Organize the Home screen on your Galaxy phone or tablet

Phone icons and widgets on the background with a Samsung Galaxy s22 ultra

Everyone loves a comfortable and clean home, and that applies to our digital spaces, too. With the use of widgets, folders, and additional Home screens, Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets let you customize, style, and organize to keep them as tidy as your house without all the work!

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and device model.

Landscape Home screen

Note: This option may not be available on all devices.

By default, Galaxy devices are set to Auto rotate so the device will automatically adjust its display mode based on how you are holding it.

You can also lock the screen in Landscape mode, if needed. Just turn your device sideways and open the Quick settings panel by swiping down from the top of the screen. Tap Auto rotate; the device will now be locked in Landscape mode. To go back to Auto rotate, simply tap Landscape in the Quick settings panel.

Do you want your Home screen to rotate to landscape too? To do this, navigate to Settings, tap Home screen, and then tap the switch next to Rotate to landscape mode.

Auto rotate enabled on the Quick settings panel

You can also make your Always On Display appear in Landscape mode if you prefer. From Settings, tap Lock screen, and then tap Always On Display. Tap Screen orientation, and then tap Landscape. Now your AOD will always display in Landscape mode.

Manage Home screens

When you open your device, you want to get right to the good stuff, and that starts with the Home screen. You can customize your Home screens any way you want. Add, remove, or change your main Home screen, so everything is just how you like.

  1. From any Home screen, touch and hold an empty space.

  2. The screen will enter Edit mode, displaying multiple screens. From here, use the following options to manage your screens:

Multiple Home screens displayed on a Galaxy tablet
  • Add a screen: Swipe left until you see an empty Home screen, and then tap Add (it looks like a plus sign).

  • Remove a screen: Swipe to a Home screen you want to remove, and then tap the Delete icon (it looks like a trash can) at the top.

  • Set a screen as the main Home screen: Swipe to the Home screen you want to make your main screen. Tap the Home icon (it looks like a house) at the top to make it your go-to screen. The bolded Home icon indicates which one is the main Home screen.

  • Change the order of screens: Touch and hold the screen you want to move, and then drag it to the desired position.

  • Turn Samsung Free or Google Discover on or off: If you'd like to enable or disable Samsung Free or Google Discover, swipe all the way to the right until you reach the Samsung Free and Google Discover screen. Tap the switch at the top to turn it on or off.

  • Edit the Home screen settings: Tap Settings at the bottom of the screen to be taken to even more options for the Home screen, such as adjusting the Home screen's layout.

Manage wallpapers

Note: Galaxy Themes is not available on Galaxy tablets.

Give your device's Home screen even more personality by changing the wallpaper. You can use a preloaded one or a picture from your Gallery.

  1. Touch and hold an empty space on the Home screen, and then tap Wallpaper and style. You can also navigate to Settings, and then tap Wallpaper and style.

  2. Tap Browse my wallpapers to select from preloaded wallpapers, or tap Gallery to select your desired photo.

    Note: If you choose Gallery, you will need to select a photo, and then tap Done.

    Browse my wallpapers highlighted on a Galaxy phone
  3. Tap a wallpaper you like, and then choose if you'd like it to display on your Lock screen, Home screen, or both. Tap Preview to view the wallpaper.

  4. Tap Done to apply the wallpaper.

Create or delete folders

Your device comes with preloaded folders, like the Samsung folder, so all your related apps can be together in one place. But you can also create and edit your own folders to help you organize your other apps.

  1. From the Home screen, touch and hold an app. You can also swipe up to access the Apps screen, and then choose an app.

  2. Drag the app on top of another app, and then release. The two apps will both be added to the same folder.

  3. Tap Folder name and enter an appropriate name for the folder. Tap Done on the keyboard.

    Folder with Folder name above it
  4. To select a color for the folder, tap the Palette icon (the circle) in the upper right-hand corner.

  5. You can add more apps to the folder by tapping Add (the plus sign) or by dragging other apps into the folder.

  6. To exit the folder, tap anywhere outside the folder.

  7. If the folder is on your Home screen, you can move it to a different spot. Touch and hold the folder, and drag it to your desired location.

  8. If your folder is on the Apps screen, you can also move it by touching and dragging it. Or, you can touch and hold the folder, and then tap Add to Home. A shortcut for the folder will appear on the Home screen and a copy of the folder will remain on the Apps screen.

  9. To delete a folder, touch and hold the desired folder, and then tap Remove. The folder will be removed and the apps will return to the Apps screen.

  10. If you have multiple copies of the same folder (i.e. one on the Home screen and one in Apps), they will have to be deleted separately.

Add or remove widgets

Widgets are like mini versions of apps. They appear on your Home screen and when you tap them, they will activate or use an app's feature. These shortcuts will help you access your favorite apps faster.

  1. To add a widget, swipe to a Home screen. Then, touch and hold an empty spot.

  2. Tap Widgets, select your desired widget, and then tap Add.

    Widgets highlighted on a Galaxy phone
  3. To remove a widget, just touch and hold the widget on the Home screen, and then tap Remove.

  4. You can also create a stack of widgets on your Home Screen. Start by creating a widget, and then touch and hold it. Tap Create stack, and then tap the widget you would like to stack. Tap Add.

  5. You can then switch between the widgets by swiping left and right.

  6. To edit a stack, touch and hold your desired widget stack. Tap Edit stack, and then tap Delete (the minus icon) above the widget you would like to remove. Or, tap Add (the plus sign), and then choose a new widget to add to the stack.

  7. You can also tap the switch next to Auto rotate widgets. This will make your widgets automatically rotate to show you the most relevant information.

  8. To completely delete a stack, touch and hold your desired widget stack, then tap Remove all, and then tap Remove when prompted.

There are a few options available after you’ve placed your widget. Keep in mind the options may vary depending on the widget.

  • Resize: Widgets that can be resized will have a blue line along its edges. You can resize it by touching and dragging the lines.

  • Color: Set your widget to a different color. You can access this by touching and holding the widget and then tapping Settings.

  • Transparency: Increase or decrease the widget’s transparency so you can easily see it. You can access this by touching and holding the widget and then tapping Settings.

Replace apps in your favorite apps section

The bottom row on your Home screen is reserved for your favorite app shortcuts. You can remove these shortcuts and add new ones if you’d like to change up your Home screen. You can also find these shortcuts in the taskbar on your One UI 5 Z Fold phone.

  1. From a Home screen, touch and hold the app shortcut you’d like to remove or replace.

  2. Next, drag it to another part of the screen. Or, tap Remove to remove the shortcut from the Home screen. You’ll still be able to access the app from the Apps screen.

    Remove highlighted above the Messages shortcut on a Galaxy phone
  3. To add a new favorite app shortcut, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Apps screen. Touch and hold your desired app, and then drag it to an empty spot next to the rest of your favorites.

  4. You can repeat this process for all of your current favorites.

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