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

Last Update Date : Jan 13. 2018

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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