Widgets are mini-apps (e.g., weather, clock, calendar, etc.) that can be added to a Home screen. They aren't the same as shortcuts as they generally display info and take up more space than a single icon.
From a Home screen, select and hold an empty space.
Tap Add apps and widgets.
Tap the preferred home panel (located at the top) for the widget.
For an item to be successfully added, there must be sufficient space within the selected panel. Up to five home panels are supported.
From the dropdown menu (located on the left side), tap Widgets.
Tap the preferred widget.
If applicable, tap additional options to activate the widget.
Options vary depending upon widget type.