. Depending on the type of device you're using, you may be able to use one, the other, or both.

First off, try pressing your finger against your home screen and holding it down for a few seconds. This should bring up a menu with an option for Apps and Widgets. If it doesn't, look for the Apps icon on your home screen, and tap that to bring up Apps and Widgets.

From here, select Widgets and then scroll through the menu (it's alphabetical) until you find Simple. Press your finger onto the widget until it pops out of the menu and onto your home screen. Then drag it to the spot where you'd like to place it and release it. If you're adding the Instant widget, you'll be asked to sign into the app to pick the instant contact you'd like associated with the widget. That’s pretty much it!

Heads up: alternately, you can add the instant widget to your home screen from within the app. While you're scheduling an Instant transfer, tap on the information icon next to your contact's name to add a widget to your home screen.

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