Rearrange, Add and Remove Home Screen Panels on Samsung Galaxy S3 Lollipop/Marshmallow vs Jelly Bean/Kitkat

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Personalize your Samsung Galaxy S3 by customizing the home screen with your preferred apps and widgets. The Galaxy S3 can have up to seven home screens, and you can rearrange your apps and widgets in any order you want. You can also create folders to help organize everything, along with editing how the screens transition when you swipe through them.

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Method 1: Lollipop/Marshmallow

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    To navigate between your home screens you can do one of two things; swipe your finger across the screen horizontally or tap and hold the little home screen icon (little house) until a slider appears.
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    To create a new home screen panel, tap and hold somewhere between your icons until the home screen shrinks.
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    Swipe to the left until you see a blank screen with a large "+" sign.
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    Tap the "+" to add a new home screen panel.
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    To delete a panel or icon, tap and drag it to the "Remove" bin.
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    You can set a different home screen panel as the default, by tapping the little house icon near the top.
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    A message will appear stating the default home screen changed.
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    To move an app or widget to another panel, tap and drag it to another home screen panel.
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    Create a new folder by tap and holding on an icon until "Create folder" appears in the upper left corner
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    Drag the icon to the folder and release it.
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    Name your folder and tap "Done" when you're finished.
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    To add a widget, tap and hold in between your icons until you see the widgets menu pop-up.
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    Tap and drag a widget to one of the home screen panels.
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    To change the home screen transition effect, tap and hold in between your icons, then tap "Home screen settings" in the lower right corner.
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    Choose one of the available transition effects or None.
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    To add/edit a wallpaper to either the home or lock screen, tap "Wallpapers" in the lower left corner.
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    Here you can choose a wallpaper from one of the stock images or from your own folders/images.
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Method 2: Jelly Bean/Kitkat

Android version 4.1:

To customize the home screen layout of your phone, follow these steps:

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    Go to your phone's home screen.
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    Touch and hold the screen .
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    Select <you>Add to home screen</you>.
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    Touch or tap the "Page" tab.
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    All your home screens will be displayed
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    You can now edit, delete and add new ones, and you can customize, and rearrange them any way you like for your home screen.
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Android version 4.2 and 4.3

Method 1

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    Go to your Home screen by pressing the Home button once or tapping on the Back key repeatedly.
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    With your two fingers separate, touch the Home screen.
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    Perform a pinching gesture
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    While still touching the screen move your fingers closer - towards each other.
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    Your screen panels will now be displayed
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    You can now rearrange them, add a new home screen panel, or delete an existing one.
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Method 2=

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    Go to your Home screen by pressing the Home button once or tapping on the Back key repeatedly.
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    Tap on the Menu key on the lower-right part of your phone to view the list of available Home screen options.
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    From the list of options, tap on "Add or Remove a Page"
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    Your screen panels will now be displayed
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    You can now rearrange them, add a new home screen panel, or delete an existing one.
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Removing a Home Screen

It is very simple to remove the home screen of your Samsung Galaxy S3.

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    Press the Menu button on the bottom left of your phone.
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    Some options will appear
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    Tap on "Add or Remove a Page"
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    Click, Hold, and Drag that page to the Trash Bin then click Okay.
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Add a New Home Screen

If you can see the blank screen with a plus (+) sign, it means you have successfully deleted one. Now you can add a new screen in its place.

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    By touching the plus (+) sign, a new home screen editing page will appear.
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    Now you can add app icons and widgets to your new home screen.
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Rearrange the Home Screen

If you are done adding everything you want to your seven home screens, you can now rearrange the app icons and widgets in any order you want. Your default home screen is usually the middle screen. Then you can normally swipe to the left or right of the default screen to get to the other screens. To change/rearrange the home screen positions in the order you wish, follow these steps:

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    Select the screen you want to rearrange and touch and hold on it.
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    Drag it to the new location
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    You can put it next to the default screen, or in another location.
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    Confirm changes
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    Just verify the changes for the new placement for your new screen
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • To get a better view of your home screens so that you can arrange them as you wish, pinch the home screen.
  • If your screen edit is locked, try this:
    • If you are using ADW Launcher, click the "Settings" and check to see if there is an option to unlock. Toggle this option.
    • If you are using Next Launcher, click the "Preferences", and go to "Advanced Settings". Then you will see "Screen Edit Locked". Toggle this to unlock it. Or you can click the "Menu" button and tap "More". Then you will see a padlock icon and you can toggle it to unlock your home screen.
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Questions and Answers

There is no option "Add to Home screen" on Spring Galaxy S3 after my last update.

With the latest update, you can now just go to your Home screen and do a pinching gesture to view your Home screen panels and configure them. Updated instructions for the new update have been added to the article.

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You can follow the steps below to be able to add the icon to your home screen.

1. Visit your application menu.

2. Press and hold over the app icon you want to bring to the main screen.

3. As you are holding - the app will present itself on your home screen.

4. Simply drag it to where you want it to be placed and release to have it saved to your home screen.

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 with Android 4.3 and I am struggling to add a new home screen. Any ideas?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 with Android 4.3, and I am struggling to add a new home screen. Any ideas?

By default, you should have 7 pages available for your home screen. To add a screen, simply long press on an empty space and choose Add a Home Screen and then select page.

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If you feel like you need more than 7 pages for your home screen, you can also install a custom launcher app from the Play Store. Choose from any of the free launcher apps here: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=launcher&c=apps&hl=en

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Nothing happens with the "touch and hold"?

Nothing happens with the "touch and hold"

Restart your phone and see if it works this time. It may also help to clean your screen as when it is dirty with debris, even oil, it may make it less sensitive to touch. This may be the reason your phone is not recognizing your commands. Use a lens cloth to clean the screen.

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How can I arrange icons and delete extra screens?

How to delete extra screen on Samsung S3

To delete extra home screen on your Samsung Galaxy S3, you need to go to your home screen.

Then pinch on that page and you will see the home screens.

You can drag the extra home screen you want to delete, upwards and drop it to Remove.

Do the same on any other home screens you want to delete.

I don't see "Add to Home Screen."

If your phone has been updated already from Android 4.1 to 4.x. you can simply go to your phone home screen and perform a pinching gesture to get access to the Home Screen Panels, so you can configure any or all of them. Follow these steps to add more "Home Screen Panels":

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1. Go to the list of applications on the phone.

2. Look for any applications you want on your home screen panel, tap and hold the application you want and it will direct you to the phone home screen panel.

3. Select the phone Home screen panel you want to place the application on, and simply drag it to the left or drag it to the right.

If you want to reduce or add phone home screen panels, you can simply pinch the phone home screen. It will show you all the phone screen panels. You will also find a blank panel with a plus sign to add a panel, and a trash bin for you to remove or delete a panel.

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"Add to Home Screen" appears with a smaller font and does not respond.

I'm trying to remove the home screen. Can you help?

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I'm only interested in sorting the icons on one of my home pages.

I know how to sort apps on the app page. I want to do so on one of my home pages.

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Panel on S3 homepage deleted or moved by error.

Hi. I used to have a 'panel' on my home page with two of my regular contact details. I accidentally deleted or moved this and I need it back.

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How do you re-arrange the apps so you don't have so many panels?

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How can I edit S3 home screen lower message, contacts and phone button?

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Step 4 tells me to select or tap the page tab, what is the page tab?

Where on the phone is the page tab located?

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Thanks Elite, I have sorted my problem, with the help page.

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