Android: how to stop app shortcuts from being created automatically on your home screen

Android: how to stop app shortcuts from being created automatically on your home screen
Let's say that you have your Android phone's home screens arranged to perfection – you have your app shortcuts, your folders, and your widgets right where you want them. But then suddenly, the immaculate presentation of your home screens is disturbed because that app you just installed slapped its shortcut on one of them. Oh, the horror!

Okay, we may have gotten a bit carried away there – app shortcuts can be easily removed or grouped in folders for a tidier home screen. Still, there's a better solution for folks with OCD who don't want app shortcuts to be created automatically for each newly-installed application.

So here's the deal. To turn Android's automatic app shortcut feature off, you need to open your Play Store application. Tap on the basket in the upper left-hand corner (or swipe from the left) to bring out the side panel where the Settings menu is. Open up the Settings menu and take a good look at the third option, the one labeled "Add icon to Home screen for new apps". This is what you need to disable.

Ta da! From now on, app shortcuts won't be generated automatically after you install an application. Your home screens will stay right the way you want them. Feel free to refer to the screenshots below in case any of the aforementioned steps are unclear.

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19 Comments

1. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Helpful Indeed! Thanks Nick T.

10. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Hi PA. Just a suggestion. Can you please consolidate all your tips and tricks per OS in a separate tab? This will help us explore more about our chosen platform. Thanks.

11. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

so true! it's refreshing to see articles (some of these tips might be known to some of us, still!) which aren't always about rumours of possible launches, some of them even cooked up, and worse that are repeated. I like these batch of writers who can add something meaningful on future technology speculation, some analysis from time to time and even these small tips (not be overdone) can be quite helpful. Thanks Nick, Florin, Maxwell and Michael... couple of others also write well..Thanks guys.

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

That sure is a weird looking basket...

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2626; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Just a suggestion as this is pretty much the second article like this today: Maybe add a tag to such articles like "Beginner" or "Newbie" or something of the sort. I do believe that there is a place for articles like this, absolutely, but a quick flag on it would keep the regular readers from jumping in.

6. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I wish to add a similar sentiment. PA has begun sprinkling in beginner type posts. I'm generally not interested in these (only enough to complain about them, apparently).

12. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

i was actually just complimenting the author! Not to carp on your comment, just curious to know, couldn't you tell whether it's a beginner article by reading the title "Android: how to stop app shortcuts from being created automatically on your home screen" ?

16. jellmoo

Posts: 2626; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It's not so much based on this article in particular, but more of a general notion. A good tag would group such articles together and make it simpler to navigate.

17. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

In general, I guess it can help! With you.

4. somad

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Thanks a lot, I was looking for this.

5. RandomAshole

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Really? A separate article for this and "Merging the duplicate contacts?" :-|

7. shihte

Posts: 61; Member since: Sep 02, 2013

Thnx didn't know about it

8. Totse2k15

Posts: 478; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Wow! I did not know you can do this. I just read "How to access the quick settings menu on Android with one move (even from the lock screen)" today, too. Thanks, Captain Obvious.

9. jibraihimi

Posts: 815; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Even if icons are added on home screen, then what's the big deal in it....??? You can easily remove those icons by just dragging and dropping it in the upper left corner of the screen, and it will be removed..... If you are using other launchers then you can even hide the app icons in app drawer.......

13. breathlesstao unregistered

Some apps will still go ahead and create icons when you install them or run them for the first time though. :/

18. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Nope. Can you name the app?

14. karamelakimo

Posts: 109; Member since: May 26, 2014

That was helpful Thanks really

15. sbfalex

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

wtf? this feature was always available... or at least since I started using android since the htc desire days.... how can there still be ppl that still don't know how to turn this off???

19. aquadhine30

Posts: 1; Member since: May 27, 2016

Thank u so much! I feel better now!

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