Add, Delete and Move Application Shortcuts on the Home Screen of Samsung Galaxy S5

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2 Methods: Method 1 Method 2

This article is part of the VisiHow series of tips and tricks on how to use the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Method 1

Hi, you're watching VisiHow. We've got a tutorial for you today on how to remove icons from your desktop on an Android phone or how to delete them. To get started, let's press this button here on the right side of the phone - our power button - to get the screen open.

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    I'm going to slide to unlock
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    Now as you can see, I've got Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter here on top
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    So, to start with let me just show you
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    When you want to get rid of an icon or remove an icon off of this home screen, you just press and hold it. In this case, we're pressing and holding Twitter.
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    You can see here it says "Remove"
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    Remove does not mean delete, it means remove
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    Let's drop the Twitter icon up to "Remove" - remove that icon.
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    Now, let's go down to our Apps
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    Tap down here in the bottom right.
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    And as you can see, my Twitter is still here
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    So I can just tap and hold that Twitter and put it back on the home screen
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    Again, press and hold Twitter, drag it up to remove
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    It's gone, it's no longer here
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    See, no more Twitter.
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    Now I'm going to over here and tap on Apps
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    Twitter is right there in my Apps folder
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    Right there.
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    Press and hold that Twitter
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    Drag it back onto the home screen.
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    Now, let's take Tumblr
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    Tap the Tumblr icon, hold it, and drag it up to "Remove".
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    Tumblr is no longer on my home screen - no longer anywhere there
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    But it's still here in the Apps folder
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    See this "t" right here?
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    So, I can press and hold this "t", drag it up here to "Uninstall"
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    "Uninstall application
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    Tumblr will be uninstalled." Do I want to do this?
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    Yes, I do
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    Let's tap Uninstall.
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    Tutorial time; we're going to show you how to uninstall
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    So you can swipe down and swipe back up.
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    Tumblr has been uninstalled
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    Now we tap on Apps
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    Where's Tumblr
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    Not there any more!
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    Our Twitter's still here though and our Facebook is still there
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    So let's press the Back key on the bottom-right corner of your phone to get back to the home screen.
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    Now I can get rid of my Twitter as well
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    Press and hold that Twitter icon and drag it up to "Remove".
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    Or, I can leave it on the home screen by dragging it back down
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    I can go into my Apps
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    Just go to the home screen and tap on the Apps button.
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    And I can click on Twitter
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    I can press and hold that, and I can uninstall it by dragging it up to "Uninstall"
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    Okay, so I'm going to uninstall that by clicking "Uninstall", which will also remove it from the home screen
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    Boom
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    Gone from the home screen. Nowhere on my tiles any more.
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    Tap on the Apps button
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    No more Twitter in there
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    So, ladies and gentlemen, that is how you uninstall an application
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    That is also how you remove one from the desktop but don't uninstall it. One last time, because we still have Facebook here.
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    To remove an application from the desktop, tap it and hold it and then drag it up to "Remove"
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    It's not there on the home screen or any screen
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    But, I still have my Facebook icon here in the Apps folder
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    I can then press and hold it again
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    I can drag here to another screen
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    If want to put it on another screen, I just scroll over
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    If I want to put it on another screen, I just scroll over some more
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    Now, I've got a new page for Facebook
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    See, I've created a new page.
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    Want to get rid of Facebook
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    Press the Facebook icon, hold it, and drag it up to "Remove".
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    Want to get rid of this page entirely
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    Press and hold the page and then drag it up to "Remove".
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    So, Facebook
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    Go back to the Apps folder, press and hold the Facebook icon, and let's drag that over to our home screen.
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    Here we go, Facebook is there
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    Facebook is also in the Apps folder
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    Pressing the Back key on your phone - Facebook is there on the home screen
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    Pressing the App key - Facebook is still in the Apps folder
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    Pressing the back key - Facebook is still on the home screen
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    Let's hold the Facebook icon and drag it up and to "Remove"
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    It's removed from the home screen
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    Facebook is still in the Apps folder
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    So that's how you add and remove from your home screen, If you want to uninstall, like I said, you just take this Facebook icon, drag it up here to "Uninstall"
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    Then click Uninstall
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    Facebook no longer in the Apps folder and is now uninstalled
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    Thank you for watching VisiHow
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    Today we've showed you how to remove applications from your home screens and also how to uninstall them and just get them off your phone completely. If you need more help, let us know in the comments or questions section. Otherwise, have a great day and thanks for watching.
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Video: Add, Delete and Move Application Shortcuts on the Home Screen of Samsung Galaxy S5 method1

Method 2

Add Application Shortcuts to your Galaxy S5 Home Screen

You can access your favorite apps right from the Home Screen of your Samsung Galaxy.

Home screen shortcuts on the Samsung Galaxy S5 help you quickly open applications and folders that you regularly use. This way you don't need to scroll through application menus, or cycle through multiple buttons and screens just to find an app. Instead, you can add an application icon to any Home Screen, and just tap it once to open the app.

