How to keep your Android home screen clean and uncluttered

How to keep your Android home screen clean and uncluttered
Please note: this is a tutorial for inexperienced users.

Your Android smartphone's home screen can become quite messy pretty fast, especially if you constantly download a lot of apps. Fortunately, keeping the home screen clean requires little effort. That is, of course, if you want it clean, because some people may actually like their home screen to be chock-full of apps and widgets.

There are two important things that you can do to try and keep your home screen uncluttered.

First, you have to stop shortcuts from being automatically added to the home screen whenever a new app is downloaded. Sure enough, when an app shortcut is automatically created, you can just delete it from the home screen. But you might not always have time to do this for each and every app. Thus, here's a quick tutorial on how to stop app shortcuts from showing up on your home screen. After you turn off Android's automatic shortcut feature, if you think a certain downloaded app needs to always be at your fingertips, look for it in the app drawer and drag it to the home screen to make a shortcut.

The second thing that you have to do in order to keep your home screen tidy is to use app folders. To create a folder on the home screen simply long press on an app, and drag it on top of another app. Once you lift your finger from the screen, you'll have a brand new folder (always shaped like a circle) containing both apps involved. Then you can add other apps by long pressing and dragging them on top of the folder. You can give your folders separate names, and, if you want to, you can even add emojis to the names.

Thanks to app folders, you can always quickly access any app from your home screen (with just two taps), while also keeping everything clean and simple.


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12 Comments

1. ankitp

Posts: 138; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

inexperienced users -> shift to iOS ,android is for pro

3. Florin.T

Posts: 318; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

You mean 1 billion users (that's how many active Android users Google says there were around the world last year) are all "pro"? Not so sure about that :)

4. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Huh? Both OSs are extremely easy to use. This tutorial works exactly the same on iOS anyways.

2. Jorgemerino97

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

Wow! I didn't know that...

5. Scorpion

Posts: 103; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

IOS isn't that different from Android, esspcially nowdays. Anyways another way to keep your home sreen strait, is to put widgets - for example put a facebook widget on top, and apps in the two bottom lines. Will look orderly.

6. waqarzec

Posts: 75; Member since: May 09, 2013

ios is similar to Android now a days Coz...it has copied Android

9. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

i think its the other way around!

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

In denied. So you going to claim Android copy Notification Center, Widget and Multi-tasking from iOS?

12. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

What's wrong with companies copying each other? It just leads to innovation.

7. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Nova launcher. Gestures to access the app drawer.

8. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

My home screen: app drawer with two folders on either side of it in the dock, Gaussian blur wallpaper and a 5x2 weather widget on top. looks neat. New ideas, anyone..??

11. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Well I want just to add that there is several apps that can increase home screen space for example: 1) "Appdialer" that lets you inter an app by typing its name. 2) "Popup Widget 2" lets you open a widget by pressing an icon. 3)"Invisible Active Widget" lets you put an invisible icon to open an app on homescreen.

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