Customize the Favorites Tray of Samsung Galaxy S5

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The Favorites Tray on your Samsung Galaxy S5 contains five icons that remain in place even if you move between Home screen panels. By default, the Favorites tray has five icons: Phone, Contacts, Messages, Internet and the Apps. All of these icons, but the Apps, can be rearranged, removed and replace with a different application icon.

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Rearrange icons on the Favorites tab of Samsung Galaxy S5

Aside from the Apps icon, you can arrange any of the other four icons on your Favorites tab. To arrange the icons based on your preference, follow these procedures:

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    Go to your Home screen by either pressing the Home button once or by tapping the Back key for a few times.
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    Favorites tab will be displayed on the lower part of your Home screen, touch and hold on the icon that you want to move to a different location
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    For this example, touch and hold the message icon until the edit screen will appear.
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    On the edit screen, continue holding the selected icon and move to the desired location on the Favorites tab
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    For this example, drag the Message icon to the first icon's (Phone) place.
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    You will notice that as you move the Message icon on the first icon's location, the other icons (Phone and Contacts) will move to give way for the proposed arrangement.
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    Release the icon, in this case the Message icon, to put it in place.
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    You have successfully rearranged the icons on your Favorites tab.
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Remove a shortcut icon from the Favorites tab on Samsung Galaxy S5

You can remove any of the other four icons on your Favorites tab except for the Apps icon. To do that, follow these procedures:

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    Go to your Home screen by either pressing the Home button once or by tapping the Back key for a few times.
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    Favorites tab will be displayed on the lower part of your Home screen, touch and hold on the icon that you want to move to a different location
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    For this example, touch and hold the message icon until the edit screen will appear.
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    While on the Edit screen, continue holding the selected icon (Messages) and drag it into the Remove icon (trash bin icon) located on the upper-right part of the phone's screen.
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    Once the icon is positioned on the trash bin icon, release the Messaging icon to remove it from the Favorites bar.
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    The icon will now be removed from the Favorites tab
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    You have successfully learned how to remove an icon from the Favorites tab.
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  • Note: Removing an application icon from the Favorites tab will not uninstall the application. You can still have an access to the removed application by going to the Application list.

Add a shortcut icon on the Favorites tab on Samsung Galaxy S5

You can add an application shortcut icon on the Favorites tab so you can easily access the said application on your Home screen. To add an icon to the Favorites tab, follow these procedures:

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    Go to your Home screen by either pressing the Home button once or by tapping the Back key for a few times.
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    From the Home screen, tap on the Apps icon to get to the list of applications installed on your phone.
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    From the application list, look for the application that you want to make a shortcut to in the Favorites tab.
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    Touch and hold on the application icon (on this case, the Message application) and wait until you will be taken to the edit screen.
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    While still holding the application icon, drag it to the desired location in the Favorites tab.
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    • If the number of icons on your Favorites tab is less than five, then the selected application icon will insert itself into the selected location.
    • If the number of icons on your Favorites tab is five, then the application icon will replace the current application icon from the selected location.
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    The selected application icon will now be seen on the Favorites tab
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    You have successfully learned how to add a shortcut icon on the Favorites tab.
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Questions and Answers

Do the contacts have to be on the device?

I have them on the SIM card and can't make favorites.

You will need to move your contacts from the SIM card to your phone, which can be done by following these steps:

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    Press the 'Home' Button.
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    Select 'Contacts'.
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    Tap the 'Contacts' tab.
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    Select 'Menu'.
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    Select 'Import/Export'.
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    Choose 'Import from SIM'.
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    Select 'Device'.
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    Tap 'Done'.
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This will complete the process of transferring your contacts to the phone, which will let you customize the favorites option.

How do I move my top 3 favorite people to the top of my home screen?

On my Samsung S5, how do I move my top 3 favorite people to the top of my home screen

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How to remove the favorites tray?

Hi there? How can the favorites tray be removed from the home screen of my Android tablet? Any idea/suggestion? Thanks

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Actually, it's not the favorites tray, it's the home screen on my S5?

I wonder how to place individual people on my home screen so I can contact them with less clicks. I have tried: I moved something off of my home screen to make room. But, now their photos have disappeared.

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If you have trouble with changing photographs for contacts, then follow the procedure for Android devices described in our tutorial on how to add photos for contacts. While the tutorial is for another phone, it works the same way for Galaxy S5.

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Now, if you want to add a contact to your home screen, then follow the instructions below.

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    Press the home button.
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    Tap on the Contacts application
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    You may need to tap on the "Contacts" tab after that.
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    Tap on the required contact.
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    Press the triple-dot icon in the upper-right corner
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    This will open up additional options.
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    Tap on "Add shortcut to home screen"
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    This will add a contact with his or her photograph to the home screen of your S5.
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There is another method of doing the same.

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    Tap on a blank area on one of the home screens.
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    Tap on "Widgets".
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    Find and drag "Contact 1x1" to the free space on the home screen.
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    Choose the required contact.
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You can also download third-party widgets for more customization options. You can try Contact Widget, Favorite Contacts Widget Free, etc.

My S5 is not allowing me to customize my favorites contacts?

Hi, thanks for your help. My Galaxy Samsung S5 does not allow me to manage my favorites customize. How can I do that?

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