Change what’s on your Home screen on Android

Your Home screens are what you see when you don't have an app open. By default, your main Home screen shows the date, weather, and a few apps.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 10 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Go to Home screen

First, choose how to get around. Then, learn how to move around.

  • Gesture navigation: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  • 2-button navigation: Tap Home Home.
  • 3-button navigation: Tap Home Home.

You can have more than one Home screen. Swipe right or left to move between them.

Customize your Home screen

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

At the top of your main Home screen, you'll see "At A Glance" information for where you are and what you're doing. For example, you could see the date, weather, or what's next on your calendar.

To change what shows there:

  1. Touch and hold that space.
  2. Tap Preferences Preferences.

Change apps at the bottom

At the bottom of your screen, you'll see a row of favorite apps.

  • Remove a favorite app: From your favorites, touch and hold the app that you'd like to remove. Drag it to another part of the screen. Lift your finger.
  • Add a favorite app: Swipe up to the top from the bottom of your screen. Touch and hold an app. Move the app into an empty spot with your favorites. Lift your finger.​ 

Change other Home screen settings

Important: Settings can vary by phone. For more info, contact your device manufacturer.

  1. On your Home screen, touch and hold an empty space. 
  2. Tap Home settings.

Search on your Home screen

Use search and "Ok Google"

  • To type your search, tap the Google icon Google .
  • To speak your search, or to tell your phone to do something, say "Ok Google." You can also tap the Assistant iconAssistant. Learn about your Google Assistant.

Turn search bar animations on or off

You'll sometimes see animations in the search bar on your Home screen. The animations are temporary for special events, like holidays.
To turn off these animations, or turn them back on:
  1. Touch and hold the search bar.
  2. Tap More More and then Preferences.
  3. Turn Searchbox effects on or off.

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