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, touch and hold a blank area of the screen.
From the menu, tap Add apps and widgets.
From the Dropdown menu (located toward the left), ensure that Widgets is selected.
Drag the widget icon to the preferred Home screen location then release.
For the widget to be successfully added, there must be sufficient space on the screen.
If applicable, tap additional options to activate the widget.
Options vary depending upon shortcut type.