Customize Favorites Tray on Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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The Favorites tray allows you to quickly access your favorite applications on the home screen of your Samsung Galaxy Note3. These are the lowest five icons on your home screen that remain on the screen, even if you move from one home screen to another. By default these are the five application icons in your favorite tray: Phone, Contacts, Messages, Internet and Apps.

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Rearrange Icons on the Favorites Tray

To rearrange icons on the Favorites tray, follow these procedures:

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    Go to your home screen by pressing on the "Home" key or the "Back" key a few times
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    From the Home Screen, choose from the default five icons that you want to rearrange
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    Tap and hold on one icon then move it to any location among the five icons
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    Release the icon to save the new arrangement
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    Repeat until you have the five exactly where you want them.
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    You are done rearranging icons on your Favorites tray
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Delete Icons on the Favorites Tray

To delete icons on the Favorites tray, do the procedures below:

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    Go to your Home Screen by pressing on the "Home" key or the "Back" key a few times
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    From the Home Screen, choose from the default five icons that you want to delete
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    Tap and hold on the desired icon until a trash can appears on the upper-right part of your Note3's screen
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    Drag the icon to the trashcan icon and release it
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    You are done deleting icons on your Favorites tray
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  • Note: Deleting an icon on the Favorites tray does not uninstall the whole application. You can still open that application by going to the Apps list.

Add Icons to the Favorites Tray

To add icons on the Favorites tray, do the procedures below:

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    Go to your Home Screen by pressing on the "Home" key or the "Back" key a few times
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    From your home screen, tap on the "Apps" icon to view all the applications on your phone
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    Look for the application that you want to move into the Favorites tray
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    Tap and hold on the application icon until it allows you to move the icon
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    Move the icon to your desired location on the Favorites menu
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    You are done adding icons to the Favorites tray
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  • Note: The Favorites tray is only allowed up to five icons. If you want to put more items on it, put a group of items in a folder and then move the folder to the Favorites icon.

Questions and Answers

Nothing happens when holding the icon?

If nothing happens when you hold the preferred icon, follow these steps:

  • Check if you did it correctly. The action needed is to tap and hold it for a few seconds. This means that you must touch the icon and hold your finger there without lifting it until a trash bin appears on the right part of your screen.
  • Make sure that only a single finger is touching your screen. If other fingers are touching the screen, these multi-touches can disable the trash bin from showing up.
  • Restart your phone. It's possible there's a glitch. If this is the case, restarting your device will fix it.
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Ensure that you are tapping fully on the icon and holding. This should prompt the icon to be moved on the screen in your favorites tray. Press and hold securely on the icon and wait for your screen to vibrate to indicate that the icon is ready to be moved.

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How to enable favorite tray in Samsung Note3?

I am using Samsung Note3 phone. I want to rearrange my favorite tray icons but somehow I'm not able to choose any icons when I tap and try to hold it on. Hence, I could neither rearrange nor delete them.

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Since you are having some trouble moving or adding some icons in your favorites tray, before doing this, try to restart your phone first for sometimes there is a glitch that is causing trouble customizing your favorites tray icon.

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  • After a fresh restart, go to your home screen and push or tap the home button a couple of times to view the favorites tray icon and delete your desired icon to free some space for the icon you would like to add.
  • After deleting some of the icon buttons in your favorite tray icons, you can simply add some by going to your applications icon or in the menu icon. Then tap and hold the icon you wish to be added to your favorite icon. You must tap and hold it and don't release it until you see the option to move that icon to the tray or it allows you to drag it. On some case you can try tap and hold it then drag it to the menu or to the bottom screen and add it to the favorite tray icon.
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If you have followed the steps indicated above, it is possible that the current firmware is in the way of making you customize your favorites tray.

You can use any of the following to resolve the issue:

  • Use another launcher (apex or nova).
  • Root your phone and flash another systems` firmware.

Add number of icons to favorites tray?

I would like to have more then 5 icons on the favorites tray. I am having no problem moving, deleting, or changing the icons however when there is the max it won't allow me to add more. I hope this makes sense. Thanks

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If you need to add favorites simply press on the + button so that you can add the person to the bar. Also you can go to contacts>>favorites tab>>and press the menu button so that you can arrange your favorites.

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Need to customize my favorite tray of Samsung Note2?

I need to change the favorite tray icons and add my own icons there, but I do not know how. While trying this, I accidentally deleted my favorite menu. So first help me restore my favorite menu, then help me customizing it....

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