Customize the Home screens on your Galaxy tablet

Galaxy TabS7 and adding app shortcut to the screen

Your home is where you keep all your important stuff, and similarly the Home screen on your tablet is where you can access all your important apps and features. Once you customize your Home screen, it will feel as cozy as your real home.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider and software version. Galaxy Themes is only compatible with select phones, not tablets.

Manage Home screens

When you open your tablet, 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. Tap Delete to confirm.

  • 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 on or off: If you'd like to enable or disable Samsung Free, swipe all the way to left until you reach the Samsung Free 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 app shortcuts

Add a shortcut to a Home screen

If there's an app you're always using, you can add a shortcut to it on your Home screen for easier and faster access.

  1. Open the Apps screen by swiping up on the screen.

  2. Touch and hold the desired app, and then drag it to a Home screen.

  3. You can also touch and hold an app, and then tap Add to Home.

Add to Home highlighted above Game Launcher icon

Remove a shortcut from a Home screen

On the other hand, if there's an app shortcut on your Home screen that you don't use very often, you can delete the shortcut but still keep the app.

  1. Touch and hold the app shortcut you want to remove.

  2. Tap Remove to remove the shortcut from the Home screen.

  3. The app itself will not be deleted; it will remain on your tablet.

Remove highlighted above the Game Launcher icon

Manage widgets

Add a widget to a Home screen

Widgets are almost like mini apps. They provide shortcuts to your favorite apps' features. For example, the Weather widget will tell you the weather in real time, and the Google bar makes searching the web easier.

  1. Swipe to the Home screen where you want to add a widget, and then touch and hold an empty space on the Home screen.

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

  3. Swipe though the widget's additonal options, and then tap Add to add the widget.

Widgets highlighted on a Galaxy tablet

Depending on the widget, the following options may be available after you've place the widget:

  • Resize: If the widget can be resized, it will have a blue line along the edges. Simply touch and drag the blue circles to lengthen or shorten the widget.

  • Color: Some widgets can be set to different colors. Select the color that best matches your theme or background.

  • Transparency: Increase the widget's transparency to make it suitable for your wallpaper.

Remove a widget from a Home screen

Having too many widgets can make your Home screen look crowded or disjointed. If you want to delete a widget for any reason, you can do so at any time. You can always add it again later if you'd like.

  1. From the Home screen, touch and hold the widget you want to remove.

  2. Tap Remove to make the widget disappear.

Remove highlighted above a widget

Create or delete folders

Add a folder to a Home screen

Your tablet 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.

  4. To select a color for the folder, tap the Palette 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 on your Home screen.

  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.

Folder with name changed to Game

Delete a folder from a Home screen

If you’ve made so many folders you’ve lost track of where everything is, you can delete them whenever you want. And don’t worry, the apps will return to where they were before.

  1. Touch and hold the folder you want to delete, and then tap Remove

  2. The folder will be removed and the apps will return to the Apps screen.

  3. 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.

Folder being removed from the Home screen

Manage wallpapers

Note: Galaxy Themes is not available on Galaxy tablets.

Give your tablet'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 any empty space on the tablet's Home screen, and then tap Wallpapers.

  2. You can also navigate to Settings, and then tap Wallpaper.

  3. Tap 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.

  4. Tap Home screen, Lock screen, or Lock and Home screens.

  5. Adjust the wallpaper as needed, and then tap Set on Home screen, Set on Lock screen, or Set on Lock and Home screens.

A list of options for Set as wallpaper

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