Add Applications and Widgets on the Home Screen of Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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You can add application shortcuts and widgets to your home screen so you can easily access your favorite applications without actually combing through all of your applications in your application folder. This article will discuss how to add application shortcuts and widgets to your home screen.

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Widgets vs. Applications: What's the difference?

Some people may have difficulty identifying a widget from an application. The difference between applications and widgets are the following:

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    How they function.
    Widgets main functions are to assist the user and make using the phone easier and more productive. Some applications are also designed for the same functions, but only a low percentage of the apps are meant for "assisting purposes". Also, most of the time, a widget is an easy way of accessing a phone's normal function. Clock, calendar and weather are examples of widgets.
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    How they can be accessed.
    Widgets can only be accessed on the home screen. They are designed to work on the home screen, while applications, most of the time, open a new window that is solely for the application. Applications can also be accessed both from the Home screen and the App list.
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    How they work.
    Widgets work without actually triggering or opening them. The moment you put them on the home screen, they start working and give you the information that you need. Applications, on the other hand, will only work when triggered or opened. Some applications may run automatically in the background, but you still need to open them to view the information, while widgets show what they have to offer at "face value".
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    Where they are listed.
    This is the easiest way to identify a widget from an application. From the App and Widget list, applications are listed on the Apps tab (upper-left tab) while Widgets are on the Widgets tab (upper-right tab).
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How to add an application shortcut on Galaxy Note3's Home screen

If you want to add an application shortcut to your Galaxy Note3's home screen, then follow these procedures:

Add application shortcuts from the App list

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    Make your way to your Galaxy Note3's home screen.
    You can do this by either tapping on the "Home" button once, or tapping on the "Back" key a few times until it takes you to the Home screen.
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    Tap on the "Apps" icon.
    The Apps icon is where all of your applications and widgets are listed. Tap on the Apps icon on the lower-right part of the screen to see your installed applications and widgets.
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    Locate the application you want to make a shortcut to.
    By default, applications on the App list are alphabetically arranged. To locate a certain application, simply scroll your way down the list until you see the desired application's icon.
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    Tap and hold on the application icon.
    Once located, tap on the application icon so you can trigger the phone to create a shortcut.
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    Wait until you are taken to the home screen.
    After holding for a few seconds, you will move from the application list to your home screen. Keep on holding on the app icon at this moment.
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    Drag the application shortcut to your desired position.
    Move the application icon to the location where you want to place it. Make sure that the chosen space is empty.
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    Release the app shortcut.
    When you have chosen your preferred empty space on the home screen, release the application icon from being held.
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    The application shortcut will now appear on the home screen.
    Upon release, a shortcut of the target application will now appear on the home screen.
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    You have successfully learned how to add an application shortcut from the application list on your Samsung Galaxy Note3.
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Add application shortcuts via the Home screen

To add an application shortcut from your Galaxy Note3's home screen, follow these procedures:

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    Make your way to your Galaxy Note3's home screen.
    You can do this by either tapping on the "Home" button once, or tapping on the "Back" key a few times until it takes you to the home screen.
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    Tap and hold on an empty area.
    From your home screen, look for an empty slot and tap and hold on it until additional options appear.
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    Tap on the Apps and widgets option.
    From the options, tap on the "Apps and widgets" option to open the application and widget list.
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    You will be taken to the Apps list.
    As mentioned above, the Application list is where you will find all your Galaxy Note3's installed applications.
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    Tap and hold on the application icon.
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    Tap and hold on the application icon.
    Once located, tap on the application icon so you can trigger the phone to create a shortcut.
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    Wait until you will be taken to the home screen.
    After holding for a few seconds, you will move from the application list to your home screen. Keep on holding the app icon at this moment.
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    Drag the application shortcut to your desired position.
    Move the application icon to the location where you want to place it. Make sure that the chosen space is empty.
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    Release the app shortcut.
    When you have chosen your preferred empty space on the home screen, release the application icon from being held.
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    You have successfully learned how to add an application shortcut from the home screen on your Samsung Galaxy Note3.
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How to remove an application shortcut on Galaxy Note3's home screen

