Add apps, shortcuts and widgets to your home screens

To quickly get to your favourite content, you can customise your home screens. You can add and organise:

  • Apps
  • Shortcuts to content inside apps
  • Widgets that show information without opening apps
Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 9 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Add to home screens

Add an app
  1. Open All apps. Learn how to open apps
  2. Touch and drag the app. You’ll find images of each home screen.
  3. Slide the app to where you want it. Lift your finger.
Add a shortcut
  1. Touch and hold the app, then lift your finger. If the app has shortcuts, you'll get a list.
  2. Touch and hold the shortcut.
  3. Slide the shortcut to where you want it. Lift your finger.

Tip: To use a shortcut without adding it to a home screen, tap it.

Add or resize a widget

Add a widget

  1. On a Home screen, touch and hold an empty space.
  2. Tap Widgets Widgets.
  3. Touch and hold a widget. You’ll get images of your Home screens.
  4. Slide the widget to where you want it. Lift your finger.

Tip: Some apps come with widgets. Touch and hold the app, then tap Widgets Widgets.

Resize a widget

  1. Touch and hold the widget on your home screen.
  2. Lift your finger. If the widget can be resized, you'll find an outline with dots on the sides.
  3. To resize the widget, drag the dots.
  4. When you've finished, tap outside the widget.

Organise on home screens

Make a folder (group)
  1. Touch and hold an app or shortcut.
  2. Drag that app or shortcut on top of another. Lift your finger.
    • To add more, drag each one on top of the group.
    • To name the group, tap the group. Then, tap the suggested folder name. You can also tap one of the suggested names at the top of the keyboard or type the name that you want to use.
Move an app, shortcut, widget or group
  1. Touch and drag the item. You’ll see images of your home screens.
  2. Slide the item to where you want it.
  3. Lift your finger.
Remove an app, shortcut, widget or group
  1. Touch and hold the item.
  2. Drag the item up to remove Remove.
  3. Lift your finger.

You can find 'Remove', 'Uninstall' or both. 'Remove' takes an app off your home screen only. 'Uninstall' takes it off your phone.

Organise home screens

Add a home screen
  1. Touch and hold an app, shortcut or group.
  2. Slide it to the right until you get a blank home screen.
  3. Lift your finger.
Remove a home screen
  1. Move your apps, shortcuts, widgets and groups off the home screen.
  2. After the last one is removed, the home screen will be removed.

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