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Add apps, shortcuts & widgets to your Home screens

To quickly get to your favorite content, you can customize your Home screens. You can add and organize:

  • Apps
  • Shortcuts to content inside apps
  • Widgets that show information without opening apps
Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Add to Home screens

Add an app
  1. Open All Apps. Learn how.
  2. Touch and drag the app. You’ll see 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 see 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 see 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 see an outline with dots on the sides.
  3. To resize the widget, drag the dots.
  4. When you're done, tap outside the widget.

Organize on Home screens

Make groups (folders)
  1. Touch and hold an app or shortcut.
  2. Drag that app or shortcut on top of another.
    • To add more, drag each one on top of the group.
    • To name the group, tap the group and then Unnamed folder. Type the name.

Move apps, shortcuts, widgets & groups
  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.

Note: On Pixel phones, you can't move the "At A Glance" information at the top of your screen. Learn how to pick what kinds of information show.

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 see "Remove," "Uninstall," or both. "Remove" takes an app off your Home screen only. "Uninstall" takes it off your device.

Note: On Pixel phones, you can't remove the "At A Glance" information at the top of your screen. Learn how to pick what kinds of information show.

Organize Home screens

Add Home screens
  1. Touch and hold an app, shortcut, or group.
  2. Slide it to the right until you see a blank Home screen.
  3. Lift your finger.
Move Home screens
  1. On the Home screen that you want to move, touch and hold an empty space. Lift your finger.
  2. Touch and hold the image of that Home screen.
  3. Slide the image of that Home screen right or left.
Remove Home screens
  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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