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Remove the Calendar & Weather widget from your Pixel’s home screen «Android :: Gadget Hacks

Google’s “At A Glance” widget gives you current weather conditions and upcoming events from your Google calendar in a convenient place at the top of your home screen. But on Pixel phones, this widget is permanently embedded in the launcher, so you can’t long press it to remove it.

In fact, there are no settings at all in the Pixel Launcher that let you get rid of the At A Glance widget. This basically gives you two options: install a root app that can customize the Pixel Launcher, or switch to a different home screen app. Either way, I think you’ll be really happy with the results once you take the time to follow these steps.

Method 1
: Switch to a custom launcher

This can be a bitter pill to swallow, but if your Pixel isn’t rooted, your only option is to change your home screen app. If you are interested, you should know that all Pixel phones are easy to root. In fact, I would argue that these are the best phones for rooting.

Step 1: Set Lawnchair as your default home screen

But if rooting isn’t an option, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a Pixel Launcher clone with tons of customization features called Lawnchair 2. It’s the most faithful version of Pixel’s stock home screen app – even more so than the Custom Pixel Launcher, which is another great option – and you can even keep the Google Discover feed on the leftmost home page of it. Recently, the app’s creators hired seven new software developers to help with the coding, so expect regular updates.

To try it out, install the app from the link above, then open your Pixel’s main Settings app. There, tap on “Apps & Notifications”, then select “Advanced” and choose “Default Apps”. On the next screen, select “Home App” and then choose Lawnchair from the list. Congratulations, you just changed your default home screen app!

Step 2: Remove the At A Glance Widget

The app comes with an imitation version of the At A Glance widget, but you can just long press it, then drag it to the top of the screen and drop it on the “Delete” option to get rid of it. Now your home screen should look pretty close to what you wanted in the first place, but there’s one more step.

(1) Standard Pixel Launcher. (2) Lawnchair with the widget removed.

Step 3: Enable the Google Discover feed

For the Google Discover feed, long press an empty space on your new home screen and choose ‘Home settings’. From there, choose ‘Plugins’ and then tap ‘View Google App Feed’. Then tap on “Get Lawnfeed” in the popup.

You will now be taken to a website where you can download a plugin for Lawnchair. Here, tap the blue “Get Lawnfeed” button and then hit “OK” at the file type warning that appears at the bottom of Chrome.

Now open your notification shade and tap on it Download complete notification for the Lawnfeed APK. Then most users are greeted with a system dialog saying Chrome is unable to install this app. Here, tap on “Settings”.

On the next screen, enable the toggle next to the “Install other apps” permission for Google Chrome and press “OK” to confirm your choice. Now perform the back gesture or tap the back button to return to that system window. This time, tap on ‘Install’.

Now go back to the Plug-ins menu in Lawnchair’s settings and turn on the switch next to “Show Google App Feed” again. Once done, go to your home screen and swipe to the left page – you will now see the Google Discover feed!

Method 2: Use a Magisk module (root required)

If you’re determined to keep the default Pixel Launcher, but still want to get rid of the At A Glance widget, then developer Eden Gonzales has just the mod for you. Of course you need to be rooted with Magisk installed to use this method.

Step 1: Download files

First you need to download two files: an APK and a Magisk module. The files are different for the different Pixels out there, so start by tapping the link with your model’s name below.

The links all point to the second post in the release threads, which contain the download links. So scroll down to the bottom of the message and tap on both links to get both files.

Step 2: Install the APK

Then open your notification shade and tap on it Download complete notification for Pixel Launcher Editor app. Assuming you already have the Install Other Apps permission enabled for Chrome, just tap “Install” in the popup to get the app on your system.

Step 3: Install the Magisk module

Now open your Magisk Manager app and tap the puzzle piece icon in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen to go to the Modules tab. Here, tap on ‘Install from storage’ and browse to your download folder to select the Pixel Launcher ZIP. The installation will start immediately and once it is done go ahead and tap “Restart”.

Step 4: Install Substratum Lite

Next, go to the Play Store and grab the free Substratum Lite app.

Open it and tap “Grant” on the superuser access request. From there, you will be greeted by an initial setup guide. If you think you might want to use this app to theme other apps in the future, I recommend enabling the “Substratum theme compatibility mode” toggle during this setup tour.

Step 5: Configure the theme

Now open Substratum Lite (it’s just called “lite” in your app drawer) and tap “Pixel Launcher Editor” from the main menu Themes tab. From there, tap on it Grid4x5 drop down at the top of the screen and select “Grid5x5.” Leave the check box to the right of it unchecked.

Also leave the “Android system” section alone and unchecked. But check the box next to “Pixel Launcher” and then tap “Icon and Summary Options”. Here, scroll to the bottom of the list and select “RemoveAtAGlance.”

Step 6: Install the theme

From here, tap on the “1 selected” button at the bottom of the screen, then choose “Install Selected”. Restart your phone if that’s done.

Step 7: Apply the theme

Finally, reopen the Substratum Lite app (labeled “lite” in your app drawer) and switch to the Manager tab. Here, check the box next to “Pixel Launcher”, then tap the “1 Selected” button and choose “Enable Selection”. Go ahead and boot your phone one last time.

When you get up again, that pesky At A Glance widget is finally gone! However, there are two major drawbacks. First, the search bar at the bottom of your home screen changes from dark gray to black if you have Android’s dark theme enabled. Second, the space once occupied by the widget is unusable.

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