Edit Home Screen on Android Oreo

Edited by Jay, Maria


Customizing the home screen on your Android device is one of the key aspects of personalizing the mobile experience. The home screen is where all the action is and ensuring you have quick access to your most used apps and functions are of the highest importance. An unorganized home screen can cause fumbling about, and unnecessary tapping, and ultimately hamper the feel of your phone or tablet.

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In this VisiHow tutorial, we're going to cover everything about setting up your home screen, including settings, widgets, wallpapers, icons, folders and more. For this article, we used an unrooted Google Pixel running Android 8.1.0.

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Add, Move, Delete Icons, and Favorites

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    To add an app shortcut on your home screen, first access your app drawer
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    Next, tap + hold (long press) and drag the icon to the edge of the screen until the home screen becomes editable, then drop it in an available spot.
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    If you don't have any free spots on your main home screen, drag it to the edge and drop it on an additional screen.
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    To move an icon into a different position, tap + hold it until the home screen becomes editable.
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    While still holding, move the icon to an empty spot or, just below an existing shortcut to take its position. Note that if you take the spot of an existing app, it will automatically relocate it for you.
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    To delete an app shortcut from the home screen, tap + hold it, then drag it to "X" in the upper left corner. This will only remove the icon from the home screen
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    The application will still be accessible from the app drawer.
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    Your favorites occupy the first row of icons, they sit directly above the Google search box
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    To add or move a shortcut to your favorites, tap + hold the icon, then move it to the favorite row.
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Add Wallpapers, Widgets, and Create Folders

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    To customize your home and lock screen wallpapers, tap + hold in between the shortcuts in your favorites and the first row of icons until you see the additional three options appear.
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    Once inside Wallpapers, scroll around until you find something you like
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    You'll have the opportunity to set whatever you choose for either the; home screen, lock screen, or both. For a more detailed look at setting up wallpapers, check out our Pixel/Pixel XL Display article.
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    To add a widget to your home screen, tap + hold again in between your favorites and the first row of app shortcuts, then tap "WIDGETS".
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    When you've found a suitable widget (notice there are different sizes), tap + hold until the home screen appears, then release the widget somewhere on the screen. Depending on the size of the widget, you may have to add it to a second/third screen or, make room on your main home screen first.
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    Creating folders is a great way to save space and group together similar apps/functions
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    To do so, tap + hold an icon, then drag it onto another one.
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    Now you'll see both icons inside one shortcut
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    To name the folder, tap the new shortcut.
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    Now, tap the text "Unnamed Folder" until your keyboard launches
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    Rename the folder to something you prefer, then tap the blue checkmark in the bottom right corner.
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    To remove an icon from a folder, tap + hold until each shortcut is fully visible, then drag it back out to the home screen.
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Quick Access App Shortcuts

Quick access from an application shortcut is pretty sweat. Instead of having to go into the app and tapping through to get to the desired function, you can get there much quicker by simply long pressing the shortcut from the home screen, then selecting the option you want. Only certain options and functions are available with this method, so you'll have to experiment a bit to get an idea.

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    Tap + hold an application shortcut on the home screen
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    For example, we used the Clock app. You'll notice a menu pop-up just above the shortcut you long pressed on.
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    Depending on the app/function, you'll see different options
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    For the clock we see; Screen saver, Start stopwatch, Create new timer, and Create new alarm.
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    To add a shortcut to a particular function within the app, tap + hold the double line menu next to it, then drag it to a free position on the home screen.
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    You can also add widgets from the quick access menu
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    Tap the widget icon in at the top of the menu box.
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    To add the widget, tap + hold one, then drag it out to your home screen.
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    To see information on the app itself, tap the app info icon in the upper right corner of the quick access menu.
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    Each app shortcut offers different quick access options
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    Play around with them to see what is available for each that reside on your home screen.
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  • Home Screen Settings

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      Just as we did earlier to access Wallpapers and Widgets, tap + hold in between the favorite app row and the row directly above it
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      When the three options appear, tap "HOME SETTINGS".
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      The first option inside Home Settings is "Notification dots". Tap it, and you'll see the following;
       
      1. App notifications: Tap this to edit which apps will display notifications.
      2. On the lock screen: Tap this enable or disable seeing notifications on the lock screen.
      3. Allow notification dots: Enable this, and you'll see a dot on the app shortcut when a new notification is available.
      4. Blink light: Turn this on to see a flashing light from your device's LED lights upon receiving a new notification.
      5. Default Notification sound: Tap this to change the sound you hear each time you get a notification (if your ring volume is turned up).
      6. Swipe fingerprint for notification: Tap this to be able to check your notifications by swiping the fingerprint scanner.
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      The next option in Home Settings is "At A Glance"
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      Tap this enable/disable; Calendar events, Upcoming flight information, and Traffic information.
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      The following four options inside Home Settings are as follows.
       
      1. Add icon to home screen: With this enabled, a new shortcut/icon will be added to your home screen every time you install a new application.
      2. Display Google app: Turn this on, and you'll see the Google app icon to the left of your display on the home screen.
      3. Display app suggestions: Enable this to get application suggestions at the top of your app list.
      4. Allow Home screen rotation: With this enabled your home screen will rotate between portrait and widescreen when you tilt the device.
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      The second last Home Setting option is "Change icon shape"
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      Tap this and select one of the available options when the pop-up menu appears.
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      The final Home Setting is "About"
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      Tap this to see information about your device's launcher. This is the same as viewing an app's info through the settings app.
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    If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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