Change what’s on your home screen on Android

If no app is open, your home screen will appear. By default, your main home screen shows the date, weather and a few apps.


Go to home screen

Depending on your phone, either:

  • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  • Tap Home Home or Home Home.

On some phones, you can have more than one home screen. Swipe right or left to move between them.

Customise your home screen

Change an app

At the bottom of your screen, you'll find a row of favourite apps.

  • Remove a favourite app: From your favourites, touch and hold the app that you'd like to remove. Drag it to another part of the screen.
  • Add a favourite app: From the bottom of your screen, swipe up. Touch and hold an app. Move the app into an empty spot with your favourites. 

Change other home screen settings

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

Search on your home screen

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

Turn search bar animations on or off

You'll sometimes find animations in the search bar on your home screen. The animations are temporary for special events, like holidays.

To turn these animations on or off:

  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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