If you want to remove an application shortcut from your Galaxy Note3's home screen, then follow these procedures:

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    Make your way to your Galaxy Note3's home screen.
    You can do this by either tapping on the "Home" button once, or tapping on the "Back" key a few times until it takes you to the home screen.
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    Locate the application shortcut that you want to remove.
    You can scroll from one home screen to another if the desired icon is on the other home screen panel.
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    Tap and hold on the application shortcut.
    Once you have located the application shortcut, tap and hold on the shortcut icon for a few seconds.
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    Wait until a trash bin icon will appear on the upper-right part of your Note3's screen.
    After holding the selected application shortcut for a while, a trash bin will appear on the upper-right part of your screen. This is your signal that the device is ready to remove the selected icon from the home screen.
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    Drag the application shortcut to the trash bin and release.
    While still holding the target application shortcut, drag the application icon to the trash bin to delete it.
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    The application shortcut is now removed from your Galaxy Note3's home screen.
    You will notice that the application shortcut is not available on the home screen anymore.
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    You have successfully learned how to remove an application shortcut from the home screen on your Samsung Galaxy Note3.
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  • Note: Removing an application shortcut from the home screen does not actually install the application. If you want to access the app again, you can still go to the app list to open the target application.
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How to add a widget on Galaxy Note3's home screen

If you want to add a widget on your Galaxy Note3's home screen, then follow these procedures:

  1. 1
    Make your way to your Galaxy Note3's home screen.
    You can do this by either tapping on the "Home" button once, or tapping on the "Back" key a few times until it takes you to the home screen.
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    Tap on the "Apps" icon.
    The Apps icon is where all of your applications and widgets are listed. Tap on the Apps icon on the lower-right part of the screen to see your installed applications and widgets.
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    Tap on the "Widgets" tab on the upper-right part of the screen.
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    Locate the widget that you want to add to the Home screen.
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    Tap and hold on the widget icon.
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    Wait until you are taken to the home screen.
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    Resize the widget to your preference.
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    Release the widget.
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    The widget is now on the home screen.
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    You have successfully learned how to add a widget on the home screen of your Samsung Galaxy Note3.
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How to remove a widget on Galaxy Note3's Home screen

If you want to remove a widget from your Galaxy Note3's home screen, then follow these procedures:

  1. 1
    Make your way to your Galaxy Note3's home screen.
    You can do this by either tapping on the "Home" button once, or tapping on the "Back" key a few times until it takes you to the home screen.
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    Locate the widget that you want to remove from the home screen.
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    Tap and hold on the widget icon.
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    Wait for the trash bin to show on the upper-right part of the screen.
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    Drag the widget to the trash bin icon.
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    The widget is now removed from your Samsung Galaxy Note3's home screen.
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    You have successfully learned how to remove a widget from the home screen of your Samsung Galaxy Note3.
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Questions and Answers

How to change little house icon on screen to different page?

How do you change what page that controls

There is no setting on the device that can change what page you see first when pressing the home button. If you wish to customize the page you can simply press and hold on application you want remove from the page to add them to another page on your device.

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Samsung Galaxy Note3 Home Screen menu?

My manual refers to "Edit Page" and "Apps" on the Home Screen menu button. I have only "Wallpapers" Widgets" & "Home screen settings." How do I get it to display the Edit Page and Apps as well?. I have tried: Don't know what to try. I think it was caused by: Don't know

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I cannot seem to add my messages app to my home screen instead of message+?

I have removed message+ from my home screen as this app uses data. Now, I would like to add reg message app to my home screen and cannot figure out how to do it.. I have tried: I tried to follow the directions on this page but I am unable to create a shortcut for message which is listed under applications. I think it was caused by: Lack of user knowledge

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I have updated Galaxy software, and the application list does not display a widget list?

When I go to the app list, widgets are not listed there. Where are they?. I have tried: Going to the app screen. I think it was caused by: I am not sure. Maybe it's my settings.

To view widgets, press the home button and pinch the screen. Widgets will appear at the bottom of the screen. You can select widgets from there.

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