I have Nexus 4 on Android 5.1.1, and I also have an image file with screenshot of my timetable. I'm trying to create a shortcut to it from the home screen.

I've tried 4 separate apps that claim to be able to do this, but all of them crashed.

Is there any way I can create this shortcut?

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    Are you trying to create the shortcut on the home screen? If that's the case then which launcher are you using? Could you mention the name or link of the four apps that you tried, so that the users don't end up suggesting them to you?
    – Firelord
    Aug 12 '15 at 3:48

If you have a Samsung device, go to files and find the picture. Then long press to select it, click more on the bottom, then click add to home screen. :)


As commented above by Firelord, the launcher is important.

In Apex Launcher, if I add a widget for Gallery app, I can select a single image and the selected will be displayed as a 3x3 widget.


So I bought a new phone (Nexus 5x) and Shortcut Image now works for me.

  • If this worked, you may want to add some detail (type of phone, etc.) and accept this answer. Mar 22 '16 at 12:26

To add a shortcut of a picture to your home screen, there's no app needed on the Samsung Android:

Go to 'My Files' (not Gallery). Find the picture you want to add to your home screen. Long Press on that picture (a checkmark will appear over it). On the top Right of your screen click on the 3 dots icon. Select "Add to Home Screen" This method is similar to that listed in an earlier post, but some minor things have been changed in the OS to create this shortcut (probably due to a software update). This is current as of May 2021


For people who are searching to display all pictures from an images folder, there is also this app : Nice Simple Photo Widget

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