How to enable the app drawer on the LG G6


Ah, the app drawer. One of the most basic amenities of the Android smartphone, a single place for all your apps. One tap or swipe away from your home screen, the app drawer is always there to ensure order in a world of chaos. And yet, some are not fond of it.

The app drawer is something you either love or hate, apparently, with no room for middle ground, so it's always a welcome decision the phone makers' part to include the option to either enable or disable it, depending on your preferences.

It's good news that with the G6, LG has decided to give users the freedom of choice, although enabling the by-default disabled app drawer results in some minor changes to the overall experience of using the G6.

So, let's take a look at how to switch ON the app drawer and what changes this entails. To enable the feature, follow these simple steps:

  • Long-press on an empty space on your home screen
  • Tap “Home screen settings”
  • Tap “Select Home”
  • Choose “Home & app drawer” from the menu


If you can't see "Home & app drawer" as an option, go to Update center > Update applications and accept any pending updates. (Thanks to Xperia14 for the tip!)

That's it! You now have an app drawer, as well as a button to access it from your dock.

Do note, however, that enabling the app drawer actually changes the default launcher. Although it looks similar, you'll notice that pulling down from the home screen doesn't bring up the nifty recents/search screen, and likewise, swiping to the right doesn't open the “Smart Bulletin” (although the latter is something we can totally live without).



Another minor change that the “app drawer launcher” entails, comes in the form of a new menu for adding shortcuts to the home screen. It can be accessed by long-pressing on an empty space on the home screen and looks like, well, like a narrow, horizontal app drawer. Only tapping an icon in it doesn't open the app, but rather flings it to your home screen.

So, do you personally use an app drawer, and if you do, would you rather have access to it via a dedicated button, or would you rather settle for a gesture-based approach (a la Pixel and Galaxy S8)? Tell us in the comments bellow!

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G6
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(20.5h talk time)

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5 Comments

1. sb311

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

As many of you saw (and voted for) in the Customer Launcher voting. My G6 has gesture launching like the Pixel and It definitely adds to the minimalistic aesthetic that this phone possess.

2. TechGirl90 unregistered

I may be the only one, but I've grown to like having the Home Screen with no App Drawer, for me it's just a quick swipe to what you need to select and create your own folders, and you can hide apps too. I like it, but that may just be me though. :)

4. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I really love my app drawer. And my G6! Too bad I dropped it already before my case arrived..

3. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

This didn't work for my G6. There was no "home & app drawer" option within the select home menu (it only showed "home" and "easy home"). I had to go to about phone -> update center -> update applications in order to make the "home & app drawer" appear.

5. Milen_Y

Posts: 115; Member since: Jun 09, 2016

Thanks for the tip, Xperia14! The update must have already been applied on the unit I used.

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