[Galaxy Tab A] How do I adjust the home screen including app shortcuts and widgets?

Last Update date : 2015.05.26

Home Screen

The Home screen is the starting point for using your device. Customize your Home screen by adding application shortcuts, widgets, folders, and using wallpapers.


Apps Folder: For your convenience, there are several applications that are grouped into a folder on the main Home screen.

Notification icons: Display new messages and emails, notifications, available software updates, and so on.

App shortcuts: Shortcuts to your favorite applications.

Status Bar: Displays device status icons (right) and notification icons (left).

Apps screen: Allows quick access to all of your applications.

Status icons: Display information about the device, such as the network signal strength, battery level, the time, and so on.

Home screen indicator: Indicates which Home screen is presently displayed.

Widget: Self-contained application that runs on the Home screen (not a shortcut).

Manage Home Screens

Your device comes with multiple Home screens to hold apps and widgets. You can rearrange the Home screens in a different order.

1. Touch and hold an empty space on the screen.

2. Use these options to manage screens:

Add a screen: Swipe to the end of the screens, and then touch Add 1 .

Remove a screen: Touch and hold on a screen, and then drag it to Remove 1 .

Set a screen as the main Home screen: Touch Main Home screen 1 at the top of a screen. This screen displays when you press the Home key.

Change the order of screens: Touch and hold on a screen, and then drag to a new position.

3. To stop editing the Home screens, touch Back 1 .

App Shortcuts

You can use app shortcuts to launch an app from any Home screen.

Add a Shortcut to a Home Screen

1. From a Home screen, touch Apps 1 .

2. Touch and hold an app shortcut, drag it to a Home screen and release it.

Remove a Shortcut

1. Touch and hold a shortcut to release it.

2. Drag the icon to Remove 1 and release it.

Note: Removing a shortcut does not delete the app, it just removes the shortcut from the Home screen.


Widgets are self-contained apps that run on a Home screen. There are all kinds of widgets, including links to a specific contact, Internet bookmarks, Gmail and email accounts, and many others.

Add a Widget to a Home Screen

1. Touch and hold an empty space on the screen, and then touch Widgets.

2. Touch and hold a widget, drag it to a Home screen and release it.

Remove a Widget

1. From a Home screen, touch and hold a widget to release it.

2. Drag the widget to Remove 1 and release it.

Note: Removing a widget does not delete the widget, it just removes the widget from the Home screen.


Place folders on a Home screen to organize items.

Add a Folder to a Home Screen

1. From a Home screen, touch and hold an appshortcut.

2. Drag the shortcut onto another app shortcut and release.

3. Enter a folder name.

4. Touch Back 1 . A folder is created with the shortcuts inside.

Use Folders

1. Touch a folder to open it and access the shortcuts inside.

2. To add shortcuts to a folder, drag each app shortcut onto the folder and release.

3. Touch Folder colors 1 to change the folder’s color scheme.

4. To delete a folder, touch and hold the folder until it detaches, and then drag it to Remove 1 and release.



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