How to add direct call and direct message shortcuts to the home screen (Android)

How to add direct call and direct message shortcuts to the home screen (Android)
Please note: this is a tutorial for inexperienced users.

If you have one or more contacts that you're frequently calling or messaging, you probably want to reach them as fast as possible each and every time. Of course, the Android dialer has a speed dial function that certainly saves some time, but there is an even quicker way to call or message your favorite contacts: by using widget shortcuts. We're now going to show you exactly how to do that.

First of all, you have to open your app drawer, and tap on the Widgets tab. Once your widgets are displayed, you need to look for the "Direct call" and "Direct message" widgets (usually, you'll find them if you flip a few times to the right through all of your widgets). When you long press on any of the two widgets, you'll be able to add it to the home screen. After that, you'll be prompted to specify the contact to which you'd like to have direct access to. And that's pretty much it: you can now call or message your favorite contact(s) from the home screen, with just one tap. In case you have too many favorite contacts that you need quick access to, you can add Contact widgets (which let you both call, and send a message from the home screen, though each action will require two taps).

P.S.: This tutorial was made using stock Android 5.0, but things are relatively similar on other versions of Android.


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7 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

ok then

2. Simona unregistered

Arena come ooon we know this since android released .. since 2009 -2010

6. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

You have to keep in mind, PA might have new readers, and part of their mission might be, to inform and educate old and new readership. Why every so often articles get recycle. Interesting, on my Moto X, all I have to do is select a contact from dial, and widget gets added to the home screen.

3. BReND0

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

iOS needs this feature, I would really love to have a home screen icon to just call/text a person asap... Unlock phone - tap icon - text/call/email ........ It is quite conveinient .... Both windows and android have had this ......

4. painnpanic

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I really did not know that feature was available. Now I will never remember phone numbers!

5. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

lol.. really PA? Next will we see a how to guide for making a phone call?

7. sebstin

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

Its missing in Galaxy S6.. Not sure why they removed it. .stupid fellows... Alternately there is an app (

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