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To add application shortcuts to a Home Screen, follow these steps:

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    Navigate to your main Home screen by pressing the 'Home' button once
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    Swipe either to the left or right to the Home Screen where you want to add a new application shortcut
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    Once you are on the Home Screen where you'd like to add the new application shortcut, tap the 'Apps' icon
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    This will open a list of applications installed on your device.
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    From the list of applications, locate the one you want to make a shortcut for
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    Press and hold the application icon
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    This should cause the screen view to switch back to the Home screen you started from. Continue pressing and holding the application icon.
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    While continuing to hold the application icon, drag to where you'd like it to be on the Home screen
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    Once you're happy with the location, remove your finger from the app icon. This will place the application shortcut on the Home Screen.
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    You have successfully added an application shortcut to the Home Screen of your Samsung Galaxy S5
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    The shortcut icon can now be accessed from the selected Home screen by simply swiping right or left to access that screen, and tapping on the icon to launch it.
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Delete Application Shortcuts From Your S5 Home Screen

You can delete shortcuts from the Home Screen, but it will not delete the associated App.

If you think that a shortcut needs to be removed from the Home screen, you can simply remove it by following the procedures below. Take note that removing applications shortcut from the Home screen only deletes the shortcut icon on the Home screen. The application will not be deleted and can still be accessed through the application list.

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    Press the 'Home' button once to go to your main Home Screen
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    Swipe either left or right to navigate to the Home screen where the application shortcut you would like to delete is located
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    Touch and hold the application icon until the screen view shows a trash icon
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    The trash icon will appear in the upper right part of your screen. Continue holding the application icon you'd like to delete,and proceed to the next step.
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    Drag the icon over the trash bin, and release it by removing your finger
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    The selected application shortcut icon will now be deleted from your Home Screen.
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    You've now learned how to delete application icons from the Home Screen of your Samsung Galaxy S5.
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Move Application Shortcuts on the Galaxy S5 Home Screen

Application shortcuts can be moved and rearranged to suit personalize your device.

Personalizing your device is a big part of ownership, and not being able to move or rearrange icons to suit your tastes can be frustrating. The steps below will show you how to move application icons on your Home Screen.

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    Press the Home button once to navigate to your main Home Screen
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    Swipe either left or right to access the Home Screen where the application shortcut you would like to move is located
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    Touch and hold the application icon until the you see a trash icon in the upper right part of the screen
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    Continue pressing and holding the application icon, and proceed to the next step.
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    To move the application to a different place on the same Home screen, simply drag the shortcut icon to the new location, and remove your finger to release it
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    To move an application to a different Home Screen panel, drag the application shortcut icon to the extreme left or right of the screen, and wait for the phone to switch to the next Home Screen.
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    When you're on the Home Screen where you'd like the application shortcut icon to be moved to, drag it to the location you'd like it be placed, and remove your finger to release it
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    You've now learned how to move application shortcut icons on your Samsung Galaxy S5.
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Tips and Suggestions on Home Screen App Shortcuts

  • Deleting an application icon from the Home screen does not uninstall the application. It just removes the shortcut icon.
  • Some factory or carrier applications can not be deleted. You will instead need to disable them. To disable an application icon, please view the Q&A section at the bottom of this article, and follow the steps there.
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Questions and Answers for App Shortcuts

How to move apps to different screens on Samsung S5?

Holding the icon for 2-3 seconds doesn't show the trash can at the top. I'm unable to delete it.

If you are attempting to delete a factory app, such as S Voice, then you will not be able to delete it the normal way. Instead, you will need to disable it. You can disable apps on the Samsung Galaxy S5 by following these steps:

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    Press the Home button.
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    Select Apps.
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    Tap 'More Options'.
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    Tap 'Uninstall/disable apps'.
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    Tap the minus sign on any application you would like to uninstall or disable.
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    Review any notices or warnings that may pop up, and tap 'Disable'
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    Continue deleting or disabling apps until you have removed all of the ones you no longer want.
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    Press the 'Back' button or the 'Home' button at any time to return to the Home screen.
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I believe my phone must have updated or my daughter moved stuff when she was using it. I usually keep Facebook at the bottom for quick access. It's gone from there but it isn't on my apps pages either. I have to Google Facebook each time I want it to open. It is in my recently removed place but it will not put it back?

If I hold it down, it will move but not back to my apps page like other stuff. How do I get the shortcut back?

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Tonight I lost my pages of apps and my home page with accuweather?

The app icons were small now they are larger you can't press and hold and move, I want my factory settings back along with my widgets. I have tried: Everything I can think of and nothing works. I think it was caused by: I don't know what caused the problem

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Get rid of duplicate icons on home pages not apps, the duplicate icons?

Get rid of duplicate icons on home pages without disturbing apps

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How to delete multiple app icons without uninstalling the app?

How to delete multiple app icons without uninstalling the app. I have tried: Multiple app icons on the wall. I think it was caused by: No idea

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