Top 8 Ways to Fix Wid­gets Not Updat­ing on Android

Pankil Shah

Widgets have to be the most underrated feature on Android. While some barely even know about their existence, others can't live without them. And if you belong to the latter half, you might often use widgets to glance at the information or perform certain operations without loading the app. But as is the case with most Android features and widgets, they are not free of errors.

Top 8 Ways to Fix Widgets Not Updating on Android

So whether these Widgets have not been updating data or have stopped working entirely, we’ll show you some troubleshooting solutions that you can apply to get past the problem with ease. So, let’s get started.

1. Check Internet Connectivity

Like apps, most widgets that you use on your Android require a stable internet connection to work. For instance, widgets like weather or Gmail constantly need to connect to the internet to update data. Thus, you can start by making sure that your phone is connected to a stable internet connection.

2. Restart Your Device

If the internet is working fine and you’re still facing trouble with your widgets, then you can try restarting your Android to see if it helps. Often, issues such as widgets not updating are easily resolved by merely rebooting your Android device.

3. Remove and Re-Add the Widget

Removing and re-adding the widget on Android has seemed to work well while fixing widget-related issues. Thus, before trying out other solutions, you can try re-adding the widget.

To remove a widget, tap and hold the widget and drag it to the Remove option at the top.

Remove Widgets Android

Once removed, tap and hold anywhere on your home screen and select Widgets from the menu that pops up. Now add your widget again to see if it is working fine now.

Add Widgets Android

4. Turn Off Power Saver

Battery savers on Android often cut down an app’s ability to work in the background. And the same holds true for app widgets as well. Thus, you can try turning it off by bringing down the notifications panel and clicking on the battery icon.

Turn Off Battery Saver

5. Allow App to Work In Background

Aside from the system battery saver, you can also check if the app associated with the particular widget isn’t prohibited from working in the background to save power. If it is, then it can hinder the app's widget from updating data.

Follow the steps below to make sure that the app is allowed to work in the background.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your phone. Go to Apps and Notifications.

Apps and Notifications Android

Step 2: Now scroll down and find the app associated with the widget.

Google Fit App

Step 3: On the app info page, expand the Advanced menu and go to Battery.

Advanced Menu
App Battery Settings

Step 4: Under Manage Battery Usage, tap on the Background restriction option followed by Remove to allow the app to work in the background.

Background Restriction
Remove Background Restriction

Now go ahead and restart the app and re-add the app widget to see if the issue is resolved.

6. Update the App

Sometimes, the issues you’re facing with your Android widgets might be related to the app itself and not your phone. So, if the widgets not updating problem is limited to a particular app or two, you can try updating the app in question to see if that fixes the issue.

7. Clear App Cache and Data

Apps on our phones often tend to collect cache data as we continue to use them. And while this cache data helps the app and widget load up things faster, it can also get corrupted overtime for no reason. So, if the above methods fail to solve the widget problems on Android, then you can try clearing the app’s cache and data to see if it helps. Here’s how.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your phone. Navigate to Apps and notifications.

Step 2: Now scroll down and find the app associated with the widget from the list.

Google Fit App

Step 3: Go to Storage and cache and tap on the Clear cache button to remove cache data.

Storage and Cache
Clear App Cache

Now the app should purge any cache data and load up things from scratch. If the issue persists, then repeat the above steps to clear app data instead.

8. Check for System Updates

Lastly, you can try installing system updates on your device. If your device is new, chances are there’re some pending updates released by the company that has fixed the widgets issue on your Android along with everything else.

Data At Glance

That concludes our troubleshooting post for widgets not updating on Android. Hopefully, one of the solutions should fix the widgets issue for good, and you should be back to enjoying your informative and customizable widgets again.


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Pankil Shah

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Pankil Shah

Pankil is a Civil Engineer by profession who started his journey as a writer at EOTO.tech. He recently joined Guiding Tech as a freelance writer to cover how-tos, explainers, buying guides, tips and tricks for Android, iOS, Windows, and Web.