What you need to know
- Multiple users are encountering an error preventing them from adding the At a Glance widget to their home screen.
- The error message appears to be intended for developers, making it difficult for less tech-savvy users to troubleshoot.
- Temporary workarounds exist but are not comprehensive, and the issue persists for some users.
If Google’s At a Glance widget has gone bonkers on your phone, you’re not alone. Plenty of Android users are scratching their heads over this glitch with no clue how to fix it.
Reddit and Google’s forums are buzzing with reports about a pesky glitch messing up the At a Glance widget for many users, including this author. Check out the screenshot below, showing the annoying error causing this problem.
According to one user who posted a different screenshot on this Android help page, the widget is either pulling a disappearing act after a quick flash, crashing, or just not bothering to show up at all.
Not only is the widget crashing for some users, but others are also facing issues when trying to add it to their home screen. In some cases, instead of the widget appearing, a red bar pops up with an error message saying “Glance App Widget Error.”
Interestingly, the error message that pops up is pretty technical, using terms that might make sense to developers but not so much to regular users. While some users found hacks to resurrect the widget, like updating their Google app, these workarounds don’t seem to be a magic bullet for everyone.
The glitch is affecting a diverse range of Android phones, from the latest Google Pixel models to Samsung’s Galaxy flagships and OnePlus devices. This widget drama isn’t picky when it comes to Android versions either, with the error popping up on everything from Android 12 to Android 14.
And for Google Pixel users, the problem is even more frustrating, as they can’t even remove the widget from their home screens.
Unfortunately, Google has yet to acknowledge the issue. We’ve reached out to the company and will update this article when we receive a response.