Edit Home Screen on Android Oreo
Edited by Jay, Maria Quinney
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.
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.
Add, Move, Delete Icons, and Favorites
Add Wallpapers, Widgets, and Create Folders
- 3Once inside Wallpapers, scroll around until you find something you like. You'll have the opportunity to set whatever you choose for either the; home screen, lock screen, or both.Pixel/Pixel XL Display article.
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.
- 1Tap + hold an application shortcut on the home screen. For example, we used the Clock app. You'll notice a menu pop-up just above the shortcut you long pressed on.
Home Screen Settings
- 2The first option inside Home Settings is "Notification dots".
- App notifications: Tap this to edit which apps will display notifications.
- On the lock screen: Tap this enable or disable seeing notifications on the lock screen.
- Allow notification dots: Enable this, and you'll see a dot on the app shortcut when a new notification is available.
- Blink light: Turn this on to see a flashing light from your device's LED lights upon receiving a new notification.
- Default Notification sound: Tap this to change the sound you hear each time you get a notification (if your ring volume is turned up).
- Swipe fingerprint for notification: Tap this to be able to check your notifications by swiping the fingerprint scanner.
- 4The following four options inside Home Settings are as follows.
- 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.
- Display Google app: Turn this on, and you'll see the Google app icon to the left of your display on the home screen.
- Display app suggestions: Enable this to get application suggestions at the top of your app list.
- Allow Home screen rotation: With this enabled your home screen will rotate between portrait and widescreen when you tilt the device.
- 6The final Home Setting is "About". Tap this to see information about your device's launcher. This is the same as viewing an app's info through the settings app.